Bob CrippenRobert L. Crippen became a NASA astronaut in September 1969. He was a member of the astronaut support crew for the Skylab 2, 3, and 4 missions, and served in this same capacity for the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP) mission, which was completed successfully in July 1975. He served as pilot on STS-1 (April 12-14, 1981), and was the spacecraft commander on STS-7 (June 18-24, 1983), STS-41C (April 6-13, 1984) and STS-41G (October 5-13, 1984).

A four flight veteran, Crippen has logged over 565 hours in space, orbited the earth 374 times and traveled over 9.4 million miles. From 1986-1989, he was assigned as deputy director, Shuttle Operations, for NASA Headquarters at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, responsible for final Shuttle preparation, mission execution, and return of the orbiter to KSC after landing at Edwards Air Force Base, California. He also served as director, Space Shuttle, at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. from 1990 until he was named KSC director in 1992.

Biography courtesy NASA

During the spring semester of 2010, Captain Crippen returned to campus to visit with our students. Read more about his visit.

Crippen is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

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ASE/EM Professors Lead $10M Center for Applied Mathematics Research

Karen Willcox and J. Tinsley Oden are leading efforts on a joint university—DOE program to create a new center for applied mathematics research in learning and optimization under uncertainty.

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Scramjet Research Featured in AIAA Best Paper

Professor Noel Clemens, along with authors Dr. Leon Vanstone and Joe Lingren, have been awarded the AIAA High Speed Air Breathing Propulsion Best Paper award.

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Chad Landis Receives LUNAR Council Teaching Award

Chad Landis has been awarded the ASE/EM LUNAR Council Teaching Award for 2018 for making a positive impact on students’ educational experience through superior teaching.

ASE/EM Faculty Win Grand Challenge Awards

Three ASE/EM faculty members, David Goldstein, Greg Rodin and John Foster, received ICES 2018 W. A. "Tex" Moncrief Grand Challenge Awards.

Mapping Arctic Tundra

This summer, Sophy Wu, a second-year Ph.D. student studying aerospace engineering, conducted fieldwork at the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Toolik Field Station.

Robot Masters Human Balancing Act

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When walking in a crowded place, humans typically aren’t thinking about how we avoid bumping into one another. We are built to use a gamut of complex skill sets required to execute these types of seemingly simple motions. This salsabot’s hips don’t lie. Professor Luis Sentis and his students are advancing human-centered robotics through major innovation that imitates human balance.

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