AME Alumnus Aims to Send Sailplane to the Stratosphere
As CEO of the Perlan Project, aerospace engineer Ed Warnock is preparing to launch an engineless aircraft to the edge of space and elevate our knowledge about climate, the ozone layer and flying on Mars.
Given his own career trajectory, it is not surprising Warnock was captivated by the Perlan story.
Photo courtesy of Ed Warnock
Alumna Reflects on Need for More Native American Women in STEM
Suzanne Singer graduated from the UA with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 2003, received a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2009, and now works as an energy and thermal fluids analyst at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
She recently discussed her experience as a Native American woman in STEM and her ideas for promoting a more inclusive, diverse educational environment in the sciences and engineering.
AME Alumnus Loves Locomotives
Eric Hadder has loved trains since he was two years old.
Pursing that passion brought him to the UA, where he received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1995. Hadder explains his pathway to chief mechanical officer at the Grand Canyon Railway in an interview with the New York Times.
Photo courtesy of Caitlin O'Hara/The New York Times
Mechanical Engineering Student Mentors 4-H Campers
Mechanical engineering undergraduate Juan Carlos Martinez is bringing science to elementary school students this summer. He serves as a mentor in the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension's 4-H Youth Development Program in his hometown of Douglas.
The program has taken him around the country to learn more about 4-H and its ideals on healthy living and eating – and to Mexico City, where he contributed to the development of an equivalent program.
Photo courtesy of Aaliya Montoya/Douglas Dispatch
Alumnus to Receive Medal of Merit from MFSW
The Mining Foundation of the Southwest has selected William R. Assenmacher, CEO and principal owner of CAID Industries, to receive a 2016 Medal of Merit.
Assenmacher, who graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1974, will be recognized for his contributions to the mining sector in a ceremony in Tucson on Dec. 3.
Warnock Helps Take Gliders to Record-Breaking Heights
The current altitude record for level flight by a piloted aircraft is just over 85,000 feet, but the Perlan Project hopes to take their sailplane to 90,000 feet this summer, using stratospheric mountain waves near the Antarctic polar vortex.
University of Arizona alumnus Ed Warnock is helping the Perlan Project reach those heights. The 1968 graduate of UA's aerospace engineering program currently serves as the nonprofit's CEO.
Read more about the project, and Warnock's work, in the cover story of the July issue of Smithsonian Air & Space magazine.
AME Alumnus Named AAAS Invention Ambassador
Anthony Mulligan, who received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona in 1988, was selected as a 2016 AAAS/Lemelson Invention Ambassador.
Mulligan is the founder and CEO of Hydronalix Inc., a Sahuarita-based company that develops robotics, including the EMILY family of unmanned search-and-rescue vehicles, for use by maritime researchers, first responders and military personnel.