Engineering News

New AME Faculty Member Tubaldi Receives BIO5 Team Scholars Program Grant

Headshot of Eleonora TubaldiSince joining the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering in January, assistant professor Eleonora Tubaldi has been quick to make an impact, as illustrated by her already receiving funding for her BIO5 Team Scholars Program project.

In patients with dialysis, the ability to be connected to the dialysis machine relies on the presence of a functional vascular access. However, vascular access points used to draw and return a patient's blood often wear out. The study, titled "MRI-to-CFD Pipeline for Hemodynamic Profiling of Murine Arteriovenous Fistula," is designed to develop an open-source software application that provides analysis of MRI data. Doctors can use the data to determine the best way to make the vascular access points last longer, thus reducing patient morbidity and mortality.

Tubaldi will be working alongside BIO5 researchers Dr. Prabir Roy-Chaudhury and Dr. Diego Celdrán Bonafonte.

Ethan Burnett Chosen as NSF Fellowship Program Awardee

Aerospace and mechanical engineering graduate student Ethan Ryan Burnett was selected for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

Burnett's research has been in spaceflight mechanics and astrondynamics with a focus on spacecarft formation flying. He plans to continue work on autonomous space vehicle navigation and control.

The NSF GRFP was created to recognize and support outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees.

Fellows are awarded a three-year annual stipend of $34,000, a $12,000 cost-of-education allowance for tuition and fees, opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct their own research.

AME Faculty, Graduate Students Shine Through Honors and Recognition

Victor Nguyen, Arman Dabiri, Shuyang Zhang, Jorge Martinez Dominguez and Brason Holt.

AME faculty and graduate students continue to bring prestigious fellowships, awards, honors and recognition to the department. 

Victor Nguyen (aerospace engineering doctoral program - adviser: Olesya Zhupanska) was awarded the NASA Jenkins Fellowship in January 2017. The fellowship, funded by the NASA Glenn Research Center, was awarded for Nguyen’s work in high-voltage insulation materials and structures for electric propulsion. The award also provided him the opportunity to gain research experience on-site at NASA Glenn.

Arman Dabiri (mechanical engineering doctoral program - adviser: Eric Butcher) won the Publons 2017 Peer Review Award in Mathematics, which honors outstanding efforts in peer review across the world's mathematics journals. In addition, Dabiri...

AIAA Selects Aerospace, Chemical Engineering Double Major for 20 Twenties Group

Namrah Habib stands next to NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson while guests mingle in the background at the 2018 Aviation Week Annual Laureates Awards.Namrah Habib, a senior who majors in both aerospace engineering and chemical engineering, has been recognized as one of the American Institute Aeronautics and Astronautics "20 Twenties," a group of 20 students from across three continents who are recognized for their outstanding scholarship, research or design projects, and civic contributions.

She and the other awardees were honored during Aviation Week’s 61st Annual Laureates Awards in Washington, D.C., on March 1.

Habib is currently an image processing intern on the NASA OSIRIS-REx mission, and in addition to earning the AIAA honor, has been awarded numerous prestigious awards, such as the...

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.

TLA Startup of the Year Boasts AME-Developed Products

Awards presented to winners of TLA's I-Squared Expo & AwardsTech Launch Arizona recently held its fourth annual I-Squared Expo & Awards, highlighting University of Arizona researchers whose inventions impact the quality of life of people in Tucson, across Arizona and throughout the world.

New this year was a startup showcase, which included MetOxs Solutions, a company specializing in providing technology for more sustainable mining and energy production.

MetOxs was selected as the I-Squared Startup of the Year for its impressive portfolio, including corrosion sensors for metal pipes developed with the assistance of AME professor Peiwen "Perry" Li. Li also collaborated on the company's flagship process, a...


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