Engineering News

Victory Is Sweet at Hack Arizona 2016

A laser drone-control device that can be mounted on the head won Hack Arizona’s best hardware award.Competitors from the College of Engineering swept the top awards at Hack Arizona 2016 – and of course AME students were among them.

Aerospace engineers Kameron Mensing, Arek Rembelski and Abhishek Rane helped build Oculus Rift Controlled Laser Turret, which took the best hardware award. Using a virtual reality program and parts made from a 3-D printer in the library, their team designed a device that emits laser beams to control drones in the sky.

Mechanical engineering major Davis McGregor worked on Mini Midi Recyclable, which won the sustainability prize. Made from leftover aluminum cans, an Arduino microcontroller and stickers handed out by sponsors, the project emits musical tones when touched.

Read more about the three-day hackathon in Arizona Engineer.

Checking In on Design Progress

As the spring semester starts up, AME seniors are hard at work on their senior design projects. Some even put in hours over winter break! Check in on a couple interdisciplinary projects involving mechanical engineering students, "Deep-Water Sensor System" and "Sonar Module Integration for the EMILY Rescue Boat."

Congrats to Fall 2015 Outstanding Students!

The University of Arizona Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering is quite proud to announce its outstanding students for fall 2015:

• Outstanding Senior in Aerospace Engineering: Ruben Adkins‐Rieck
• Outstanding Senior in Mechanical Engineering: Liliana Saldana
• Outstanding Graduate Student: Ethan Boroson

See a slideshow featuring the students and their nominating professors in Arizona Engineer.

From AME to SpaceX: Giancarlo Guevara

Giancarlo Guevara graduated in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a minor in math. After three years as a structural analyst at SpaceX, he's back in Tucson at Raytheon Missile Systems.

He has some words of wisdom for students looking for similar success: "Make yourself a well-rounded engineer." 

Read more in the University of Arizona Alumni Association blog

Following Up on Senior Design Projects

What happens after AME seniors cap off their capstone projects? Catch up on some of the interdisciplinary design projects our mechanical engineering majors worked on last year– on archery assembly lines, equine health apps and 3-D printed mirrors.

Adjunct Instructor Talks Mentorship

Portrait of Gerald PineGerald Pine, who has taught ENGR 498: Interdisciplinary Design and AME 324B: Engineering Component Design, was profiled by the UA Engineering Design Program. Read more about his experiences mentoring College of Engineering seniors.



AME Students Win Big at SHPE Conference

Sophomore Erasmo Quijada’s team won the Nissan Design Competition at the 2015 SHPE national conference.The UA student chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers continued an impressive winning streak at the 2015 SHPE national conference, beating out more than 300 other teams for the Outstanding Leadership Development Award and picking up several other honors.

Mechanical engineering sophomore Erasmo Quijada performed particularly well, sharing a win (and $10,000!) in the Nissan Design Competition with two other students.

Read more about their outstanding accomplishments in Arizona Engineer.

Peiwen Li Named Associate Editor of Solar Energy Journal

Cover of Solar EnergyProfessor Peiwen "Perry" Li was named an associate editor of Solar Energy, the official journal of the International Solar Energy Society. He will also serve as associate editor of AIMS Energy and Frontiers in Energy Research and sit on the editorial advisory board for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells.

Professors Win Grant to Study Supersonic Air Flow

The project "Investigation of 3-D Shock-Boundary Layer Interaction: A Combined Approach Using Experiments, Numerical Simulations and Stability Analysis" was awarded $900,000 from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to study how air behaves when traveling faster than the speed of sound. Headed by assistant professor Jesse Little and professor Hermann Fasel, the work will focus on understanding the physics of shock waves interacting with near-surface air flows in three dimensions. 

Learn more about the long-term goals of the study in Arizona Engineer. 

Homecoming 2015

AME Homecoming 2015 We invite you to join us for AME's 2015 Homecoming reception and dinner, honoring Professor Emeritus Chuan F. "Tony" Chen for his dedicated service to the department from 1980 to 2002. 

Friday, Oct. 23, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
AME Courtyard
1130 N Mountain Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85719
RSVP by Oct. 19 to


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