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AME Faculty, Graduate Students Shine Through Honors and Recognition

Victor Nguyen, Arman Dabiri, Shuyang Zhang, Jorge Martinez Dominguez and Brason Holt.

AME faculty and graduate students continue to bring prestigious fellowships, awards, honors and recognition to the department. 

Victor Nguyen (aerospace engineering doctoral program - adviser: Olesya Zhupanska) was awarded the NASA Jenkins Fellowship in January 2017. The fellowship, funded by the NASA Glenn Research Center, was awarded for Nguyen’s work in high-voltage insulation materials and structures for electric propulsion. The award also provided him the opportunity to gain research experience on-site at NASA Glenn.

Arman Dabiri (mechanical engineering doctoral program - adviser: Eric Butcher) won the Publons 2017 Peer Review Award in Mathematics, which honors outstanding efforts in peer review across the world's mathematics journals. In addition, Dabiri...




AIAA Selects Aerospace, Chemical Engineering Double Major for 20 Twenties Group

Namrah Habib stands next to NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson while guests mingle in the background at the 2018 Aviation Week Annual Laureates Awards.Namrah Habib, a senior who majors in both aerospace engineering and chemical engineering, has been recognized as one of the American Institute Aeronautics and Astronautics "20 Twenties," a group of 20 students from across three continents who are recognized for their outstanding scholarship, research or design projects, and civic contributions.

She and the other awardees were honored during Aviation Week’s 61st Annual Laureates Awards in Washington, D.C., on March 1.

Habib is currently an image processing intern on the NASA OSIRIS-REx mission, and in addition to earning the AIAA honor, has been awarded numerous prestigious awards, such as the...




Learning Research Experience Student Benefits from UA Program, AME Mentor

Gabriel Vasquez studies mechatronics engineering at Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana in Honduras, but this summer he spent 10 weeks in Tucson as part of the University of Arizona Summer Program "A Learning Research Experience" under the guidance of accomplished mentors such as AME Professor Peiwen "Perry" Li.

"When I first arrived at the UA, I met with Dr. Li and we had a two-hour chat," Vasquez said. "I told him about my background and interests, and he placed me on a research project involving 3-D-printed tubes for enhanced heat exchangers. 3-D printing is familiar to me, and now I can find new applications for it. I'm also interested in energy transfer, so this project fulfilled many of my interests."

Vasquez explored innovative designs for internal flow heat exchangers, specifically ones that are 3-D printed, lowering the cost and waste associated with the manufacturing process.




High-Speed Wind Tunnel Built in AME Building to Advance Hypersonic Flight for US Navy

Engineers are installing three 20-foot-long tubes for a new high-speed wind tunnel in the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Building, ushering in an era of hypersonic discovery at the University of Arizona.

"There have been peaks and valleys in U.S. hypersonic research since World War II," said assistant professor Stuart "Alex" Craig, who joined the UA Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering in 2016. "With China and Russia flight-testing hypersonic drone aircraft whose missile payloads can strike targets thousands of miles away in less than an hour, we’re definitely seeing an uptick."




AME Grad Leads Arizona Innovation Challenge Award-Winning Company

Two companies tied to the University of Arizona College of Engineering were among the winners of the Arizona Commerce Authority's spring 2017 Arizona Innovation Challenge.

Hydronalix, maker of the Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard, or EMILY, robotic lifeguard, was founded by Tony Mulligan, who received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the UA in 1988 and serves on the College of Engineering's Industry Partner Board.

Codelucida, which is commercializing error-correction technology for data storage and communications systems, was co-founded by UA professor of electrical and computer engineering and mathematics Bane Vasić with Shiva Planjery, who received his PhD in electrical and computer engineering from the UA in 2013, and David Declercq, a professor at the University of Cergy-Pontoise in France.




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