Thomas E. Hannigan III

Thomas E. Hannigan III

Information Systems Manager and Facilities Coordinator

Office: 322 Walker Engineering Building
P 662.325.7302


M.S., Aerospace Engineering, 1990.


Thomas E. Hannigan received his M.S. (Aerospace Engineering) in 1990 and joined the Aerospace Engineering faculty the same year. He coordinates the use of the undergraduate laboratory facilities, and serves as technical advisor for graduate research in those facilities. He serves as a pilot and flight instructor at the Raspet Flight Research Laboratory, and for the MSU glider club. He is the advisor for the August Raspet Student Chapter of the AIAA, as well as advising the MSU Soaring Club. He is also the Information Systems Manager of the Aerospace Engineering Department. Prior to joining Mississippi State, he worked in a variety of posts in the United States Army, and then as a contract instrument, single and multi-engine instructor for the US Air Force Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Division. He holds FAA certificates for Commercial, Flight Instructor and Instrument ratings for single and multi-engine airplane, as well as certificates as an Advanced & Instrument Ground Instructor.

Teaching Areas

  • Introductory Aerospace Engineering
  • Freshman Computer Initiative
  • Data Acquisition and Control Systems
  • Flight Mechanics - Aircraft & Spacecraft Performance
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Anemometry in Subsonic Flow
  • Advanced Airplane Flight Instruction

Taught Courses

Undergraduate Courses
  • ASE 1010 Intro to Aerospace Engineering
  • ASE 1013 Introduction to Aerospace Engineering
  • ASE 1023 Introduction to Flight Mechanics
  • ASE 2013 Astronautics, Propulsion, and Structures
  • ASE 2113 Aircraft and Spacecraft Performance
  • ASE 4113 Aerospace Eng Lab I
  • ASE 4721 Aerospace Engineering Lab II
  • EM 2413 Engineering Mechanics I Statics
  • EM 2433 Engineering Mechanics II Dynamics
  • EM 3313 Introduction to Fluid Mechanics

Research Areas

  • Flight Mechanics Performance, Stability & Control
  • Ventilation Flow Rate Measurement
  • Data Acquisition and Control Systems
  • Air Flow in Poultry Houses

Funding Agencies

  • U.S. Space Grant Consortium
  • South Central Poultry Research Laboratory, USDA

Select Journal Publications

  • Simmons, J. D., Lott, B. D., Hannigan, T. E., "Minimum Distance Between Ventilation Fans in Adjacent Walls of Tunnel Ventilated Broiler Houses," Journal of Applied Engineering in Agriculture, June 1998.

Select Conference Proceedings

  • Hannigan, T.E., Simmons, J., Koenig, K., Cruse, G., Poh, K., "Flowfield Mapping and Cooling Fan Flowrate Measurement Systems Development by Aerospace Engineering Laboratory Students," Proceedings of the 1997 Annual ASEE Conference, Milwaukee, WI, June 1997
  • Simmons, J. D., Hannigan, T. E., Lott, B. D., "Volumetric Air Flow and Airflow Patterns in Tunnel Ventilated Broiler Houses," Southern Poultry Science Society, Proceedings of the 18th Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, Jan 1997.
  • Simmons, J. D., Hannigan, T. E., and Lott, B. D., "Flow Rate Variations Resulting form Placment of large Fans in Tunnel Ventilated Broiler Houses," ASAE Annual International Meeting, 1998.
  • Davis, E. N., Koenig, K., Hannigan, T. E., and Spencer, M. R., "Bat Swing Speed Measurements of College Athletes With Supporting Analytical Model," ASME/AIChE/USNCB/BMES Summer Bioengineering Conference, 1999.

Honors and Awards

  • Tau Beta Pi
  • Gamma Beta Phi
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Phi Theta Kappa
  • Sigma Gamma Tau

Professional Memberships

  • National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI)
  • FAA Accident prevention counselor for Clovis, NM
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Associate Fellow
  • American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), Senior Member
  • Former operations officer, mission pilot, NM Civil Air Patrol (CAP)