Mark “Nate” Callender joined the Aerospace Department at MTSU in 2005. He earned an M.S. in Aviation Systems and a Ph.D. in Engineering Science from the University of Tennessee Space Institute. His courses taught at MTSU include: Introduction to Aerospace, Theory of Flight, Aviation Laws and Regulations, Fundamentals of Aerodynamics, Problems in Aerospace, Aircraft Performance, and Applied Statistics in Aviation Research. He coordinates the Aerospace Technology concentration, supervises the Aerospace Technology Laboratory, mentors undergraduate and graduate researchers (Aerospace Technology seniors, URECA Scholars, Honors students, and Masters students), chairs departmental and university committees, and is a member of the EXL, Honors, and Graduate faculty. His area of specialization is in low Reynolds number aerodynamics, propeller/rotor noise reduction, and fixed-wing flight testing.
Dr. Callender’s tries to inspire his students in the “pursuit of wisdom” by pursuing it himself. He wants his students to discover the truth of the proverb “blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding” (Proverbs 3:13). He hopes to exemplify calmness of temper and judgment inside and outside of the classroom. Dr. Callender has incorporated glider design competitions, flight testing (simulated and actual), and wind tunnel usage (actual and virtual) into AERO 1020, 3440, and 4440. He has also used a robot in the classroom for recording lectures that can then be provided to students upon request.
Dr. Callender was recognized for Outstanding EXL Collaborations, an influential faculty member, and as a professor who makes a difference. He has received the Excellence in Teaching Award and the Most Challenging Class Award. He was awarded MTSU’s Outstanding Teacher Award in 2015.