Engineering News

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.

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


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