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West Point Wildcats

As a recent article in Arizona Engineer points out, AME boasts close ties with the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Army Capt. Timothy Ashcraft, who received his master's degree in aerospace and mechanical engineering in 2015, will start teaching at West Point this summer, and Professor Emeritus Henry "Skip" Perkins served as a visiting professor of mathematics in 1978-1979.




AME Research Helps NASA Win Laureate Award

Laureate Award trophies at the Aviation Week ceremonyOn March 3, Aviation Week celebrated its 59th annual Laureate Awards – sometimes called the Oscars of the aerospace industry  – and this year's winner in the technology category was NASA’s Environmentally Responsible Aviation Project, "for developing and demonstrating performance-improving technologies that could be used to make the next generation of civil aircraft more efficient, economical and environmentally friendly."

Among the most successful research supported by the six-year ERA Project was the Active Flow Control Enhanced Vertical Tail Flight Experiment, a collaboration among NASA, Boeing, Caltech and the University of Arizona department of aerospace and mechanical engineering. Their technology could bring the next great shift in airplane design, leading to lower fuel consumption...




Wuertz Wins Big on Blade Smithing Show

Congrats go to alumnus Travis Wuertz, who took top honors on the March 15 episode on the History Channel reality competition "Forged in Fire." The show challenges master blade smiths to craft weapons under tough time contraints. 

Wuertz, who received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 2006, created a Viking sword in five days. For his exemplary efforts, he was awarded $10,000 and a chance to return for the season's championship episode.

Read more in the Casa Grande Dispatch.




Modarres to Present 2016 Kececioglu Seminar

Mohammad ModarresMohammad Modarres, an expert in safety assessment and safety goal policy development in engineering systems, will present the 2016 Dimitri Kececioglu Memorial Lecture on Thursday, April 14, at 4 p.m. in AME S212. A reception will follow in the AME courtyard.

His lecture, "Frontiers in Risk and Reliability Research," will highlight present and promising research directions in the fields of reliability engineering and risk assessment.

Modarres currently holds the Nicole Y. Kim Eminent Professorship in the A.J. Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he also serves as director of the Center for Risk and Reliability.

His research interests include probabilistic risk assessment and management, uncertainty analysis, probabilistic physics of failure, and degradation and damage modeling of systems, structures and components.

Modarres has served as a consultant to several governmental agencies, private organizations and national laboratories. He has published more than 300 papers in archival journals...




Tackling Galvanic Corrosion with Reference Electrodes

Industries like smelting and solar energy production move molten salts through metal pipes. Due to the voltage differential between the materials, the pipes corrode quickly and require regular replacement.

Professor Peiwen "Perry" Li worked with colleagues in the department of chemical and environmental engineering to develop an electrode that sits in the pipes and monitors the voltage differential, so operators can work to mitigate corrosion in the system.

Read more about the device, and the company they launched to bring it to market, in UANews




Mid-Semester Stretch for Senior Design Projects

Senior Lindsay Carlson works on his capstone projectWith less than two months remaining until Engineering Design Day, the College's seniors are hitting the home stretch on their capstone design projects. 

Among them are dozens of mechanical engineering majors working on interdisciplinary teams. Find out the latest news on "Autonomous Vehicle Navigation Test Bed," "Autonomous Indoor Mapping System" and "Humidity Control in Spacesuits."




One on One with Doug May

Doug MayAdjunct faculty member Doug May has mentored UA Engineering Design Program teams for seven years. What brings the expert in orbital mechanics and solid rocket motor propellants back each fall?

“I like projects coming from businesses and requiring real solutions,” he said.

Find out what impresses him about College of Engineering capstone students.




AME Alumnus Named University Fellow

Paul NeffPaul Neff, who received a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering in 2014, was named one of the first University Fellows, a highly selective group of graduate students recognized by UA for their promise as interdisciplinary and collaborative leaders.

Learn more about his recent research on hypersonic flight applications in UANews.


Photo by John de Dios/UANews




Capturing Energy with Molten Salts


Raw copper; photo from Wikimedia CommonsProfessor Peiwen "Perry" Li has collaborated with researchers in the UA Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering to create a new method of recovering and storing the vast amounts of heat energy created in metal refining and smelting.

With the help of Tech Launch Arizona, the team is working to bring their inventions to market through the startup company MetOxs Electrochemical.

Read more in UANews

Photo from Wikimedia Commons




Wildcats Hiring Wildcats Through the Career and Professional Development Lab

AME alumnus Raul Graciano with Don Zipperian, vice president of Tucson-based PACE TechnologiesRaul Graciano, who graduated in May 2015 with a degree in mechanical engineering, is a serious success story for the UA Alumni Association Career and Professional Development Lab. At a recent meet-and-greet, he connected with the vice president of a Tucson-based metallography company, who later hired him as a product engineer in charge of design, development and equipment quality control. 

Read more in Arizona Alumni Magazine.




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