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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Hands-on Engineering

Senior Aircraft Design Fly-Off

The spring, the senior aircraft design fly-off was covered in this KUT piece, which discusses a future partnership between UT Austin and the Austin Fire Department on aerial robotics in search & rescue. 

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Space Research

The Texas Engineers’ Guide to Space Exploration

Texas Engineers have played visionary roles in some of the nation’s most successful space research missions since the inception of the NASA program more than 50 years ago.

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Faculty Positions

Join Our Faculty

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

Apr. 22, 2016

Alan Stern Named Among “The 100 Most Influential People”

Time Magazine has named alumnus Alan Stern among "The 100 Most Influential People."

Apr. 21, 2016

Two ASE Students Receive Student Leadership Awards

Two ASE students have been selected to receive Cockrell School of Engineering Student Leadership Awards this spring.

Upcoming Seminar

May. 05, 2016

Fluids Seminar - An inquiry of the friction factor 'jump'phenomenon in hole-pattern seals
Dr. Aarthi Sekaran
Location: WRW 113
Time: 3:30 pm

At UT Aerospace, the Sky is Not the Limit!

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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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