George F. Halow

Professor of Practice


3009 François-Xavier Bagnoud Aerospace Building
1320 Beal Avenue Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2140


George F. Halow has been a Professor of Practice in Aerospace Engineering since May 1, 2019 after a distinguished career as an executive at Ford Motor Company.  At Ford, he held numerous positions in engineering, manufacturing, and strategy and was the Chief Program Engineer of Expedition, Navigator, Crown Victoria, Grand Marquis, Town Car, and Ranger at various points in his career.

At the University of Michigan, he created an Introduction to the Aerospace Enterprise course for primarily freshmen and sophomores, covering the aerospace industry, leadership, culture, and communication, and careers in aerospace.

He is launching an all-new Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) and systems engineering leadership course series starting in fall, 2022.  The course series, which is unprecedented at the undergraduate level, has garnered strong corporate interest, and corporate donations have enabled the build of an MBSE Leadership Lab for the courses and student project team collaboration.

George is also the Program Director of a new online Master of Engineering in Aerospace Leadership degree program which is launching in January 2023.

George is co-author of US (US6745151 B2) and German (DE10319493 A1) Patents for on-vehicle data acquisition buffering, remote transmission, and analysis (2004).


  • INSEAD (l’Institut Europeen d’Administration des Affaires), Fontainebleau, France
    • MBA – Operations and International Business ‘91
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
    • Master’s Degree – Mechanical Engineering (fluid mechanics and combustion) ‘87
  • University of Maryland, College Park, MD
    • Bachelor’s Degree – Aerospace Engineering (aerodynamics) ‘86

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  • 2021 Aerospace Engineering Department Outstanding Performance Award
  • 2020 Sigma Gamma Tau Silver Shaft Top Teaching Award
  • 2020 Aerospace Engineering Department Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Impact Award

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George Halow Participates in National Academies Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board Meeting – 2023 Fall

Sharing insights on the aeronautics workforce focusing on talent, recruitment, and training from an academic perspective

The top half of representatives from GE Aerospace are standing in the MBSE leadership lab with MBSE students and Michigan Aerospace Professor George Halow.

GE Aerospace joins MBSE Ecosystem in Michigan Aerospace

New partnership in systems engineering and leadership education


Podcast: the Master of Engineering in Global Aerospace Leadership

A conversation with Program Director and Professor of Practice George Halow and Kevin Michaels, Managing Director of AeroDynamic Advisory

Belcan Joins MBSE Lab Ecosystem

Corporate support gives students an opportunity to build their skills

Blue Origin Joins the MBSE & Systems Engineering Ecosystem at the University of Michigan

A new collaboration between Blue Origin and U-M Aerospace Engineering creates a win-win partnership