Engineering News

Undergraduate Meets the Bike More Challenge

Bike More Challenge; photo by Ron Medvescek/Arizona Daily StarBryan Little, a mechanical engineering senior, bicycles at least a portion of his commute to campus from Vail every day.

This year, he put those miles – and many more – toward the totals of the Tucson Bike More Challenge. The competition encourages people to ride their bikes for commutes, errands and recreation by tracking their distances from Oct. 30 to Nov. 30.

Bryan placed first for Most Miles among the male competitors. The majority of his 1,455 miles were ridden on Tucson trails. 

Senior Concludes Run as Ranger Challenge Captain

UA mechanical engineering senior Maurissa Wortham served as the UA Reserve Officers' Training Corps Ranger Challenge Team captain. Following the year in which the University of Arizona Reserve Officers' Training Corps Ranger Challenge Team saw the greatest number of female cadets in its history, the team also had a female captain in Maurissa Wortham.

Wortham, a mechanical engineering senior, led the team to its third consecutive regional victory and a top-five finish among 36 schools in the 5th Brigade.

Fellow mechanical engineering major Marissa Rives served as captain for a non-competition group of emergent team members who spent the term focusing on skills development. 

Alumni Honored at 2016 Homecoming Celebration

Sara McCoy and Anthony MulliganTwo remarkable AME alumni were recognized for their contributions at the 2016 College of Engineering Homecoming celebration.

Sara McCoy, who received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1993, was given the Bear Down Award for her volunteer work as president of the UA Maricopa County Engineering Council.

In 2014 McCoy became the first woman to manage a power generation plant for the Salt River Project. She oversees the Agua Fria Generation Station, which provides power to more than a million customers in greater Phoenix.

Anthony Mulligan, who earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1988, was surprised with the Leo B. Hart Humanitarian Award for his work as founder and CEO of Hydronalix.

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Grad Students Bring in Bumper Crop of Honors

Graduate students in the UA department of aerospace and mechanical engineering have a long history of strong scholastic performance, but this year they have brought in a bumper crop of honors and awards.
2016 graduate student scholarship winners
University Awards

Two fall 2016 additions to AME doctoral programs – Arth Pande in aerospace engineering and Sahand Sabet in mechanical engineering  – were selected for 2016-2017 College of Engineering Graduate College Fellowships, which provide $30,000 and a full tuition scholarship.

They follow in the footsteps of 2015-2016 GCF recipients Mark Agate (aerospace engineering, advised by Jesse Little) and Ethan Boroson (mechanical engineering, advised by Samy Missoum).

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Meet on the Mall for Homecoming Tailgate

UA Homecoming Parade featuring pom squad and marching band
Please join us on Oct. 28-29 for a Haunted Homecoming 2016! On Friday, the College hosts its 53rd annual Engineers Breakfast (RSVP required by Oct. 21).

Then, on Saturday at 4 p.m., meet up at the College of Engineering tent just east of the Cactus Garden on the UA Mall for the Homecoming tailgate.

All graduates with a degree in aerospace or mechanical engineering get an exclusive AME alumni pin when they drop by to greet department head Jeff Jacobs and AME faculty and staff. (RSVP is requested by Oct. 25.)

AME Astronauts Prove That Space Is Wildcat Country

AME astronauts Dick Scobee, Woody Spring and Fernando Caldeiro; images courtesy of NASAThe University of Arizona has sent six astronauts from Tucson to outer space – three of whom were proud graduates of the department of aerospace and mechanical engineering.

Dick Scobee, who received a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering in 1965, started a tradition that continues long after his untimely death during the 1986 launch of the space shuttle Challenger.

AME's second astronaut, Woody Spring, was a motorcycle-riding, scuba-diving West Point grad back from two tours of flying in Vietnam. He earned a master's degree in aerospace engineering in 1974.

Fernando Caldeiro, who received an MS in mechanical engineering in 1984, devoted his NASA career to the technical support of 52 launches at Kennedy Space Center.

Photos courtesy of NASA 

In Memoriam: Lawrence B. Scott Jr.

Lawrence B. Scott Jr.The UA department of aerospace and mechanical engineering is sad to share the news that Lawrence B. "Larry" Scott Jr., professor emeritus and former department head, has passed away.

Scott joined the UA in 1967 and served as department head from 1970 to 1980. He oversaw a growth in stature for the department, particularly in the area of fluid mechanics, and he is noted for hiring several renowned faculty members, including William R. "Bill" Sears and A. Richard "Dick" Seebass. 

Scott was also a dedicated educator who won several teaching citations, including a nomination for the University's Five-Star Faculty Award. 

He retired from the University in 2001.

AIAA Welcomes Missoum as Associate Fellow

Samy MissoumAssociate professor Samy Missoum has been named a 2017 associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

This grade recognizes individuals "who have accomplished ... important engineering or scientific work, or who have done original work of outstanding merit." Missoum is principal investigator of the Computational Optimal Design of Engineering Systems laboratory, which develops methodologies for the design optimization of complex structural or mechanical problems. 

He and his fellowship cohort will be formally honored in a ceremony on Jan. 9, in Grapevine, Texas. 

Kandyil Recognized for Outstanding Service

Portrait of Jini KandyilRanjini "Jini" Kandyil, senior coordinator of the department's graduate programs and the College's Engineering Design Program, has been selected as a 2016 Outstanding Staff Member by the University of Arizona Asian American Faculty, Staff and Alumni Association for her "exemplary professional accomplishments and noteworth contributions to the University and community at large."

She will be honored in a celebration dinner on Nov. 5 at the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center.

Well-earned kudos to this indispensible member of the AME team! 

OSIRIS-REx on Its Way to Bennu

OSIRIS-REx selfie. (Image: NASA)
The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, which enjoyed a flawless Sept. 8 launch, has successfully sent back its first images.

Among the proud engineers were AME alumnus Bradley Williams, who helped build the camera suite. Graduate student Tanner Campbell, who worked on the software that will navigate OSIRIS-REx around the asteroid Bennu, is also watching the spacecraft's progress with avid interest.

Image courtesy of NASA 


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