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.
The Women in Aerospace for Leadership and Development (WIALD) student organization is building a drone that will transport different kinds of payloads. We are interested in applying our project in real-world situations, such as carrying a liquid payload that may help firefighters burn out fires, and carrying a glider that will fly to a specific final destination after being dropped off in the air to deliver a package equipped with items like medicine. While delivering these payloads, WIALD will be taking data recordings in terms of air pollution, pressure, temperature, and more. This is the first year that WIALD is taking on an atmospheric project and was influenced by the Senior Aircraft Design II course. Total estimated cost for equipment: $14,000
The UT Unmanned Aerial Vehicle team will compete again this year in the AUVSI Student Unmanned Aerial Systems competition, after taking 13th of 28 teams in our first attempt as a reformed club this past summer. The air vehicle we develop will have student designed and built composite wings, real-time video surveillance, automatic image processing, and autonomous takeoff, flight, and landing capabilities. The team will need to purchase a backup fuselage and components, as well as cover travel costs to the competition in Maryland. Total estimated cost: $8,000
The Longhorn Rocketry Association has established new research groups in the areas of propulsion and flight analysis in order to supplement their growing knowledge of rocketry. The propulsion group focuses on rocket motor testing and thrust curve analysis. The flight analysis group researches the aerodynamics of high power rocketry with a long-term goal of developing a numerical rocketry simulation program. In addition to the research groups, LRA has invested in a professional development committee as preparation for their futures in the aerospace industry. LRA still offers its three levels of teams: mid-power teams, advanced teams, and high-power teams. In the mid-power team, members work toward their level 1 certification with the Tripoli Rocketry Association (TRA). The advanced group aims to attain their level 2 certification through the construction of a dual-deploy rocket. The high power-team focuses on particularly difficult objectives such as parasite staging, cluster rockets, and a Mach 2 rocket in order to reach the future goal of launching to 100,000 feet.
Overall expected expenditures for solid-fueled motors, electronics and lab materials used to build rockets: $21,500
The UT Design/Build/Fly (DBF) team is developing a radio-controlled aircraft for the annual AIAA Design/Build/Fly competition, hosted by Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Arizona in April 2015. This year's competition theme is "Remote Sensor Delivery and Drop System" and includes a quick-load ground mission, ferry flight mission, simulated sensor transport mission with a stack of wooden boards, and a simulated sensor drop mission with softball-sized Wiffle balls being released from the aircraft. The team will utilize composite materials, wood, testing equipment, and electric motors to optimize aircraft performance. Estimated travel and supplies costs: $14,000
The American Helicopter Society will focus on the design and construction of quadcopters, followed by an internal competition amongst the teams. The project will give members the benefits of applying classroom knowledge to physical challenges of aircraft efficiency and stability. Total estimated cost: $7,300
Learn more about our ASE/EM student projects.
UT Design, Build, Fly 2015
The University of Texas at Austin’s Design, Build, Fly team placed fifth at the 2015 annual Cessna/Raytheon Missile Systems AIAA Student Design/Build/Fly competition.
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