Top 100 Aerospace and Aviation Professionals to Follow On LinkedIn 2021: 64. Marilyn Smith

Marilyn Smith

Marilyn Smith

Director GT Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence and Professor, Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering

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United States

What I use Linkedin for:

Reach and follow fellow Vertical Lift Researchers.

Number of Followers:



Vertical Lift


Who am I:

I am passionate about Engineering. Specifically, my calling is in rotorcraft – or as it is called now – Vertical Lift. These amazing vehicles are the transport of Heroes who save lives daily. My career is to do anything I can to advance the technology to design and analyze these vehicles, and to train the next generations of engineers and scientists to take us farther, faster, and safer. If my research helps to save even one life, then my career and the sacrifices I’ve made have been worthwhile.

What I do:

Professor and Director of Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence, Georgia Tech

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

Vertical Lift – whether military, civilian, manned, unmanned – is expanding and innovating daily. I focus not only on these important technology innovations, but I provide a female perspective and act as a role model in an area with the one of the fewest percentages of women in positions where decisions are made. As a professor at one of the top universities in engineering, I also am engaged on the pulse of academic advancements in this and other areas.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

I follow the companies and organizations – large and small – who I believe are making a difference in vertical lift, such as the US Army, NASA and Archer. With respect to individuals who I follow for professional reasons, I look at those whose opinions I respect, whose research/innovations are making a difference, and other women leaders in Aerospace, either in Academia, Industry or Government.

My favourite or most successful post:

There are a couple, but the best one about me personally is this one (and one from DRL):

It was posted by Georgia Tech, but it shows how research isn’t boring but can be really fun being used by the DRL and an XBOX game Virtual Simulator. This post has attracted a lot of attention from people on LinkedIn and at GT, where young people across the world have contacted me about how to get involved in something like this – including women who were so happy to see this “cool” innovation by a woman. It opened their eyes! Everyone, including women and URM, should be judged on what they have done or can do – not their gender, color, religion, national origin, or even politics. We must celebrate victories and provide support in stamping out bias and discrimination. I try to keep that in mind when I am on LinkedIn

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