Engineering News

AIAA Welcomes Missoum as Associate Fellow

Samy MissoumAssociate professor Samy Missoum has been named a 2017 associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

This grade recognizes individuals "who have accomplished ... important engineering or scientific work, or who have done original work of outstanding merit." Missoum is principal investigator of the Computational Optimal Design of Engineering Systems laboratory, which develops methodologies for the design optimization of complex structural or mechanical problems. 

He and his fellowship cohort will be formally honored in a ceremony on Jan. 9, in Grapevine, Texas. 

Kandyil Recognized for Outstanding Service

Portrait of Jini KandyilRanjini "Jini" Kandyil, senior coordinator of the department's graduate programs and the College's Engineering Design Program, has been selected as a 2016 Outstanding Staff Member by the University of Arizona Asian American Faculty, Staff and Alumni Association for her "exemplary professional accomplishments and noteworth contributions to the University and community at large."

She will be honored in a celebration dinner on Nov. 5 at the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center.

Well-earned kudos to this indispensible member of the AME team! 

OSIRIS-REx on Its Way to Bennu

OSIRIS-REx selfie. (Image: NASA)
The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, which enjoyed a flawless Sept. 8 launch, has successfully sent back its first images.

Among the proud engineers were AME alumnus Bradley Williams, who helped build the camera suite. Graduate student Tanner Campbell, who worked on the software that will navigate OSIRIS-REx around the asteroid Bennu, is also watching the spacecraft's progress with avid interest.

Image courtesy of NASA 

UA Team Part of International Space Surveillance Conference

Associate professor of practice David Gaylor joined a strong University of Arizona contingent at the Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies Conference on Sept. 20-23.

Gaylor, who serves as assistant director of the UA's new Space Object Behavioral Sciences initiative, presented on space situational awareness algorithms.

What's Next for OSIRIS-REx? AME Alumnus Explains

A screenshot of Kris Drozd being interviewed at the OSIRIS-REx launch partyThe OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission saw a flawless launch on Sept. 8. So what happens next?

A KVOA reporter asked alumnus Kristofer Drozd just that on launch day. Drozd, who is pursuing a doctorate in the department of systems and industrial engineering, serves on the spacecraft's operations engineering team. 

Find out what he and his team will do to guide and support OSIRIS-REx over the next seven years.

AME Students and Alumni Are Mission Critical for OSIRIS-REx Success

Concept art of OSIRIS-REx in space with Earth in the background and a UA logo in the top left corner
NASA's OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft is scheduled to start its long journey to the asteroid Bennu tomorrow at 4:05 p.m. MST – thanks in part to the hard work of UA aerospace and mechanical engineering students and alumni, including master's student Tanner Campbell and graduates Kristofer Drozd, John Kidd, Daniel Wibben and Bradley Williams.  

Several of them have trekked to Cape Canaveral to lend a hand at launch. Those of us in Tucson are invited to watch the action at launch parties on campus and around town, and NASA TV will also provide live coverage online.

AME Alumnus Aims to Send Sailplane to the Stratosphere

Ed Warnock, front, and the Perlan crew exhibit their glider at the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture show in July 2015 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin; photo courtesy of Ed Warnock

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 SingerSuzanne 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.

Treating Arthritis with Cartilage Grown from Stem Cells on Scaffolds

John Szivek points out arthritis damage on a bone; image courtesy of ABC 12 WJRTA technique developed by John A. Szivek, professor of orthopaedic surgery and aerospace and mechanical engineering, may someday help arthritis patients avoid knee replacement surgery.

His research at the UA Orthopedic Research Laboratory grows cartilage from stem cells taken from fat tissue on scaffolding that mimics the structure of a normal bone.

AME Alumnus Loves Locomotives

Eric Hadder, chief mechanical officer at the Grand Canyon Railway, inspecting the boiler of a steam locomotive. Photo by  Caitlin O'Hara for The New York Times.

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 


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