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About Dr. Jewel B. Barlow

Dr. Jewel Barlow

Jewel B. Barlow has been Director of the Glen L. Martin Wind Tunnel (GLMWT), University of Maryland, since 1977 when he succeeded Don Gross, the tunnel’s first director. Barlow began his association with GLMWT soon after joining the faculty of the University’s Department of Aerospace Engineering in 1970 and served as Acting Director prior to his appointment as Director.

He came to the University of Maryland from the University of Toronto (Canada), where he earned a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering. His doctoral studies were supported by a National Science Foundation Fellowship. He also holds a Bachelor of Science (Engineering Physics) and Master of Science (Aerospace Engineering) from Auburn University. As a faculty member he taught the primary courses in flight dynamics from 1970 to 2004 and chaired the Aerospace Engineering Department’s Undergraduate Committee for ten years. He was advisor and chair for twelve doctoral students and numerous master’s students and continues to mentor graduate students.

Under Barlow’s direction, the Glen L. Martin Wind Tunnel has broadened the types of projects it undertakes, applying aerodynamic and hydrodynamic testing in new areas, in addition to its long-standing research and development work related aeronautical vehicles. It has been a primary participant in the development of aerodynamic shapes for automobiles with testing work beginning in the 1970s. Extensive work in the hydro- and aerodynamic design of yacht keel s and sails began in the 1980s, leading to the wind tunnel’s involvement in the campaigns of several significant syndicates as they campaigned for the America’s Cup. Barlow and the wind tunnel have assisted many Maryland Industrial Partnership (MIPS) projects for start-up and small Maryland companies, applying their broad knowledge to a wide range of market segments and contributing to the State’s economic progress.

In addition to other publications, Barlow is the primary author of Low Speed Wind Tunnel Testing (3rd Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1999), the recognized standard reference and text in the area. Barlow was recruited to write the new edition by Alan Pope, author of the first edition which was published in 1913. Low Speed Wind Tunnel Testing has been described as indispensable for wind-tunnel professionals as well as engineers, designers, architects, and others who use this experimental technology in their work. A new edition of the book is in progress.

Barlow is active in several professional associations. He has been a representative to the Subsonic Aerodynamic Testing Association (SATA) since 1976, served as Chair in 1990-92, and has been a member of the Executive Committee since 1990. He is a 35-year member of the Society of Automotive Engineering and has been active in the Road Vehicle Aerodynamics Committee and the Truck and Bus Fuel Economy Committee and chaired Aerodynamics sessions at the SAE World Congress for twenty years. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

About the Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel

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The Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel is a state of the art low speed wind tunnel that has been actively involved in aerodynamic research and development since 1949. It was constructed as part of a gift to the University in the late 1940's. It was provided with the best available equipment at the time of its construction and has been frequently upgraded to maintain it as a state of the art facility. It is large enough to perform extensive development tests for a wide range of vehicles and other systems and is well suited for conducting major research efforts in low speed aerodynamics and hydrodynamics. The range of applications for subsonic aerodynamic tests is very broad. The list of research and development tests carried out includes work on aircraft of many types and many other vehicles and devices some of which are mentioned on our "Examples of our work" page. More than 1800 tests have been conducted to date. 

Our Fund Vision

The Jewel B. Barlow Fund has been established to perpetuate the storied legacy of the Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel through one of our most valuable resources--the students! Each year a co-op is carefully selected from a highly competitive group of applicants. These students enjoy a real-life and hands-on engineering experience that augments their academic program and exposes them to the exciting challenges that engineers can encounter through the design and experimentation processes. The GLMWT goes on to support students the following year by paying the student's tuition once he or she returns to full-time study. It is not unusual for our students to acquire internships or job offers from clients through their co-op experience, demonstrating the exceptional value working at the wind tunnel can have for students.

We are seeking funds to establish a scholarship that will extend our educational efforts and the opportunities that we can afford our co-op students. A donation to the Barlow Fund will benefit the students, who go on to achieve great success beyond their tenure at the University of Maryland.

Donors may select from the following categories:

  • Bronze: $250
  • Silver: $500
  • Gold: $1,000
  • Platinum: $5,000
  • Benefactor: $10,000 and up

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Gift Instructions

Donors can make contributions to the Jewel Barlow Fund through the Giving to Maryland website by donating to the Wind Tunnel Fund.

Questions about gift giving can be directed to Rebecca Kier, Associate Director of Development, at 301-405-0318 or via email at

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