Supporting Our Student Groups
The Department’s mission is to turn our students into future engineering leaders who will make an impact on the world. Student projects, organizations and research offer unique opportunities for our students to network with peers and faculty, travel to national conferences and competitions and explore possible career paths while building up a strong resume. In addition to these valuable benefits, our students also gain important technical knowledge and critical thinking skills. The real leaders in ASE/EM are the alumni, parents, corporate partners and friends who provide financial support to our students.
WIALD: NASA Reduced Gravity Student Flight Project
The Women in Aerospace for Leadership and Development (WIALD) will be competing in the NASA Reduced Gravity Student Flight Competition for the 2013 - 2014 academic year. If selected, WIALD will perform the proposed experiment in an aircraft that simulates microgravity. The proposal for this project will focus on combustion in zero gravity. Total estimated cost for equipment: $8,000.
Student Unmanned Aerial Systems
The UT Unmanned Aerial Vehicle team is developing an autonomous Unmanned Air System this year for the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International student competition. The system will be capable of real-time video surveillance, automated image processing and wireless networking, and autonomous flight, takeoff, and landing. The UAV team will need to purchase a new camera, flight computer, and building supplies in addition to covering travel costs to the competition. Total estimated cost: $9,000.
Longhorn Rocketry Association
The Longhorn Rocketry Association (LRA) now offers three levels of teams: mid-powered teams, advanced teams and high-power teams. The mid-power teams are working on building up the construction and design techniques of the organization with a goal to attain level 1 certification with the Tripoli Rocketry Association (TRA). The advanced group will build dual-deploy rockets while working toward level 2 certification. The advanced group is key for fine-tuning the more complex aspects of rocketry. The high power team will accomplish particularly difficult objectives such as serial-staging, parallel-staging and the incorporation of complex telemetry in order to reach the future goal of a launching to 100,000 feet. Overall expected expenditures for solid-fuel motors, electronics and lab materials used to build the rockets: $20,0000.
The UT Design/Build/Fly (DBF) team is developing a radio-controlled airplane for the annual AIAA Design/Build/Fly competition, hosted by Cessna Aircraft Company in Wichita, Kansas in April 2014. This year's competition theme is "Backcountry Rough Field Bush Plane" and includes a ground taxi mission simulating a rough field taxi, ferry flight mission, maximum load mission involving wooden cubes, and an emergency medical mission simulating two patients/gurneys and two attendants needing medical transport. Building supplies will mainly consist of composite materials, wood, testing equipment and electric motors. Estimated travel and building supplies costs: $14,000.
UT Design, Build, Fly
Members of The UT Design, Build, Fly team showed their Longhorn pride once again at this year’s DBF Competition, placing 7th among 60 competing teams. Read more...