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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Faculty Research

Using Inverse Problem Solving for Oil and Gas Exploration

Tan Bui-Thanh is using inverse problem solving to develop computer models for oil and gas exploration.

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Teaching Recognition

Gregory Rodin Receives LUNAR Council Teaching Award

Professor Gregory Rodin was named the recipient of the 2016 ASE/EM LUNAR Council Teaching Award.

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Faculty Positions

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

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Department News

October 24, 2016

Thomas Hughes Gives Plenary Lecture at USACM Thematic Conference

Professor Thomas J.R. Hughes Hughes gave the opening plenary lecture at the U.S. Association for Computational Thematic Conference this year.

September 20, 2016

Alumnus Stavros Gaitanaros Wins Bureau Prize

Stavros Gaitanaros was selected to receive the Bureau Prize based on a paper and presentation to the 2016 Congress of the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics.

Upcoming Seminar

November 02, 2016

NASA's Journey to Mars and Beyond

Dr. Dava Newman

Location: Avaya Auditorium (Peter O'Donnell Building 2.302)
Time: 2:00 pm - 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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