Engineering News

In Conversation with Chris Lewicki of Planetary Resources

Portrait of Chris LewickiAlumnus and aerospace engineer Chris Lewicki, who received his bachelor's degree in 1997 and his master's degree in 2000, currently serves as president and chief engineer of Planetary Resources, which aims to "expand Earth's natural resource base" by mining asteroids.

Gizmag interviewed Lewicki about a recent Kickstarter campaign and the reasons he seeks his fortunes in space.

AME Helps to Raise Alumna's Sights

Although she misses artichoke pesto pizza and her favorite studying spot, Mona Eskandari is doing just fine in grad school. After receiving her bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 2011, she moved onto a PhD program at Stanford.

Check out what she has to say about her interdisciplinary senior design project in Arizona Alumni Magazine.

UA Engineering Leads $5.5M DOE Project to Create Solar Energy

Portrait of Peiwen "Perry" LiPeiwen "Perry" Li will be the principal investigator of a $5.5 million, five-year project seeking cost-effective solar energy. Their focus will include new materials and fluids that optimize the effective generation and logistical handling of solar power. 

Read more on UANews.


Alumnus Bequeaths Generous Gift

Alumnus Gregory James Nazaroff, who passed away on Feb. 16, 2012, bequeathed a generous gift of $550,000 to the University of Arizona Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering.

Nazaroff, who received his bachelor's degree in 1968 and his master's degree in 1969, was an accomplished mechanical engineer. He published 12 papers with 28 citations, which included recent mentions in Control Engineering Practice, Aerospace Science and Technology, and the International Journal of Systems Science. In 2006, he represented employer Northrop Grumman as a sponsor at UA's Engineering Design Day, and he finished his career with Hughes Aircraft in Fullerton, California.

He will be remembered for his many contributions to his field, and his continued support of future aerospace and mechanical engineers.

Reception to Honor Alumnus and Astronaut Dick Scobee

Invitation to Scobee receptionThe University of Arizona Department of Aerospace and Mechanical engineering will honor the life and memory of astronaut and alumnus Francis Richard "Dick" Scobee in a reception in the AME courtyard at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 29, 2013. Members of his family – including his widow, June Scobee Rogers; his son, Brig. Gen. Richard Scobee; and his granddaughter, Cristi Scobee – will present AME with memorabilia from the Scobee Collection of the Kennedy Space Museum.

Dick Scobee received his bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering in 1965. Before his selection for the NASA Astronaut Corps, he served in the U.S. Air Force, advancing to the rank of lieutenant colonel and earning the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and other decorations as a combat aviator during the Vietnam War. He piloted the space shuttle Challenger mission STS-41-C in 1984 and commanded Challenger mission STS-51-L, which was tragically lost on Jan. 28, 1986.


Augey Bill, Pitcher and Rocket Scientist

Augey Bill stands 6 feet 9 inches tall, pitches left-handed and could have gone to Harvard. Instead, he chose the University of Arizona, because of its outstanding baseball team and its strong engineering program.

Learn more about this aerospace engineering major's professional aspirations – MLB or astronaut? – in the Arizona Daily Star.

Giving Heavy Thought to Paper Planes

When asked what made this year's "Taking Flight Design Challenge" different, Ryan Crompton grinned, reached into his pocket, and pulled out a small toy soldier.

"They have to carry this," he said.

Read more about this Engineers Week paper-plane competition in the Arizona Daily Star.


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