UT Engineer: Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics news from the Cockrell School

LUNAR group photoAbove: Members of our LUNAR (Leadership, Undergraduate Networking and Recruitment) Council.
Learn more about this outstanding group of students here.

Seasons Greetings from Our Longhorn Engineers

Noel ClemensAs the fall semester nears its end, I would like to wish you and yours a bright holiday season and joyous new year. We also extend our most sincere gratitude for the contributions we have received from our donors over the past year. I hope you will enjoy learning more about just a few of the innovative and exciting projects our students and faculty have been working on in this issue of our e-newsletter. Hook 'em!

- Professor Noel Clemens, ASE/EM Dept. Chair

Field Test for NASA's IceBridge Program Successful

Maruthi Akella UAVOn Friday, October 25, Maruthi Akella and graduate student Miki Szmuk performed a field test to demonstrate the autonomous flight capability of UAVs which will be used by NASA's IceBridge program to collect environmental data in the Arctic and polar regions, including data on melting glaciers. read more


Women in Aerospace are Growing in Numbers

WIALD group photoYou may have seen the Rube Goldberg inspired commercial for a new line of toys to motivate young girls to consider engineering. The commercial parodied the lyrics to a famous Beastie Boys’ song to “Girls to build the spaceship. Girls to code the new app. Girls to grow up knowing that they can engineer that." In the UT ASE/EM department, we are working hard to ensure we don’t miss out on the talent of half the population. read more

Complex Modeling Reveals Io's Volcanic Process
Billy McDonielAerospace engineering graduate student Billy McDoniel is working with Professors David Goldstein and Philip Varghese to develop complex computer models of an active extraterrestrial volcano on Io, one of Jupiter's Galilean moons. read more
ASE Student Projects are Well Underway

LRA group photoLearn the latest on what's happening with our student projects, including WIALD, UAV, LRA and Design/Build/Fly. We asked some of these students how support from our generous alumni and friends have made a difference in their education and lives. read more

The Longhorn Rocketry Association held its first launch of the year in November. view photos and read the story

In Memoriam: Remembering Faculty and Friends

As we gather with our families over the holiday season, let us not forget the family and friends who are no longer with us. Their legacies live on through our shared memories. In 2013, we lost Professors Eric Becker and Raynor Duncombe who helped shape the department into the top-ranked program it is today. Professor Byron Tapley lost his wife Sophie who hosted so many of his students. Alumnus Randy Stone '67 passed away, but not before sharing his life lessons as former NASA-JSC Deputy Director and Director of Mission Operations with our students. read more

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