Engineering News

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 

UA Team Part of International Space Surveillance Conference

Associate professor of practice David Gaylor joined a strong University of Arizona contingent at the Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies Conference on Sept. 20-23.

Gaylor, who serves as assistant director of the UA's new Space Object Behavioral Sciences initiative, presented on space situational awareness algorithms.

What's Next for OSIRIS-REx? AME Alumnus Explains

A screenshot of Kris Drozd being interviewed at the OSIRIS-REx launch partyThe OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission saw a flawless launch on Sept. 8. So what happens next?

A KVOA reporter asked alumnus Kristofer Drozd just that on launch day. Drozd, who is pursuing a doctorate in the department of systems and industrial engineering, serves on the spacecraft's operations engineering team. 

Find out what he and his team will do to guide and support OSIRIS-REx over the next seven years.

AME Students and Alumni Are Mission Critical for OSIRIS-REx Success

Concept art of OSIRIS-REx in space with Earth in the background and a UA logo in the top left corner
NASA's OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft is scheduled to start its long journey to the asteroid Bennu tomorrow at 4:05 p.m. MST – thanks in part to the hard work of UA aerospace and mechanical engineering students and alumni, including master's student Tanner Campbell and graduates Kristofer Drozd, John Kidd, Daniel Wibben and Bradley Williams.  

Several of them have trekked to Cape Canaveral to lend a hand at launch. Those of us in Tucson are invited to watch the action at launch parties on campus and around town, and NASA TV will also provide live coverage online....

AME Alumnus Aims to Send Sailplane to the Stratosphere

Ed Warnock, front, and the Perlan crew exhibit their glider at the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture show in July 2015 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin; photo courtesy of Ed Warnock

As CEO of the Perlan Project, aerospace engineer Ed Warnock is preparing to launch an engineless aircraft to the edge of space and elevate our knowledge about climate, the ozone layer and flying on Mars.

Given his own career trajectory, it is not surprising Warnock was captivated by the Perlan story.

Photo courtesy of Ed Warnock


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