clemens about us

This semester marks a very exciting time for Texas ASE/EM. I am pleased to announce that the department will be moving to a newly renovated, more modern home on the UT Austin campus later this year. This new home will foster a collaborative and interdisciplinary research and learning environment for our faculty and students. It will include a new state-of-the-art space object visualization lab, expanded and updated human-centered robotics and UAV labs, and additional space for our student-centered labs including the Air Systems Design Lab and the Texas Spacecraft Lab. In addition, a collaborative student center will welcome students and visitors at the grand entrance.

Of course, our faculty and students are still as busy as ever while preparing for this move. You can read more about some of the impactful work they are doing in this newsletter, which includes a new $7.5 million project that Ufuk Topcu is leading to create truly autonomous systems, faculty collaborating to make a difference in Hurricane Harvey efforts, and most recently, recruiting our newest faculty member, Karen Willcox, who will serve as the next director for the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES). For more news and information, visit our website.


Noel T. Clemens

Chair, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Bob R. Dorsey Professor in Engineering

clemens about usThis fall marks the beginning of my sixth year to serve as chair for the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at UT Austin. Over the past five years, I have worked closely with our faculty to develop strategies that reaffirm our top 10 program rankings according to U.S. News & World Report.

One third of our current faculty have been recruited in this timeframe, and we continue to expand our research expertise in innovative fields such as robotics and space traffic management. In 2016, the department announced a new Bachelor of Science program in the field of computational engineering, and our project-based learning environment continued to flourish.

In this newsletter, I am pleased to share stories that celebrate these advancements. Read about our newest faculty and their cutting-edge research, learn about our latest undergraduate student projects, and find out how our alumni are changing the world.


Noel T. Clemens

Chair, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Bob R. Dorsey Professor in Engineering