Dr. Paul MacCready has retired as chairman and director of Aerovironment (AV) as a result of a recently diagnosed, serious health issue. The Board of Directors of AeroVironment has unanimously elected Tim Conver as chairman of the board, effective immediately. After joining AV's Board of Directors in the late 1980's, Conver became its president in 1991 and assumed the additional role of chief executive officer shortly thereafter.
Nicknamed “the father of human-powered flight," Dr. MacCready was named Engineer of the Century by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and selected Graduate of the Decade by the California Institute of Technology. He was also named one of the 100 greatest minds of the twentieth century by Time Magazine.Editor’s Note: In addition to its aerospace achievements, AV develops advanced power electronics systems. For example, AV's PosiCharge fast-charge systems eliminate battery changing for industrial electric vehicles in factories and airports. AV also provided systems engineering for GM’s Impact EV.