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

Keeping UAVs Safe Using Game Theory

Efstathios Bakolas is developing algorithms to help keep unmanned autonomous vehicles safe during maneuvers.

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Upcoming Event

ASE/EM Fall Festival 2016

Members of the ASE/EM community are invited to join us for Texas barbecue and student-led activities on Friday, Oct. 14 from 4-6 p.m.

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Faculty Positions

Join Our Faculty

We are currently developing a pool of candidates for possible temporary/non-tenure track full or part-time positions to teach undergraduate and graduate courses.

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Department News

September 20, 2016

Thomas Hughes Receives University Co-op Career Research Excellence Award

Professor Thomas Hughes was selected to receive the 2015-16 University Co-operative Society’s Career Research Excellence Award.

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

September 29, 2016

Electric field and plasma interactions with flames: From fundamentals to modeling and applications

Dr. Fabrizio Bisetti

Location: WRW 113
Time: 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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