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AerE welcomes visit from alum, Major General Clinton Crosier

Major General Clinton Crosier and Director of VRAC Jim Oliver discuss augmented reality research during his tour of Howe Hall.

On Monday, the Department of Aerospace Engineering welcomed Major General Clinton Crosier ‘87 for a visit. Before Maj. Gen. Crosier delivered a speech titled, “National Defense and International Security,” at the Memorial Union, he stopped by Howe Hall to speak with students.

Crosier is director of operational capability requirements and deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and requirements for the Air Force. He creates and assesses the needs for modernization plans for fighters, bombs, space systems, missile defense and cyber requirements. He also directs and supervises more than 110 military and civilian employees in seven divisions.

Crosier met with interim chair Christina Bloebaum, lecturer Tomas Gonzalez-Torres, and M:2:I program coordinator Matthew Nelson. He was treated to a tour of the

Major General Clinton Crosier prepares for a virtual trip to the deck of an aircraft carrier.

department and saw the research facilities as well as the student labs.

Crosier also met with James Oliver, Director of the Virtual Reality Applications Center, and toured the VRAC facilities. Crosier saw what researchers are doing with augmented reality and went inside the C6, to experience virtual reality on the deck of an aircraft carrier.

After his tour, Crosier took questions from aerospace engineering students and faculty and spoke about his experience in the military.