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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Andrea Chavez

Alumni Recognition

Andrea Chavez Selected to Receive Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award

Andrea Chavez, B.S. ASE 2004, has been selected to receive a 2016 Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award.

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Kelley Hashemi

Graduate Student Spotlight

Though Increasing in Numbers, Still Room for More Women in Aerospace

Graduate student Kelley Hashemi says that there is still plenty of room for more women in aerospace engineering.

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Faculty Positions

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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

July 1, 2016

Interdisciplinary Student Team Wins Prize Money at UAV Competition

The UT Austin UAV team competed in the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International SUAS Competition returning with $1,600 in prize money.

June 21, 2016

Philip Varghese Receives Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award

Professor Philip Varghese was selected to receive the UT System's prestigious Regents' Outstanding Teacher Award.

June 10, 2016

Thomas Hughes and Mary Wheeler Receive 2016 Moncrief Grand Challenge Awards

Professors Thomas Hughes and Mary Wheeler have been selected to receive 2016 ICES Grand Challenge Awards.

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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