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.

Women in Aerospace for Leadership Development (WIALD)

wiald group photo 2018Women in Aerospace for Leadership and Development is a student-run organization that aims to develop leadership skills in women of all undergraduate engineering majors. WIALD strives to attract and retain more women in engineering by making group activities fun, exciting and ultimately valuable in achieving long-term career goals. Every year, the group works on a different hands-on project, varying between atmospheric and space to gain a wider field of experience. The past year, members learned about aircraft design in preparation for this coming year, where WIALD will be competing in the SAE Aero Design Competition. This competition was developed and designed by industry professionals with a focus on educational value and hands-on experience through exposure to today's technological advancements. In the competition, WIALD will compete against other teams across the country to create their own original aircraft design. They will also write a technical design report, deliver an oral presentation and conduct a flight performance.

Texas Aerial Robotics (TAR)

texas aerial robotics group photo 2018Texas Aerial Robotics (TAR) is a student organization aimed at giving students the opportunity to build, program, and fly fully autonomous multi-copters. TAR competes in the International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC), which challenges students to design fully autonomous drones using ROS and C++ to solve missions at the cutting edge of aerial vehicle systems. Those missions include tasks that have never been done before, which require TAR to develop and utilize computer vision, drone swarming/communication, human-machine interaction, control algorithms, computational modeling, 3d design, sensor fusion for GPS-denied navigation, and corporate relations to accomplish.

Longhorn Rocketry Association (LRA)

longhorn rocketry association group photo 2018The Longhorn Rocketry Association is a student-led organization dedicated to designing, building and flying rockets. The club currently participates in the Spaceport America Cup and the NASA Student Launch Initiative. This year the team will work on the development of supersonic and hybrid launch vehicles, active braking and guidance, and routine testing of a flight weight hybrid engine. The LRA plans to have over 200 members for the 2019-20 academic year, who will gain valuable rocketry experience through hands-on projects. The development of experimental designs and growth of the organization will push members toward their goal of launching an entirely student-designed, developed and tested rocket to 100,000 feet, and then event further to the edge of space.

Design/Build/Fly (DBF)

design build fly group photo 2018The Design/Build/Fly (DBF) team at UT Austin develops remote controlled aircrafts to enter into the annual AIAA Design/Build/Fly competition, an international contest between 90+ teams. Each year, aircraft submissions must complete flight and ground missions unique to the theme of that year’s competition. The 2019 mission was to build a naval aircraft capable of dropping stores on command, taking off from a short, inclined runway, and folding its wings to “save carrier space” – mimicking the requirements of a real-world carrier-based aircraft. Each year, the UT team begins from scratch and designs, constructs, test, and flies its aircraft. This allows students to participate in every step of the process, from conceptual designs and initial SolidWorks models in September to a finished product made from wood and composites in May. The competition takes place in April of each year.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV Austin)

unmanned aerial vehicles group photo 2018The UT Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Team, UAV Austin, is focusing on system and mission optimizations of the team’s competition unmanned aerial system (UAS), Phoenix III, in preparation for the 2020 AUVSI Student Unmanned Aerial Systems competition. Phoenix III is a fully-composite, fixed-wing UAS that is designed, manufactured and operated by the student members of the organization. The UAS is capable of executing a multitude of missions, including payload delivery and object detection. Using data gathered from test flights, simulations, and computational modeling, the team will optimize both the hardware and software systems of Phoenix III. Optimizations will include increased aerodynamic efficiency, an improved obstacle avoidance algorithm, and a more accurate image recognition system. In addition, UAV Austin will emphasize on mission design and strategy for continued operational excellence and professionalism. Ultimately, UAV Austin will stride to shape its members into competent and capable engineers by providing hands-on, industry-relevant project experiences.

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