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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Dennis McWilliams Honored with Distinguished Engineering Graduate Award

Dennis McWilliams, B.S. ASE 1993, was selected to receive a 2016 Distinguished Engineering Graduate Award.

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Ruifei Wang Wins Cockrell Outstanding Scholar/Leader Award

Ruifei Wang was presented with the Cockrell School of Engineering Outstanding Scholar/Leader Award during Spring 2016 Commencement.

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Multiple tenure-track faculty positions are open at the rank of assistant professor with a start date of Sept. 2016. Non tenure-track positions are also available.

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Department News

May. 16, 2016

Stelios Kyriakides Receives the Joe J. King Professional Engineering Achievement Award

Professor Stelios Kyriakides was selected to receive the Joe J. King Professional Engineering Achievement Award.

May. 4, 2016

Design/Build/Fly: Two Airplanes Are Better Than One

The UT Design/Build/Fly team placed 13th in the annual DBF competition this year.

May. 4, 2016

WATCH: Todd Humphreys' Research Group Tests Precise GPS in Austin

Watch this KXAN news story on Todd Humphreys' research and testing of precise GPS in Austin.

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The UT Aerospace Engineering program offers a wide variety of real-world, hands-on opportunities to our students beginning with the first day they set foot on campus. Watch this video to learn more from our students about their educational experience at UT ASE/EM, where the sky is no longer the limit!

 

 

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