Engineering News

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

Students See Aircraft Assembled at Honeywell and Boeing

A recent "industry trek" led by UA Career Services and the Institute for Career Readiness and Engagement took 32 College of Engineering students to Phoenix and Mesa to visit Honeywell Aerospace and Boeing Helicopter. There, they saw auxiliary power units assembled for 737s and watched Apache helicopters being assembled.

Read more about the tour in Arizona Engineer. 

Alumni Excellence: Barbara Mizdail

SAE International has honored Barbara E. Mizdail, UA alumna and senior lecturer in the mechanical engineering department at Pennsylvania State University, with the 2014 Excellence in Engineering Education Award

A Pioneering Woman at UA

“I had a pretty interesting career and it all started at the U of A!” said Mizdail, who received her bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1972.

Mizdail was the first female president of the UA Engineering Council. She was also a member of the first pledge class for the nation's first engineering sorority, Beta Rho Delta, which was founded at UA in 1967. "Back then only about half of a percent of engineers were women. ... It was a big deal to start an engineering sorority,” she said.

She remembers her undergraduate days fondly.

“At the end of the year during Engineers Week, we always had a tug of war with the agriculture college, and one year we had the rope hooked up to a Jeep so we pulled all the aggies in the mud.”...

Plasma Research Could Make Flight Safer and Reduce Aircraft Emissions

With Department of Defense funding and student researchers that include a decorated Army pilot, assistant professor Jesse Little studies plasma’s potential to transform aerospace testing and technologies. 

Read more about the research, the recent grant and the remarkable students staffing the project in Arizona Engineer.

Aerospace Engineering Undergrad Tapped for UANews Column

Portrait of Andrew Granatstein wearing a white shirt against a white backgroundUANews selected rising senior Andrew Granatstein as one of its 2015 student summer columnists. Learn more about Andrew – what brought him to UA from the "Apple Capital of the World," what he learned about the start-up lifestyle at his summer internship, what he plans to do with all he's learning at AME – in his series of articles:

• June 10: "Startup Aspirant Combines Business, Aerospace Engineering"
• June 24: "Learning the Value of Effective Communication"
• July 21: "Mentors, Partnerships Make for Good Business"
• Aug. 12: "Intern's...

EPVSensors Takes a Closer Look at Glaucoma

A company co-founded by professor Eniko Enikov recently licensed a novel design for a non-invasive tonometer that measures intra-ocular pressure for glaucoma detection. The invention is the first to take measurements through a closed eyelid.

Read more about EPVSensors' new device in UANews. 

Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Seniors Dominate Design Day Stage

Aerospace engineer Theodore Von Karman once said, "Scientists discover the world that exists; engineers create the world that never was." Everyone who attended the UA College of Engineering’s 13th annual Engineering Design Day this past May would certainly agree. Approximately 400 UA engineering seniors on 77 multidisciplinary teams wowed the crowd with a wide range of projects that showed us pieces of that “world that never was.”

Aerospace engineering seniors were a force to be reckoned with, with four teams winning top awards, while mechanical engineering seniors helped push 17 other interdisciplinary teams into the awards spotlight, attesting to the versatility, strength, and applicability of their skills.

Team 1461, on the project "X-56A DART: Dynamically Scaled Aircraft for Research and Testing," received the CAID Industries Innovation in Manufacturing Award for their design of a modified straight-wing version of Lockheed Martin’s swept-wing X-56 Multi-Utility Technological Testbed for testing flutter suppression and gust...

Sabino Canyon's Eye in the Sky

Congratulations to Team 1463 for winning the Ventana Award for Innovation in Engineering at Engineering Design Day 2015!

The project was to design, manufacture and test fly an unmanned aerial vehicle with vertical takeoff and landing capabilities. Rincon Research Corp. wanted to develop a drone with the purpose of providing surveillance information for Sabino Canyon.

"It was a huge learning experience; since I was team lead, I learned a lot about being in charge," said May 2015 graduate and aerospace engineering major Steven Rishor. "I was able to keep up the team's morale and the pace of the project. Time was a big priority on this project because we had to build it from scratch."

In a departure from specs provided for other projects on Engineering Design Day, the team was given a mission profile, with no existing design for the VTOL which the team could model after.

The mission was to vertically take off and fly to a location four miles away, cruise around in a half-square mile, flying at an altitude of 500 feet and then return within 30 minutes.

“We were having a problem...


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