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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Student Projects

WIALD About UAVs: Controlling Quadcopters with Brainwaves

Members of the Women in Aerospace for Leadership and Development group are working on a project to control drones with brainwaves and body movements.

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Faculty Research

Developing Methods for Roll-to-Roll Transfer of Graphene

Kenneth Liechti and his colleagues are developing methods for roll-to-roll transfer of graphene which could aid in the manufacturing of the next generation of electronics.

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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

March 9, 2017

Thomas J.R. Hughes Awarded SIAM/ACM Prize

Thomas J.R. Hughes was awarded the 2017 SIAM/ACM Prize in Computer Science and Engineering.

March 8, 2017

Kenneth Liechti to Give SEM Murray Lecture

Kenneth Liechti was selected to receive the Society of Experimental Mechanics’ prestigious William M. Murray Lecture award.

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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