Bob E. Schutz has been selected to receive the 2008 Dirk Brouwer Award from the American Astronautical Society in recognition of his years of educational and professional contributions to astrodynamics and the aerospace profession.

The Special Achievement Award for Young Investigators in Applied Mechanics, an award given annually by the Applied Mechanics Division, of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), has been renamed the Thomas J.R. Hughes Young Investigator Award.

Aerospace Engineering junior Miguel Cruz has been selected to receive a scholarship from the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation.

Chad Landis has been selected to receive the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' Thomas J.R. Hughes Young Investigator Award for outstanding contributions to the mechanics of active materials.

The department welcomes two new faculty members this semester: Dr. Jayant Sirohi in the Structural Dynamics Area and Dr. Charles Tinney in the Fluid Mechanics Area.