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Learning Research Experience Student Benefits from UA Program, AME Mentor

Gabriel Vasquez studies mechatronics engineering at Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana in Honduras, but this summer he spent 10 weeks in Tucson as part of the University of Arizona Summer Program "A Learning Research Experience" under the guidance of accomplished mentors such as AME Professor Peiwen "Perry" Li.


"When I first arrived at the UA, I met with Dr. Li and we had a two-hour chat," Vasquez said. "I told him about my background and interests, and he placed me on a research project involving 3-D-printed tubes for enhanced heat exchangers. 3-D printing is familiar to me, and now I can find new applications for it. I'm also interested in energy transfer, so this project fulfilled many of my interests."


Vasquez explored innovative designs for internal flow heat exchangers, specifically ones that are 3-D printed, lowering the cost and waste associated with the manufacturing process.




High-Speed Wind Tunnel Built in AME Building to Advance Hypersonic Flight for US Navy

Engineers are installing three 20-foot-long tubes for a new high-speed wind tunnel in the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Building, ushering in an era of hypersonic discovery at the University of Arizona.


"There have been peaks and valleys in U.S. hypersonic research since World War II," said assistant professor Stuart "Alex" Craig, who joined the UA Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering in 2016. "With China and Russia flight-testing hypersonic drone aircraft whose missile payloads can strike targets thousands of miles away in less than an hour, we’re definitely seeing an uptick."




AME Grad Leads Arizona Innovation Challenge Award-Winning Company

Two companies tied to the University of Arizona College of Engineering were among the winners of the Arizona Commerce Authority's spring 2017 Arizona Innovation Challenge.


Hydronalix, maker of the Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard, or EMILY, robotic lifeguard, was founded by Tony Mulligan, who received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the UA in 1988 and serves on the College of Engineering's Industry Partner Board.


Codelucida, which is commercializing error-correction technology for data storage and communications systems, was co-founded by UA professor of electrical and computer engineering and mathematics Bane Vasić with Shiva Planjery, who received his PhD in electrical and computer engineering from the UA in 2013, and David Declercq, a professor at the University of Cergy-Pontoise in France.




AME Student Helps Build Two Telescopes From the Ground Up

AroraFive undergraduate students from the University of Arizona's College of Engineering, including recent aerospace and mechanical engineering graduate Sameep Arora, helped build two 24-inch telescopes in seven months to track satellites and space junk. Starting June 20, after a first light ceremony at 6 p.m., one of the telescopes will run autonomously each night in the place where the old telescope once stood.




2017 da Vinci Scholars Include Repeat Winners

2017 da Vinci Scholars from AME: Jim Encinas, Alexander Marshall, Alexander McCarthy and David Malboeuf Each year, the College of Engineering awards 10 da Vinci scholarships to exceptional students. The scholarship program is funded by members of the College's da Vinci Circle – a group of roughly 300 individuals and corporations whose gifts support our faculty and students' ongoing research.

Congratulations to the four 2017 da Vinci Scholars from the UA Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering: Jim Encinas, David Malboeuf, Alexander Marshall and Alexander Mccarthy.

This is Encinas and Marshall's second consecutive year as da Vinci Scholar recipients.


Photo (clockwise from left): Jim Encinas, Alexander Marshall, David Malboeuf and Alexander Mccarthy.




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