Engineering News

AME Students Display Design Prowess

Team 15098 presents their big check for Best Engineering Analysis at Design Day 2016With 500 seniors presenting almost 100 projects, UA Engineering Design Day 2016 served up the best of Wildcat ingenuity.

As always, aerospace and mechanical engineering students played a significant role in the event's success.

More than half of the 20 award-winning teams included mechanical engineers. Among them were Team 15023 with Michelle Gutierrez and Justin Javelosa, receiving the first-prize Bly Family Award for Innovation in Energy Production, Supply or Use; and...

Ceniceros Awarded SMART Scholarship

Master's student Angelica Ceniceros is the recipient of a 2016 Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation Scholarship for Service from the U.S. Department of Defense. She will use it to pursue a PhD in aerospace engineering at AME.

The extremely competitive scholarship is given to less than 12 percent of total applicants, and aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working in DoD laboratories. Awardees receive a full scholarship, a stipend, summer internships at sponsoring facilities throughout the course of their doctoral studies, and guaranteed employment with their sponsoring facility after they complete their degrees.

Ceniceros will work with the Air Force Research Laboratory research and development site in Maui, Hawaii, after graduation.

Grad Student to Compete in McGuire Pitch Contest

New Venture Competition logoOn Friday, April 29, students on McGuire Entrepreneurship Program startup teams will present innovation in action – and vie for more than $50,000 in prizes – at the New Venture Competition and Showcase.

Among them is mechanical engineering graduate student Zoltan Szabo, as part of the Philotimo Technologies group. They provide interactive virtual-reality-based content, combined with peer-reviewed pedagogy, to engage learners in STEM subjects.

Come to the Berger Auditorium at McClelland Hall between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to cheer him on. 

Alumnus Recognized for University-Industry Partnership

Manny Teran, Jeff Goldberg, David Allen and Don Gervasio at the Tech Launch Arizona I-Squared AwardsAlumnus Manny Teran, who holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, received the 2016 I-Squared Award for Industry and Corporate Partnership from Tech Launch Arizona for collaborating on the commercialization of UA research.

Teran is CEO and president of the Tucson-based Aztera, a product development and automated test company focused on mechanical, electrical, software, optical and biosystems engineering. He is also a member of the College of Engineering industry partner board.


'Engineering an Impact' on OSIRIS-REx

Bradley Williams with the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft in the Lockheed Martin cleanroom. Photo by Symeon Platts/The University of ArizonaWhat got mechanical engineering alumnus Bradley Williams interested in space? Surprisingly enough, the unfortunate end to the Mars Polar Lander mission, which he watched on TV in the fifth grade.

These days, he's a systems engineer for the OSIRIS-REx Camera Suite, which will launch with the spacecraft in September this year. He credits his undergraduate research experience in helping him land his "dream job" right out of school.

Learn more about Williams' work on OCAMS in a blog post he wrote for OSIRIS-REx principal investigator Dante Lauretta.

Photo by Symeon Platts/The University of Arizona

A Day in the Life of Saif Al Mheiri

Saif Al Mheirii in the lab. Photo by Christopher Pike/The NationalAfter earning his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 2004, AME alumnus Saif Al Mheiri received his PhD from the University of Miami. These days, he's on the faculty at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi, where he researches alternative energy sources, large-scale energy storage devices and hybrid alternative energy systems.

Get a glimpse into the daily routine of an assistant professor.

Photo by Christopher Pike/The National

Kudos to da Vinci Scholars

The UA College of Engineering has named its 10 da Vinci Scholars for 2016, and three are mechanical engineering majors: Jim Encinas, Alexander Marshall and Noé Arroyo-Williams.

Congratulations to these exceptional students, who will be recognized alongside the College's da Vinci Fellow in a special reception in May.

Design Day Is on the Way!

UA Engineering Design Day 2016 app logoUA Engineering Design Day 2016 is fast approaching.

On Tuesday, May 3, seniors from every single department in the College of Engineering – including AME – will gather on the UA Mall and in the Student Union to present their capstone design projects.

Join us from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to check out more than 100 student projects.

New this year: Download the free UA Engineering Design Day app for iPhone or for Android.

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...


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