Engineering News

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.

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.

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.



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.

Peiwen Li Named Associate Editor of Solar Energy Journal

Cover of Solar EnergyProfessor Peiwen "Perry" Li was named an associate editor of Solar Energy, the official journal of the International Solar Energy Society. He will also serve as associate editor of AIMS Energy and Frontiers in Energy Research and sit on the editorial advisory board for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells.

Professors Win Grant to Study Supersonic Air Flow

The project "Investigation of 3-D Shock-Boundary Layer Interaction: A Combined Approach Using Experiments, Numerical Simulations and Stability Analysis" was awarded $900,000 from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to study how air behaves when traveling faster than the speed of sound. Headed by assistant professor Jesse Little and professor Hermann Fasel, the work will focus on understanding the physics of shock waves interacting with near-surface air flows in three dimensions. 

Learn more about the long-term goals of the study in Arizona Engineer. 

Homecoming 2015

AME Homecoming 2015 We invite you to join us for AME's 2015 Homecoming reception and dinner, honoring Professor Emeritus Chuan F. "Tony" Chen for his dedicated service to the department from 1980 to 2002. 

Friday, Oct. 23, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
AME Courtyard
1130 N Mountain Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85719
RSVP by Oct. 19 to

Students See Aircraft Assembled at Honeywell and Boeing

A recent "industry trek" led by UA Career Services and the Institute for Career Readiness and Engagement took 32 College of Engineering students to Phoenix and Mesa to visit Honeywell Aerospace and Boeing Helicopter. There, they saw auxiliary power units assembled for 737s and watched Apache helicopters being assembled.

Read more about the tour in Arizona Engineer. 

Alumni Excellence: Barbara Mizdail

SAE International has honored Barbara E. Mizdail, UA alumna and senior lecturer in the mechanical engineering department at Pennsylvania State University, with the 2014 Excellence in Engineering Education Award

A Pioneering Woman at UA

“I had a pretty interesting career and it all started at the U of A!” said Mizdail, who received her bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1972.

Mizdail was the first female president of the UA Engineering Council. She was also a member of the first pledge class for the nation's first engineering sorority, Beta Rho Delta, which was founded at UA in 1967. "Back then only about half of a percent of engineers were women. ... It was a big deal to start an engineering sorority,” she said.

She remembers her undergraduate days fondly.

“At the end of the year during Engineers Week, we always had a tug of war with the agriculture college, and one year we had the rope hooked up to a Jeep so we pulled all the aggies in the mud.”...

Plasma Research Could Make Flight Safer and Reduce Aircraft Emissions

With Department of Defense funding and student researchers that include a decorated Army pilot, assistant professor Jesse Little studies plasma’s potential to transform aerospace testing and technologies. 

Read more about the research, the recent grant and the remarkable students staffing the project in Arizona Engineer.


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