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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...




Meet on the Mall for Homecoming Tailgate

UA Homecoming Parade featuring pom squad and marching band
Please join us on Oct. 28-29 for a Haunted Homecoming 2016! On Friday, the College hosts its 53rd annual Engineers Breakfast (RSVP required by Oct. 21).

Then, on Saturday at 4 p.m., meet up at the College of Engineering tent just east of the Cactus Garden on the UA Mall for the Homecoming tailgate.

All graduates with a degree in aerospace or mechanical engineering get an exclusive AME alumni pin when they drop by to greet department head Jeff Jacobs and AME faculty and staff. (RSVP is requested by Oct. 25.)




AME Astronauts Prove That Space Is Wildcat Country

AME astronauts Dick Scobee, Woody Spring and Fernando Caldeiro; images courtesy of NASAThe University of Arizona has sent six astronauts from Tucson to outer space – three of whom were proud graduates of the department of aerospace and mechanical engineering.

Dick Scobee, who received a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering in 1965, started a tradition that continues long after his untimely death during the 1986 launch of the space shuttle Challenger.

AME's second astronaut, Woody Spring, was a motorcycle-riding, scuba-diving West Point grad back from two tours of flying in Vietnam. He earned a master's degree in aerospace engineering in 1974.

Fernando Caldeiro, who received an MS in mechanical engineering in 1984, devoted his NASA career to the technical support of 52 launches at Kennedy Space Center.


Photos courtesy of NASA 




In Memoriam: Lawrence B. Scott Jr.

Lawrence B. Scott Jr.The UA department of aerospace and mechanical engineering is sad to share the news that Lawrence B. "Larry" Scott Jr., professor emeritus and former department head, has passed away.

Scott joined the UA in 1967 and served as department head from 1970 to 1980. He oversaw a growth in stature for the department, particularly in the area of fluid mechanics, and he is noted for hiring several renowned faculty members, including William R. "Bill" Sears and A. Richard "Dick" Seebass. 

Scott was also a dedicated educator who won several teaching citations, including a nomination for the University's Five-Star Faculty Award. 

He retired from the University in 2001.




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