Are you interested in being in the spotlight? Would you like to share your story with our students and faculty? Here's how you can help!

Our students have expressed a high interest in connecting with our alumni for a variety of reasons. They are interested in learning more about your work in the field, your experiences here on the UT campus, and in connecting with you via email, phone or Skype for resume and career advice. 

With the help of LUNAR Council (our undergraduate student advisory council) the department has developed an online survey for our alumni that our students feel will help them prepare for a successful career in aerospace engineering.

The department plans to develop alumni profiles based on the answers to these survey questions. Our long-term goal is to develop a searchable database for our students. For now, we will begin with these alumni profiles, which will be published on our department website, The Longhorn Liftoff and our e-newsletter.

This is a great and relatively easy way to give back to the department while also helping our students become the engineering leaders of the future! 

If you are interested in participating, please complete the online survey at


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Alumni Spotlight

ASE Longhorn Prepares for NASA Mars InSight Launch

Alumnus Drew Penrod, a NASA-JPL systems engineer, took the time to answer a few questions about his experience working on the NASA InSight mission to Mars.

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Faculty Op-Ed

Space is the Next Frontier for Environmentalism

Dr. Moriba Jah authored this op-ed piece in the Dallas Morning News on the growing number of space objects orbiting Earth.

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Faculty Positions

Join Our Faculty

Learn more about our faculty openings for tenured faculty and non tenure-track positions.

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Department News

March 5, 2018

2018 SXSW Speakers

ASE/EM associate professor Luis Sentis and visiting researcher Pulin Wang who is working with associate professor Nanshu Lu, will be speaking at SXSW this year.

February 7, 2018

Srinivas Bettadpur Named Director of Center for Space Research

Dr. Srinivas Bettadpur has been named director of the Center for Space Research at the Cockrell School of Engineering.

Upcoming Seminar

April 12, 2018

Microstructure-based modeling of interface-facilitated mechanisms in structural materials

Dr. Irene J. Beyerlein

Location: WRW 102
Time: 3:30 pm

Image Gallery

  • RadioLynx
    The "RadioLynx" is a dual-antenna, dual-frequency GNSS front-end developed in collaboration with the UT Austin Radionavigation Lab led by Dr. Todd Humphreys. It will enable robust and precise positioning for pedestrians and cyclists at a very low cost.
  • Earth's Time-Averaged Gravity Field
    Earth's Time-Averaged Gravity Field

    This image of Earth's time-averaged gravity field shows features in the continental and oceanic crust with unprecedented detail for use in studies of ocean circulation, structure and properties of the Earth's crust, surveying, and terrestrial space navigation. -Center for Space Research

  • Plasma Streams
    Plasma Streams
    Pulsed plasma jets are used to control separation in a shock wave/boundary layer interacion. The photo was captured in a mach 3 wind tunnel at the JJ pickle Research Campus. The flow is from left to right and the shock is induced by the compression ramp at right. -Flowfield Imaging Lab (Clemens Research Group)
  • Materials Research: Graphene Transfer
    Materials Research: Graphene Transfer
    Dr. Kenneth Liechti and his research teamhave found that graphene can be transferred to new materials by peeling, a technique that has potential to break a bottleneck that’s limiting the use of this versatile material in the next generation of electronics. 
  • Flexible Rotor Blade
    Flexible Rotor Blade
    Dr. Jayant Sirohi and his research team are using this flexible rotor stand to conduct experiments that could improve helicopter blade design and increase efficiency during natural disasters, emergency situations and military missions.
  • Deepwater Horizon Spill
    Deepwater Horizon Spill
    This Landsat 5 image of the Mississippi Delta was collected in May 2010 and used to observe and forecast the movement of surface oil slicks during the Bp Deepwater Horizon spill. -Center for Space Research (Dawson and Wells Research Groups)
  • Graphene Grown on Copper
    Graphene Grown on Copper
    This scanning electron microscope shows monolayer (lighter) and bilayer (darker) graphene grown on copper. The underlying copper grain structure and ridges within its grains can be seen. Bilayer graphene has a characteristic wrinkling pattern. -Liechti Research Group

  • Air Systems Lab Design
    Air Systems Lab Design
    The student Air Systems Lab supports our capstone aircraft design course and provides work and meeting areas for our AIAA Design/Build/Fly and UT Unmanned Vehicle Systems teams and the Longhorn Rocket Association. 
  • Simulation of Boiling and Condensation
    Simulation of Boiling and Condensation
    Vapor bubbles are generated at discrete sites of the heated bottom surface. The vapor flows are condensed to liquid droplets on the top cooled boundary. Density isosurfaces and velocity streamlines are depicted. -ICES Computational Mechanics Group (Liu and Hughes)

  • Longhorn Rocketry Association
    Longhorn Rocketry Association
    Members of the Longhorn Rocketry Association, a student organization dedicated to allowing rocketry enthusiasts to design, build, and launch high powered rockets, work on their rockets in the Air Systems Lab.
  • Hurricane Harvey Storm Surge Model
    Hurricane Harvey Storm Surge Model
    Maximum water levels predicted by the Advanced Circulation Surge Guidance System during Hurricane Harvey. Color contours represent feet of water above sea level. Shown here is the coastal bend region of Texas where the hurricane made landfall. Credit: Dr. Clint Dawson, UT Austin Computational Hydraulics Research Group
  • Pluto and Charon
    Pluto and Charon
    As Pluto's upper atmosphere escapes into space, a portion is attracted toward its largest moon, Charon, which captures a thin atmosphere of its own. Charon's gravity draws particles onto its leading face while focusing them into a high density (orange) region in its wake. -Computational Fluid Physics Lab (Goldstein/Varghese)

  • Strain Contours
    Strain Contours
    Strain contours from DIC analysis of an isothermal tension experiment on pseudoelastic NiTi tube. The results show the helical fingered deformation pattern through which the phase transformation spreads. -Center for Mechanics of Solids, Structures and Materials (Kyriakides Research Group)
  • Senior Aircraft Design Team - Fall 2017
    Senior Aircraft Design Team - Fall 2017
    Each semester our aircraft design seniors participate in a student fly-off where two teams compete against each other. Each team is required to build, design and fly their aircraft autonomously to perform various missions.
  • HexaCopter
    Todd Humphreys and his research team successfully performed GPS spoofing attacks on a 213-foot superyacht while it traveled on the Mediterranean Sea. A hexacopter with an HD video camera flies near the superyacht's satellite antennas. -Radionavigation Lab (Humphreys Research Group)
  • RACE Satellite
    RACE Satellite
    The RACE (Radiometer Atmospherc Cubesat Experiment) satellite uses reflected radiation from the Earth to measure atmospheric water vapor. UT is partnering with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on the RACE mission. -Texas Satellite Lab
  • Controlling Autonomous Systems with Brainwaves
    Controlling Autonomous Systems with Brainwaves
    While wearing a helmet like the one shown here that reads EEG waves and communicates to a computer, humans could control robotic technology with their minds. Practical uses might include flying a drone and controlling a wheelchair. (Ufuk Topcu research)
  • Stretchable Electronics
    Stretchable Electronics
    A researcher is handling a 1um thick semi-transparent polyimide film as a substrate for stretchable electronics inside a glove box because polyimide is sensitive to moisture during the curing process. -Mechanics of Bio-Integrated Electronics Lab (Lu Research Group)
  • Chaotic Flames
    Chaotic Flames
    This chaotic flame, which is burning jet fuel in the Flowfield Imaging Laboratory, helps to assess the sooting characteristics of new types of fuels, like those derived from natural gas. (Clemens Research Group)
  • Plasma Torch Testing
    Plasma Torch Testing
    A graphite test article is being tested in the hot plume of an inductively coupled plasma torch to study the effects of high temperature air on spacecraft heat-shield materials. The air temperature is about 7000 K and the flow is left to right. Credit: Dr. Noel Clemens and Dr. Philip Varghese

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