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) is a student organization that seeks to provide confidence and support that will empower women in the field of aerospace engineering succeed at any hands-on endeavor. Each year, the group takes on a different hands-on project. This year, WIALD is working on a brain-computer interface project with the goal of controlling quadcopters with EEG brain waves. With the guidance of ASE/EM Professor Ufuk Topcu, WIALD will split into several teams ; each team will work on a quadcopter, each with its own mission. Missions will vary between developing software that is mostly computer-controlled to software that relies more on human input. Estimated Cost: $6,000
The UT Design/Build/Fly team is developing a radio-controlled aircraft for the international AIAA Design/Build/Fly competition, hosted by RAYTHEON Missile Systems in Tucson, Arizona in April 2017. This year’s theme is “Tube-launched UAV”, and requires the construction of a hand-launched aircraft that can carry at least 3 hockey pucks. The missions include demonstration, speed, and range flights, and a ground mission for which the aircraft is loaded with pucks, folded down and stored inside a launch tube, and dropped onto a hard surface. The team will utilize composites, wood, testing and machining equipment, and electric motors to optimize aircraft performance. Estimated Cost: $9,000
In preparation for complex rocketry projects, the Longhorn Rocketry Association’s Engine Development Group will be finishing its work on the methane-oxygen Acoustical Resonance Igniter and move forward to create its first custom hybrid rocket engine. LRA has obtained permission to start the construction of a rocket test stand on the Pickle Research Center campus and should start testing later this semester. Additionally, the club is continuing to build upon our knowledge gained from our hugely successful certification group by creating increasingly large serially staged rockets with the intent to reach 100,000 feet by Fall 2018. LRA intends to combine these two teams to win the 2018 IREC after developing a flight weight hybrid rocket engine. Estimated Cost: $21,300
The UT Unmanned Aerial Vehicle team will compete again in the AUVSI Student Unmanned Aerial Systems competition in June 2017, after taking 15th of 43 teams. The UAV team is developing a new plane this year with more fuselage space, upgraded electronics, and payload delivery capabilities. All of the previous year’s functionality will be repeated, including real-time video surveillance, image recognition, autonomous takeoff, flight, landing, and automated obstacle avoidance. The team will need to purchase many new components for the plane, as well as cover their travel costs to the AUVSI SUAS competition in June of 2017. Estimated Cost: $9,000
This year Texas Aerial Robotics will be competing in the International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC). They will be building a drone that implements computer vision to see and interact with moving objects without the aid of GPS. Computer Vision is an image processing style, that should allow a drone to use a basic camera to see an interact with objects as if it were a bird. This August they will be traveling to Georgia Tech to present their final product and compete against teams from across the globe. Estimated Cost: $3,500
Learn more about ourASE/EM student projects.