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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Watch this KVUE News video on the work UT aerospace engineering students are doing with the Austin Fire Department using search and rescue drones.

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Alumna Co-Founds Eco-friendly Hammock Structure Startup

ASE alumna Olivia Nguyen is a co-founder of a startup company that has developed an eco-friendly hammock structure with reclaimed steel.

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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

November 30, 2016

Thomas Hughes and Former Students Named 2016 Highly Cited Researchers

Professor Thomas J.R. Hughes and eight of his former graduate students were named Highly Cited Researchers 2016 by Thomson Reuters for the period 2002 through 2012.

November 3, 2016

Cockrell School Rises to No. 3 in Graduation Rates for Minority Engineering Students

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education has ranked the Cockrell School of Engineering the No. 3 producer of minority engineering graduates in the nation and the No. 1 in Texas.

Upcoming Seminar

December 12, 2016

Using Far-field Measurements for Determining Mixed-Mode Interactions at Interfaces

Chenglin Wu

Location: WRW 113
Time: 2:00 pm

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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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