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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Srinivas Bettadpur Named Director of Center for Space Research

Dr. Srinivas Bettadpur has been named director of the Center for Space Research at the Cockrell School of Engineering.

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Space is the Next Frontier for Environmentalism

Dr. Moriba Jah authored this op-ed piece in the Dallas Morning News on the growing number of space objects orbiting Earth.

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March 5, 2018

2018 SXSW Speakers

ASE/EM associate professor Luis Sentis and visiting researcher Pulin Wang who is working with associate professor Nanshu Lu, will be speaking at SXSW this year.

February 21, 2018

Students Design Propulsion System for Manned Mission to Mars

Texas ASE/EM students qualified for NASA's RASC-AL competition and are designing a novel propulsion system for a manned mission to Mars.

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March 22, 2018

Responsive Surfaces for Reversible Adhesion, Tunable Wetting and Light Manipulation

Dr. Seok Kim

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  • 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)
  • Hurricane Harvey Storm Surge Model
    Hurricane Harvey Storm Surge Model
    Maximum water levels predicted by the Advanced Circulation Surge Guidance System during Hurricane Harvey. Color contours represent feet of water above sea level. Shown here is the coastal bend region of Texas where the hurricane made landfall. Credit: Dr. Clint Dawson, UT Austin Computational Hydraulics Research Group
  • 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)
  • Texas Spacecraft Laboratory
    Texas Spacecraft Laboratory
    Dr. Noble Hatten works with a student in the Texas Spacecraft Laboratory. Dr. Hatten is director of the TSL, where undergraduate and graduate students work together to design, fabricate, test, and operate space-based tools.
  • GRACE Follow-on Satellites
    GRACE Follow-on Satellites
    Dr. Srinivas Bettadpur is leading the launch of the GRACE Follow-On Mission, replacing the twin GRACE satellites that have been measuring Earth's water and mass movement for 15 years. The new satellites will take more accurate measurements and provide important data on the rate of melting ice, rising ocean levels and depleted aquifers.
  • Soft Tissue Biomechanics Lab
    Soft Tissue Biomechanics Lab
    Dr. Manuel Rausch (right) and his students are researching the mechanical properties of blood clots and chordae tendineae—heartstrings—with the goal of improving treatment for medical issues like heart disease and pregnancy complications.
  • 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)
  • Humanoid Robotics Research
    Humanoid Robotics Research
    Dr. Luis Sentis presents the HCRL/Apptronik Draco Leg, a joint effort between UT Austin and Apptronik Systems, at the Office of Naval Research Science and Technology Expo.
  • Longhorn Rocketry Association
    Longhorn Rocketry Association
    Members of the Longhorn Rocketry Association, a student organization dedicated to allowing rocketry enthusiasts to design, build, and launch high powered rockets, work on their rockets in the Air Systems Lab.
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Rippling of Graphene Sheet
    Rippling of Graphene Sheet
    An atomistic landscape: Rippling of a graphene sheet (a monolayer of carbon atoms) -Huang Research Group
  • Texas Aerial Robotics Quadcopter
    Texas Aerial Robotics Quadcopter
    Our Texas Aerial Robotics team practices flying this quadcopter (drone) on the roof of the WRW building. The team was established to compete in the International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC).
  • 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)
  • RadioLynx
    The "RadioLynx" is a dual-antenna, dual-frequency GNSS front-end developed in collaboration with the UT Austin Radionavigation Lab led by Dr. Todd Humphreys. It will enable robust and precise positioning for pedestrians and cyclists at a very low cost.
  • Electronic Tattoo
    Electronic Tattoo
    Dr. Nanshu Lu is shown here wearing the electronic tattoo, which she and her team have developed to monitor bodily functions and signals from the heart and brain.
  • Controlling Autonomous Systems with Brainwaves
    Controlling Autonomous Systems with Brainwaves
    While wearing a helmet like the one shown here that reads EEG waves and communicates to a computer, humans could control robotic technology with their minds. Practical uses might include flying a drone and controlling a wheelchair. (Ufuk Topcu research)
  • Plasma Torch Testing
    Plasma Torch Testing
    A graphite test article is being tested in the hot plume of an inductively coupled plasma torch to study the effects of high temperature air on spacecraft heat-shield materials. The air temperature is about 7000 K and the flow is left to right. Credit: Dr. Noel Clemens and Dr. Philip 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)

  • 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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