Engineering News

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. 

AME Announces Spring 2016 Outstanding Students

The UA College of Engineering honored remarkable seniors, graduate students and teaching assistants for the spring 2016 semester at a luncheon on May 2. Among them were the following superlative aerospace and mechanical engineering students:

Outstanding Seniors

• Eliza Dawson, mechanical engineering, nominated by Senior Academic Advisor Arvind Raman
• Andrew Granatstein, aerospace engineering, nominated by Senior Academic Advisor Arvind Raman

Outstanding Seniors Eliza Dawson and Andrew Granatstein; Outstanding Graduate Students Timothy Ashcraft and Sahand Sabet

Outstanding Graduate Students

• Timothy Ashcraft, aerospace engineering, nominated by assistant professor...

Hyperloop Team Aims for Faster, Greener Transit

UA Hyperloop team with adviser Cho Lik Chan in front of their poster in TexasThe UA Hyperloop team, which includes AME undergrads John Mangels, Namrah Habib, Irene Moreno and Jacob Pavek, wants to make the dream of a superfast pneumatic tube train into reality.

This semester, they traveled to College Station, Texas, to compete in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition Design Weekend. They joined more than 100 other university groups in envisioning the people-moving pods for the tube system. While they didn't walk away with a win, they learned a lot. As Moreno said, “It felt more like a collaboration of students with one goal: develop the new and improved mode of...

Mizdail Mentors College's Women

Barbara Mizdail with Women in Engineering groupAME alumna Barbara Mizdail met with 13 members of the UA Women in Engineering program on April 29 to discuss making a mark in male-dominated fields and navigating transitions between school and work.

Mizdail, who received the 2014 SAE International Excellence in Engineering Education Award, graduated with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1972. She was the first female president of the UA Engineering Council and a member of the first class of the first engineering sorority, Beta Rho Delta.

A pioneer throughout her career, she was the first women in the Chrysler Institute Program, one of the first women in Product Planning at Ford Motor Company, the first woman to receive the SAE Distinguished Younger Member Award and the first female engineering professor at Penn State Berks.

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


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