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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Alumni Spotlight

Fighting Fire with Drones

Alumnus and entrepreneur Will Chaney, B.S. ASE 2013, discusses the new partnership between fire fighters and his UAV company.

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Faculty

ASE/EM Welcomes New Faculty

This spring, ASE/EM welcomes four new faculty members in the areas of Controls, Autonomy and Robotics, Orbital Mechanics, and Solids, Structures and Materials.

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Faculty Positions

Join Our Faculty

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

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Department News

February 1, 2017

ASE/EM Celebrates Wallace Fowler’s Excellence in Teaching

On January 26, alumni, students, faculty and staff celebrated Professor Wally Fowler's over fifty years of service to The University of Texas at Austin.

January 11, 2017

Maruthi Akella Selected as IEEE Distinguished Lecturer

Maruthi Akella was selected as an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer to represent the Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society for the class of 2017.

Upcoming Seminar

February 28, 2017

Plant nanobionic materials for thermally active, structural woods and soft, artificial skins

Dr. Chiara Daraio

Location: WRW 102
Time: 3:30 pm - 5:00 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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