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Rocket to glory: Exhibit honors X-15 pilot

 Forty years after the X-15 crash that took his life, an OU graduate is being honored in an exhibit at the Aerospace Museum of California.  George Adams of Sacramento is on hand as the Aerospace Museum of California unveils an exhibit about Air Force Maj. Michael J. Adams and the X-15 rocket plane. "He liked more action," George Adams said of his brother. "He was never one to sit behind a desk." Forty years ago, a Sacramento native was making his hometown proud, flying what the wire services called the X-15 rocket ship. He was slipping the surly bonds of Earth in April 1967, press accounts said, by making his first flight to the "fringes of space." Around early November that year, Air Force Maj. Michael J. Adams was back home fishing in Folsom Lake with a boyhood chum. The outdoors, like flight, was a passion. Two weeks later, on Nov. 15, 1967, the graduate of Sacramento High School made his seventh flight in an X-15 rocket-powered plane. The 37-year-old f

CoE Dean Appointed To Army Science Board

Thomas Landers, dean of the College of Engineering, was recently appointed to the Army Science Board, a federal advisory committee that advises the secretary of the Army, the chief of staff of the Army, the assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisition Logistics and Technology, and major Army commanders on a wide variety of scientific and technology matters. The Army Science Board is composed of distinguished individuals from the private sector, academia and non-Department of Defense government agencies to ensure that diverse disciplines and points of view are represented. The broad mission of the board, which was chartered in 1977, enables it to obtain the expertise and counsel essential to the successful conduct of the Army’s acquisition, logistics and technology programs.   Members participate in study groups on topics of high priority to the Army. Each study is of one to two years in duration. Landers has served the OU College of Engineering as dean and AT&T Chair since Octob