Photo courtesy of Batesville AviationBatesville, In. — Vice chairman of Grammer Industries, Charles “Shorty” Whittington, and owner of the Batesville Airport attended and addressed the mayor and city council Monday night. Whittington told elected officials the facility is on the market for $1.5 million and there is a prospective buyer. Due to confidentiality concerns, Whittington would not reveal who the buyer or buyers were.The 123-acre facility has a 6,000-foot long runway and is “mothballed.” Whittington says all requirements to operate are being maintained and flight operations could continue within four business days after notifying aviation officials.Additionally, Whittington says a recent study done by state officials show the facility could be suitable for a regional airport site. Combining the needs of Greensburg and Batesville communities could save Decatur County residents as much as $15 million and serve aviation needs of both communities while preparing for opportunities created by the proposed port in Lawrenceburg.Whittington says because of the facility layout, aviation and industrial development can coexist. Industrial development or warehouse space could occupy about 80 acres and the balance would support aviation operations.Whittington says the prospective buyer is interested in the industrial opportunities offered by the site.
“In general, my interest has been on invention, technology and development,” Khoshnevis said. “I have inventions in many different fields including fabrication, energy, wind, biomedical and dentistry.” Viterbi School of Engineering professors Mahta Moghaddam and Berok Khoshnevis were elected to the National Academy of Engineering, a nonprofit institution dedicated to promoting leaders in engineering and fostering an innovative environment Feb. 7. The NAE induction ceremony will take place Oct. 6 in Washington, D.C. Khoshnevis holds over 100 patents related to 3-D printing. In 2017, Khoshnevis founded the Contour Crafting Corporation, which aims to apply 3-D printing to the construction industry. Moghaddam’s research includes using remote sensors to find patterns in weather and hydrologic cycles to demonstrate how water resources are becoming depleted in the world. As a microwave engineer, she focuses on designing, building, transmitting and repairing electronics that transmit small electromagnetic waves, or microwaves. Professors Mahta Moghaddam (left) and Berok Khoshnevis (right) were elected to the National Academy of Engineering earlier this month. (Photo from Viterbi School of Engineering) Khoshnevis is among one of the key developers of 3-D printing, particularly for large-scale structures and buildings. “Election to the National Academy of Engineering is the highest achievement and recognition for an engineer,” Viterbi Dean Yannis Yortsos said. “Khoshnevis is essentially one of the key people who developed 3-D printing,” Yortsos said. Khoshnevis said he was humbled by the distinction and grateful to be inducted into the prestigious collective of intellectuals. Moghaddam serves as the director of new research initiatives within Viterbi and is involved with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Antennas and Propagation Society, an international organization that specializes in the interaction between waves and their terrestrial surroundings. Only 12 other Viterbi faculty members have been elected to NAE since 2008, according to Viterbi. Her work as the director of the Microwave Systems, Sensors and Imaging Lab led to innovative approaches to environmental mapping and breast cancer treatment. Moghaddam said she was honored by her election to the academy and aims to continue her engineering endeavors. “I hope to be able to do my part to inspire and support and to do all I can to live up to … the expectations of this wonderful institution that is USC, and of course, USC Viterbi,” Moghaddam told USC News. “Having been selected by a group of accomplished engineers to become a member of NAE is an endorsement for me that I am a good engineer,” Khoshnevis said.