Dr. John D’Azzo served Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the country as an outstanding engineer, educator, and technology leader for nearly sixty four years. He began his career in 1942 as an officer in the Army Air Corps and continued as a Professor, Department Head and, ultimately Professor Emeritus in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology.
Throughout his long tenure, Dr. D’Azzo shaped and molded the lives and careers of future Air Force leaders on a routine basis. He was known worldwide for his considerable expertise and contributions in the areas of control theory and aircraft flight control systems. Through his leadership, the Air Force Institute of Technology developed the first ever graduate program on guidance and control. His textbook, Feedback Control System Analysis and Synthesis, coauthored with colleague Constantine Houpis, is recognized as a classic in its field and has been translated into several languages.
For his contributions to engineering education and research, John was inducted as a fellow in several national associations including the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The shared library stands as a lasting tribute to his singular legacy of achievement.