Nano to Supersonic Breakthroughs
High-Profile Collaborative Research
UA aerospace and mechanical engineering grad programs unite faculty and students from many disciplines and provide a number of research opportunities, primarily in the following areas:
- Aerospace technology
- Computational mechanics
- Fluid mechanics
- Micro- and nanotechnology
- Renewable energy
- Solid mechanics
See research Focus Areas for information about faculty expertise.
Students in the Spotlight
Graduate student Tanner Campbell and assistant professor Vishnu Reddy used a $1,500 optical sensor they built to track the falling Chinese space station Tiangong-1, comparing their data to that obtained by the U.S. Air Force with far more expensive and sophisticated radar.We are trying to see what we can get and how closely our derived products match. A system like ours is a lot more accessible to academia.
Honoring Prestigious Fellow
Andrew Carnie, dean of the UA Graduate College, praised master’s student Ethan Ryan Burnett and 20 fellow UA grad students on their 2018 National Science Foundation fellowships. Burnett is continuing his work on autonomous space vehicle formation flying while pursuing his PhD at the University of Colorado, Boulder.Receiving the award is a recognition of these students’ dedication to their discipline, their intellectual ability and their commitment to using their knowledge to advance society.
Winning Award for Peridynamics Paper
Yile Hu earned the 2017 Harry H. And Lois G. Hilton Student Paper Award in Structures from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.This study represents an application of peridynamics to predict crack initiation and propagation in notched fiber reinforced composites under cyclic loading.
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