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Ceniceros Awarded SMART Scholarship

Master's student Angelica Ceniceros is the recipient of a 2016 Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation Scholarship for Service from the U.S. Department of Defense. She will use it to pursue a PhD in aerospace engineering at AME.

The extremely competitive scholarship is given to less than 12 percent of total applicants, and aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working in DoD laboratories. Awardees receive a full scholarship, a stipend, summer internships at sponsoring facilities throughout the course of their doctoral studies, and guaranteed employment with their sponsoring facility after they complete their degrees.

Ceniceros will work with the Air Force Research Laboratory research and development site in Maui, Hawaii, after graduation.

Grad Student to Compete in McGuire Pitch Contest

New Venture Competition logoOn Friday, April 29, students on McGuire Entrepreneurship Program startup teams will present innovation in action – and vie for more than $50,000 in prizes – at the New Venture Competition and Showcase.

Among them is mechanical engineering graduate student Zoltan Szabo, as part of the Philotimo Technologies group. They provide interactive virtual-reality-based content, combined with peer-reviewed pedagogy, to engage learners in STEM subjects.

Come to the Berger Auditorium at McClelland Hall between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to cheer him on. 

Alumnus Recognized for University-Industry Partnership

Manny Teran, Jeff Goldberg, David Allen and Don Gervasio at the Tech Launch Arizona I-Squared AwardsAlumnus Manny Teran, who holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, received the 2016 I-Squared Award for Industry and Corporate Partnership from Tech Launch Arizona for collaborating on the commercialization of UA research.

Teran is CEO and president of the Tucson-based Aztera, a product development and automated test company focused on mechanical, electrical, software, optical and biosystems engineering. He is also a member of the College of Engineering industry partner board.


'Engineering an Impact' on OSIRIS-REx

Bradley Williams with the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft in the Lockheed Martin cleanroom. Photo by Symeon Platts/The University of ArizonaWhat got mechanical engineering alumnus Bradley Williams interested in space? Surprisingly enough, the unfortunate end to the Mars Polar Lander mission, which he watched on TV in the fifth grade.

These days, he's a systems engineer for the OSIRIS-REx Camera Suite, which will launch with the spacecraft in September this year. He credits his undergraduate research experience in helping him land his "dream job" right out of school.

Learn more about Williams' work on OCAMS in a blog post he wrote for OSIRIS-REx principal investigator Dante Lauretta.

Photo by Symeon Platts/The University of Arizona

A Day in the Life of Saif Al Mheiri

Saif Al Mheirii in the lab. Photo by Christopher Pike/The NationalAfter earning his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 2004, AME alumnus Saif Al Mheiri received his PhD from the University of Miami. These days, he's on the faculty at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi, where he researches alternative energy sources, large-scale energy storage devices and hybrid alternative energy systems.

Get a glimpse into the daily routine of an assistant professor.

Photo by Christopher Pike/The National

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