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Kerschen Honored for Graduate Teaching and Mentorship

Professor Edward J. KerschenThe UA Graduate College has named longtime professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering Edward J. Kerschen a 2017 recipient of its Graduate Teaching and Mentoring Award.

Kerschen came to the University of Arizona from General Electric in 1981 and was named a full professor in 1998. Since 2000, he's taught the graduate-level courses AME 536A/B: Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics and AME 639: Aeroacoustics, among others.

"His way of delivering lectures inspired me to take up the challenge and rise up to his level," wrote nominator Harshad Kalyankar, an aerospace engineering master's degree student. He also noted Kerschen's willingness to meet with students at length, which "displayed his commitment and priority to students above his research and other tasks."

Kerschen's concern for his students was frequently mentioned by his nominees, as was his penchant for using classroom debates as a learning experience.

"He has created an environment where students...

2017 Kececioglu Lecture to Feature Kyung Choi

Kyung K. Choi, a professor in the mechanical and industrial engineering department at the University of Iowa, will present the 2017 Dimitri Kececioglu Memorial Lecture on Thursday, March 30, at 4 p.m. in AME S212. A reception will follow in the AME courtyard.

His lecture, "Developments of Reliability-Based Design Optimization and Confidence-Based Uncertainty Quantification and Reliability Assessment" (PDF), will highlight the collaboration between UI and the U.S. Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center into basic research for reliability-analysis and reliability-based design optimization, or RBDO, methods. 

Choi is the Roy J. Carver Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the department of mechanical and industrial engineering at the University of Iowa, where he is a founding member of the Center for Computer-Aided Design. His research interests include uncertainty quantification, reliability analysis, reliability-based design optimization, design sensitivity analysis, and mathematical theory of optimization and its applications.

Kyung K. Choi has co-authored more than 350 papers, including 150-plus journal papers in leading national...

UA Aerospace Engineers Shine at AIAA SciTech Forum

Montage of AME faculty and students at AIAA SciTech 2017
While the UA Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering is always well represented at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ annual Science and Technology Forum and Exposition, University of Arizona researchers took center stage at this year's gathering on Jan. 9-13 in Grapevine, Texas.

Among the AME honorees, presenters and panelists at AIAA SciTech 2017 were professors Israel Wygnanski, Hermann Fasel, Moriba Jah, Jesse Little, Erdogan Madenci, Samy Missoum, Anatoli Tumin and Olesya Zhupanska; research scientist James Threadgill; and graduate student Yile Hu.

Photo courtesy of AIAA 

Alumna Named Influential Arizona Millennial

Jen Watson KoevaryJen Watson Koevary, who received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona in 2008, was named one of 20 influential millennials working in Arizona by AZ Big Media. 

Koevary serves as chief operating officer of Avery Therapeutics, a biotech startup, where she leads commercialization strategy and operations. She is also a research assistant professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Arizona. 

Wygnanski to Deliver 2017 AIAA Dryden Lecture

Israel Wygnanski; image courtesy of Nasa Ames Research Center
Israel J. Wygnanski, University of Arizona professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering, will deliver the 2017 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Dryden Lecture on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 4:30 p.m. MST. 

A livestream of his lecture, "Maturation of Active Flow Control Concepts for Improved Aircraft Performance," will be available from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. MST through the AIAA website.

Photo courtesy of NASA Ames Research Center

AME Alumnus Takes the Reins at Sundt

Alumnus Mike Hoover, president and CEO of Sundt ConstructionMike Hoover, who received his BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona in 1983, has been named president and CEO of Sundt Construction

Hoover, a second-generation Sundt employee and Tucson native, worked his way up in the company from laborer to executive, holding various positions including project engineer and division manager.

He replaces Dave Crawford, also a UA Engineering alumnus, as CEO.

Photo courtesy of A.E. Araiza/Arizona Daily Star

Undergraduate Meets the Bike More Challenge

Bike More Challenge; photo by Ron Medvescek/Arizona Daily StarBryan Little, a mechanical engineering senior, bicycles at least a portion of his commute to campus from Vail every day.

This year, he put those miles – and many more – toward the totals of the Tucson Bike More Challenge. The competition encourages people to ride their bikes for commutes, errands and recreation by tracking their distances from Oct. 30 to Nov. 30.

Bryan placed first for Most Miles among the male competitors. The majority of his 1,455 miles were ridden on Tucson trails. 

Senior Concludes Run as Ranger Challenge Captain

UA mechanical engineering senior Maurissa Wortham served as the UA Reserve Officers' Training Corps Ranger Challenge Team captain. Following the year in which the University of Arizona Reserve Officers' Training Corps Ranger Challenge Team saw the greatest number of female cadets in its history, the team also had a female captain in Maurissa Wortham.

Wortham, a mechanical engineering senior, led the team to its third consecutive regional victory and a top-five finish among 36 schools in the 5th Brigade.

Fellow mechanical engineering major Marissa Rives served as captain for a non-competition group of emergent team members who spent the term focusing on skills development. 

Alumni Honored at 2016 Homecoming Celebration

Sara McCoy and Anthony MulliganTwo remarkable AME alumni were recognized for their contributions at the 2016 College of Engineering Homecoming celebration.

Sara McCoy, who received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1993, was given the Bear Down Award for her volunteer work as president of the UA Maricopa County Engineering Council.

In 2014 McCoy became the first woman to manage a power generation plant for the Salt River Project. She oversees the Agua Fria Generation Station, which provides power to more than a million customers in greater Phoenix.

Anthony Mulligan, who earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1988, was surprised with the Leo B. Hart Humanitarian Award for his work as founder and CEO of Hydronalix.

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Grad Students Bring in Bumper Crop of Honors

Graduate students in the UA department of aerospace and mechanical engineering have a long history of strong scholastic performance, but this year they have brought in a bumper crop of honors and awards.
2016 graduate student scholarship winners
University Awards

Two fall 2016 additions to AME doctoral programs – Arth Pande in aerospace engineering and Sahand Sabet in mechanical engineering  – were selected for 2016-2017 College of Engineering Graduate College Fellowships, which provide $30,000 and a full tuition scholarship.

They follow in the footsteps of 2015-2016 GCF recipients Mark Agate (aerospace engineering, advised by Jesse Little) and Ethan Boroson (mechanical engineering, advised by Samy Missoum).

Three PhD students received 2016-2017 Theodor Troller Memorial Scholarships: Ying Fang (aerospace engineering, advised by...


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