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Robert Gallo

Robert Gallo

Mechanical engineering prof. | George Mason University | Class of 1976

Amateur engineers, don’t try this at home. 

“In 1976, there was a low speed wind tunnel in the aeronautical engineering laboratory behind the Transportation Building, where Mike Bragg — later head of the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Illinois — other students and I built and tested a motorcycle windscreen as part of our capstone effort," says George Mason mechanical engineering professor Robert Gallo.  

“We built a smoke wand to see the airflow, fashioned the motorcycle rider from Styrofoam and then dressed him in fatigues ‘borrowed’ from the ROTC department. 

“The sound echoed through the old building and we could not hear anyone talk when the tunnel was running. 

“Great experience.”