Engineering News

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.

Gregg to Present 2016 Sears Memorial Lecture

Portrait of Robert D. Gregg IIIRobert D. Gregg III, chief aerodynamicist at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, will present the 2016 William R. Sears Memorial Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 4 p.m. in AME S212. A reception will follow in the AME courtyard.

His lecture, "The Evolution of Winglets to the Max," will investigate the history and refinement of the winglet, a common feature on many passenger aircraft, over the last 40 years.

Gregg has more than 37 years of experience in aircraft development, advanced aircraft and aerodynamic concepts, and technology research.

As chief aerodynamicist for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, a position he has held since 2013, Gregg provides technical leadership on aerodynamic requirements, processes, configuration development and compliance, as well as support of airplane program efforts. He also heads Boeing's enterprise computational fluid dynamics efforts. Previously, Gregg served as chief engineer of flight sciences product development and technology at Boeing, where he led the configuration development for the 737 Max, 787-10X, 767-...

Sophomore Explores Science Through Archery

Sophomore Madison Eich aims at a target at the PSE Archery range. Photo by Darien Bakas / The Daily WildcatArchery is much more complicated than "point and shoot." Just ask mechanical engineering major Madison Eich, who is also an Olympic hopeful.

Through her sport of choice, she explores kinematics, statics, trigonometry – and even psychology.

Learn more about her road to Rio and the engineering implications of bows and arrows in the Daily Wildcat.

Photo by Darien Bakas/The Daily Wildcat

Victory Is Sweet at Hack Arizona 2016

A laser drone-control device that can be mounted on the head won Hack Arizona’s best hardware award.Competitors from the College of Engineering swept the top awards at Hack Arizona 2016 – and of course AME students were among them.

Aerospace engineers Kameron Mensing, Arek Rembelski and Abhishek Rane helped build Oculus Rift Controlled Laser Turret, which took the best hardware award. Using a virtual reality program and parts made from a 3-D printer in the library, their team designed a device that emits laser beams to control drones in the sky.

Mechanical engineering major Davis McGregor worked on Mini Midi Recyclable, which won the sustainability prize. Made from leftover aluminum cans, an Arduino microcontroller and stickers handed out by sponsors, the project emits musical tones when touched.

Read more about the three-day hackathon in Arizona Engineer.

Checking In on Design Progress

As the spring semester starts up, AME seniors are hard at work on their senior design projects. Some even put in hours over winter break! Check in on a couple interdisciplinary projects involving mechanical engineering students, "Deep-Water Sensor System" and "Sonar Module Integration for the EMILY Rescue Boat."

From AME to SpaceX: Giancarlo Guevara

Giancarlo Guevara graduated in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a minor in math. After three years as a structural analyst at SpaceX, he's back in Tucson at Raytheon Missile Systems.

He has some words of wisdom for students looking for similar success: "Make yourself a well-rounded engineer." 

Read more in the University of Arizona Alumni Association blog

Congrats to Fall 2015 Outstanding Students!

The University of Arizona Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering is quite proud to announce its outstanding students for fall 2015:

• Outstanding Senior in Aerospace Engineering: Ruben Adkins‐Rieck
• Outstanding Senior in Mechanical Engineering: Liliana Saldana
• Outstanding Graduate Student: Ethan Boroson

See a slideshow featuring the students and their nominating professors in Arizona Engineer.

Adjunct Instructor Talks Mentorship

Portrait of Gerald PineGerald Pine, who has taught ENGR 498: Interdisciplinary Design and AME 324B: Engineering Component Design, was profiled by the UA Engineering Design Program. Read more about his experiences mentoring College of Engineering seniors.



Following Up on Senior Design Projects

What happens after AME seniors cap off their capstone projects? Catch up on some of the interdisciplinary design projects our mechanical engineering majors worked on last year– on archery assembly lines, equine health apps and 3-D printed mirrors.

AME Students Win Big at SHPE Conference

Sophomore Erasmo Quijada’s team won the Nissan Design Competition at the 2015 SHPE national conference.The UA student chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers continued an impressive winning streak at the 2015 SHPE national conference, beating out more than 300 other teams for the Outstanding Leadership Development Award and picking up several other honors.

Mechanical engineering sophomore Erasmo Quijada performed particularly well, sharing a win (and $10,000!) in the Nissan Design Competition with two other students.

Read more about their outstanding accomplishments in Arizona Engineer.


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