Shortly after midnight on Nov. 20, Professor Glenn Lightsey let out a "whoop" of excitement in front of his computer screen.

The FASTRAC mission is right on track with a new milestone reached on March 22. At 6:35 a.m., the two nanosatellites, named Emma and Sara Lily, successfully separated in space and continued communicating.

Professors Tom Hughes and Mark Mear were selected to receive 2011-12 Moncrief Grand Challenge Faculty awards.

Professor Thomas J. R. Hughes has been elected as a Foreign Member of The Royal Society, the United Kingdom's national academy of science and the oldest known scientific society in the world.

Glenn Lightsey has been recognized for his excellence in teaching with two awards.