NASA Funds UA Space Exploration Missions
An AME team led by assistant professor Jekan Thanga is partnering with the Colorado School of Mines as part of NASA’s Artemis Student Challenge. Their project will use lasers and CubeSats to search for water on permanently shadowed regions of the moon.Our project is a stepping-stone to building up the necessary technologies to prospect and extract water on the lunar surface.
$1.7M in DOD Funding Enhances UArizona's National Aerodynamics Reputation
Jesse Little, associate professor and associate department head for graduate studiesHypersonics is a key part of the university's strategic plan. Our department has a legacy in fluid mechanics and aerodynamics, and we are building on decades' worth of research done by colleagues. When we're done, across a few different facilities, we'll be able to experiment from Mach 0 to Mach 5, at scales relevant for real problems, not just theoretical ones.
Kyle Hanquist, joined AME as an assistant professor after earning his doctoral degree in aerospace engineering and completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. His most recent focus area is in using computational hypersonics to investigate cooling mechanisms for high-speed vehicles.The UA really stood out compared to other opportunities. The people both at the university and around town are super friendly, and my research aligned well with the department and local industry.
Using a combination of computational and experimental data, professor Samy Missoum is developing a tool to predict the likelihood of traumatic brain injury after a car crash, based on crash conditions like impact velocity and angle.Let’s say a paramedic arrives at the scene of a car accident. They could input the information into a tool and say, ‘Okay, based on the characteristics of this accident, this person is going to have a 70% to 80% chance of severe traumatic brain injury.
Understanding Space Debris
A team of UA researchers, including Roberto Furfaro professor and director of Space Situational Awareness Arizona, is collaborating with universities from around the world to employ an advanced camera on a CubeSat that will monitor meteorites striking the moon.Now agencies are exploring the feasibility of sending these cubes out not just around Earth, but to explore other areas.