Bob CrippenRobert L. Crippen became a NASA astronaut in September 1969. He was a member of the astronaut support crew for the Skylab 2, 3, and 4 missions, and served in this same capacity for the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP) mission, which was completed successfully in July 1975. He served as pilot on STS-1 (April 12-14, 1981), and was the spacecraft commander on STS-7 (June 18-24, 1983), STS-41C (April 6-13, 1984) and STS-41G (October 5-13, 1984).

A four flight veteran, Crippen has logged over 565 hours in space, orbited the earth 374 times and traveled over 9.4 million miles. From 1986-1989, he was assigned as deputy director, Shuttle Operations, for NASA Headquarters at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, responsible for final Shuttle preparation, mission execution, and return of the orbiter to KSC after landing at Edwards Air Force Base, California. He also served as director, Space Shuttle, at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. from 1990 until he was named KSC director in 1992.

Biography courtesy NASA

During the spring semester of 2010, Captain Crippen returned to campus to visit with our students. Read more about his visit.

Crippen is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

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Robotics Research

UT Austin Team Wins 3rd Place at RoboCup

An interdisciplinary robotics team at UT Austin is working to expand the boundaries of artificial intelligence by competing in the International RoboCup competition in Japan.

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Student Projects

Texas Aerial Robotics Team Takes 4th in International Competition

The Texas Aerial Robotics Team, formed just this year, took 4th place at the International Aerial Robotics competition held at Gerogia Tech, July 25-27.

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Faculty Positions

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We are currently searching for two full-time faculty positions with a start date of September 2017.

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Department News

August 16, 2017

Todd Humphreys Discusses Recent GPS Black Sea Attack

Todd Humphreys is featured in this BBC radio program discussing the recent attempted GPS spoofing attack in the Black Sea starting at 19:15.

July 28, 2017

Hans Mark Receives 2017 INCOSE Pioneer Award

Professor Emeritus Hans Mark was selected to receive the 2017 INCOSE Pioneer Award.

July 11, 2017

Moriba Jah to Testify Before U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Space Management

Moriba Jah has been invited by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz to provide expert testimony to Congress on space management July 13.

Research Visualized

  • Simulation of Perturbed Jet
    Simulation of Perturbed Jet
    A shallow water simulation of a perturbed jet (at day 6) on the earth's surface using an upwind Hybridized Discontinuous Galerkin method. The figure shows the (relative) vorticity field of a barotropcially unstable (zonal) flow. -Computational Engineering and Optimization Group (Bui-Thanh)
  • 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


  • Rippling of Graphene Sheet
    Rippling of Graphene Sheet
    An atomistic landscape: Rippling of a graphene sheet (a monolayer of carbon atoms) -Huang Research Group
  • Computational Fluid Physics Laboratory
    Computational Fluid Physics Laboratory
    Computational layer transitioning from laminar-to-turbulent behind a roughness element. -Computational Fluid Physics Laboratory (Goldstein Research Group)
  • 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

  • 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)

  • 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)


  • Two Point Alignment
    Two Point Alignment
    Experimental laser set up used to make Raman scattering measurements in flames. The laser beam is bounced back and forth between highly reflective mirrors while maintaining a tight focus at two points so as to make measurements with high spatial resolution (within a very small volume). -Laser Sensors Lab (Varghese Research Group)
  • 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)
  • HexaCopter
    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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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)

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