Engineering News

Alumna Reflects on Need for More Native American Women in STEM

Suzanne SingerSuzanne Singer graduated from the UA with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 2003, received a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2009, and now works as an energy and thermal fluids analyst at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. 

She recently discussed her experience as a Native American woman in STEM and her ideas for promoting a more inclusive, diverse educational environment in the sciences and engineering.

Treating Arthritis with Cartilage Grown from Stem Cells on Scaffolds

John Szivek points out arthritis damage on a bone; image courtesy of ABC 12 WJRTA technique developed by John A. Szivek, professor of orthopaedic surgery and aerospace and mechanical engineering, may someday help arthritis patients avoid knee replacement surgery.

His research at the UA Orthopedic Research Laboratory grows cartilage from stem cells taken from fat tissue on scaffolding that mimics the structure of a normal bone.

AME Alumnus Loves Locomotives

Eric Hadder, chief mechanical officer at the Grand Canyon Railway, inspecting the boiler of a steam locomotive. Photo by  Caitlin O'Hara for The New York Times.

Eric Hadder has loved trains since he was two years old.

Pursing that passion brought him to the UA, where he received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1995. Hadder explains his pathway to chief mechanical officer at the Grand Canyon Railway in an interview with the New York Times.

Photo courtesy of Caitlin O'Hara/The New York Times 

Mechanical Engineering Student Mentors 4-H Campers

Elementary school students in the 4-H Summer Program. Photo by Aaliyah Montoya/Douglas Dispatch.Mechanical engineering undergraduate Juan Carlos Martinez is bringing science to elementary school students this summer. He serves as a mentor in the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension's 4-H Youth Development Program in his hometown of Douglas.

The program has taken him around the country to learn more about 4-H and its ideals on healthy living and eating – and to Mexico City, where he contributed to the development of an equivalent program.

Photo courtesy of Aaliya Montoya/Douglas Dispatch

Alumnus to Receive Medal of Merit from MFSW

Portrait of William R. AssenmacherThe Mining Foundation of the Southwest has selected William R. Assenmacher, CEO and principal owner of CAID Industries, to receive a 2016 Medal of Merit.

Assenmacher, who graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1974, will be recognized for his contributions to the mining sector in a ceremony in Tucson on Dec. 3.  

Warnock Helps Take Gliders to Record-Breaking Heights

Cover of July 2016 Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine featuring the Perlan gliderThe current altitude record for level flight by a piloted aircraft is just over 85,000 feet, but the Perlan Project hopes to take their sailplane to 90,000 feet this summer, using stratospheric mountain waves near the Antarctic polar vortex.

University of Arizona alumnus Ed Warnock is helping the Perlan Project reach those heights. The 1968 graduate of UA's aerospace engineering program currently serves as the nonprofit's CEO.

Read more about the project, and Warnock's work, in the cover story of the July issue of Smithsonian Air & Space magazine.

AME Alumnus Named AAAS Invention Ambassador

Anthony Mulligan, who received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona in 1988, was selected as a 2016 AAAS/Lemelson Invention Ambassador.

Mulligan is the founder and CEO of Hydronalix Inc., a Sahuarita-based company that develops robotics, including the EMILY family of unmanned search-and-rescue vehicles, for use by maritime researchers, first responders and military personnel. 

AME Announces Spring 2016 Outstanding Students

The UA College of Engineering honored remarkable seniors, graduate students and teaching assistants for the spring 2016 semester at a luncheon on May 2. Among them were the following superlative aerospace and mechanical engineering students:

Outstanding Seniors

• Eliza Dawson, mechanical engineering, nominated by Senior Academic Advisor Arvind Raman
• Andrew Granatstein, aerospace engineering, nominated by Senior Academic Advisor Arvind Raman

Outstanding Seniors Eliza Dawson and Andrew Granatstein; Outstanding Graduate Students Timothy Ashcraft and Sahand Sabet

Outstanding Graduate Students

• Timothy Ashcraft, aerospace engineering, nominated by assistant professor...

Hyperloop Team Aims for Faster, Greener Transit

UA Hyperloop team with adviser Cho Lik Chan in front of their poster in TexasThe UA Hyperloop team, which includes AME undergrads John Mangels, Namrah Habib, Irene Moreno and Jacob Pavek, wants to make the dream of a superfast pneumatic tube train into reality.

This semester, they traveled to College Station, Texas, to compete in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition Design Weekend. They joined more than 100 other university groups in envisioning the people-moving pods for the tube system. While they didn't walk away with a win, they learned a lot. As Moreno said, “It felt more like a collaboration of students with one goal: develop the new and improved mode of...

Mizdail Mentors College's Women

Barbara Mizdail with Women in Engineering groupAME alumna Barbara Mizdail met with 13 members of the UA Women in Engineering program on April 29 to discuss making a mark in male-dominated fields and navigating transitions between school and work.

Mizdail, who received the 2014 SAE International Excellence in Engineering Education Award, graduated with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1972. She was the first female president of the UA Engineering Council and a member of the first class of the first engineering sorority, Beta Rho Delta.

A pioneer throughout her career, she was the first women in the Chrysler Institute Program, one of the first women in Product Planning at Ford Motor Company, the first woman to receive the SAE Distinguished Younger Member Award and the first female engineering professor at Penn State Berks.


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