Ryan Russell has been elected Fellow of the American Astronautical Society in recognition of his contributions to the field of astronautics.

Thomas J. R. Hughes has been selected to receive the 2018 ASME Medal, the highest honor awarded by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Karen E. Willcox has joined the Cockrell School of Engineering faculty as a tenured professor of aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics this fall.

Srinivas Bettadpur was instrumental in establishing a UT-NASA partnership for the next-generation McDonald Geodetic Observatory, which will be led by the Center for Space Research. 

This year's UT Austin Unmanned Aerial Vehicles team placed 6th overall among 69 competing teams in the 2018 AUVSI SUAS competition.