sdsu rocket project receives gift from dr. richard woodcock


 Dr. Richard Woodcock



On behalf of the College of Engineering, we are pleased to announce that Richard Woodcock, PhD has made a $100,000 gift to SDSU Rocket Project. Dr. Woodcock’s support has enabled Rocket Project to design and build the dual cryogenic Methalox fueled rocket named “Lady Elizabeth.” 

Dr. Woodcock is an American psychometrician. He is known for his work on the Cattell-Horn-Carroll Theory of Human Intelligence and for his work in the development of several cognitive tests, including the Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Cognitive Abilities and the Dean-Woodcock Neuropsychological Assessment System. 

Dr. Woodcock also has an interest in space travel and rocketry.  He was introduced to Rocket Project by a friend in 2017 at which time he started making charitable gifts to build the rocket.  To date, Dr. Woodcock has contributed a total of $300,000 to Rocket Project.

Not only does Dr. Woodcock make charitable gifts to Rocket Project, he also gives of his time visiting the student workspace, inviting students to make presentations about Rocket Project to residents of the Vi at La Jolla Village, and he frequently attends the Rocket Project launches in the Mojave Desert.  He always has an encouraging word for Rocket Project students.

On February 1, 2020, the “Lady Elizabeth” set a world record for altitude for a student designed and built dual cryogenic Methalox fueled rocket.   The rocket is named after Dr. Woodcock’s late wife, Elizabeth Jackson.

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The College of Engineering is grateful to Dr. Woodcock for his support.  If you or someone you know is interested in providing philanthropic support for the College of Engineering, please contact Kate Carinder, Senior Director of Development, College of Engineering at:  [email protected].