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Wednesday 9th of April 2014
Congratulations to Frank Lu for his election as VP-Publications for AIAA. This superb recognition reflects his long standing within the AIAA community and beyond. A crowning of a rich history of service we are proud of, including Editor-in-Chief, AIAA Progress in Aeronautics and Astronautics, Editorial Board member of Shock Waves, Aerospace Science and Technology and International Journal of Aerospace Innovation, and Springer book series Shock and High Pressure Phenomena and most recently Membership into AIAA High Speed Air Breathing Propulsion Technical Committee.
Wednesday 9th of April 2014
UTA MAE Aero Mavericks Fixed-Wing Division (28-30 March)
SAE AeroDesign West 2014: UTA 8th Overall, 5th in Flight Score out of 33 Regular Class teams in total Chief Engineer: Robert Wilsford
UTA MAE Aero Mavericks Rocket Division (05 April)
2014 Battle of the Rockets: UTA 2nd Egg Saucer Event out of 9 Egg Saucer teams in total
Chief Engineer: James Haley
The Aero Mavericks team and the Aero Mavericks President, David Whaley, thanks the MAE department for their support. A special thank you to Douglas A. Cawley from MCKOOL SMITH (http://www.mckoolsmith.com/) for being the primary sponsor for the Aero Mavericks student team.
Success is a journey, not a destination. Congratulations to the Aero Maverick’s year-long learning via preparations, design, manufacturing, testing and most of all - teamwork.
--Bernd Chudoba, Aero Mavs Sponsor
Thursday 3rd of April 2014
Congratulations to Mr. Michael Stringer, ME Senior, and Dr. Raul Fernandez, Advisor, for leading a multi-disciplinary team (UTA-UTSW-UTD) to the top of the 2014 Emory Global Health Competition!
Last week, Mr. Michael Stringer, ME senior, represented UTA in a multi-disciplinary team that entered the prestigious International Emory Global Health Case Competition. Michael joined three medical students and two MBA students from our two sister institutions in the Metroplex—UT Southwestern and UT Dallas—to take first prize and a $6,000 cash award. Dr. Fernandez advised the team throughout the competition.
The Emory Case is the largest and most enduring academic global health competition, this year drawing as many as 140 students from 24 universities across the United States, Australia, Canada, and Sweden. The GE Foundation is the signature sponsor for the competition.
The student teams spent an intensive weekend developing organizational strategies for the World Health Organization (WHO) to ensure it successfully meets emerging 21st century health challenges. Teams included undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students from multiple academic disciplines. Competing in the 2014 event were Cornell University, Duke University, Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, Lund University, Mount Sinai University, New York University, Northwestern University, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of Alberta, the University of California Irvine, the University of California at San Francisco, the University of Melbourne, the University of Minnesota, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Southern California, the University of Toronto, the University of Virginia, Vanderbilt University, Yale University, Yeshiva University, and Emory University.
The UT Metroplex team beat Johns Hopkins to the top award in a contested, double-round set of presentations. As expressed by one of Emory’s officers the UT Metroplex team came “under the radar” to claim the top prize.
Thanks to Dr. Fernandez collaborative effort with UT Southwestern’s Innovations in Healthcare Solutions (HIS) program, we currently have 5 Senior Capstone Design teams working on UTSW/HIS- projects. UT Southwestern’s Innovations in Healthcare Solutions program encourages medical device & service entrepreneurship.
Thursday 3rd of April 2014
Congratulations to Mr. Paul Quillen for being selected AFRL Scholar (Dr. Subbarao, Advisor). Paul will be joining the Air Force Research Lab at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, NM for his summer internship. He will be working under the space vehicles directorate supporting the Guidance, Navigation and Control test system development team under Captain Timothy Shuck.
Thursday 3rd of April 2014
Congratulations to Mr. Jeremiah Sanders, (Dr. Huang, supervisor) for being selected an AFRL Scholar. Jeremiah will participate in the prestigious Phillips Scholars Program and support the Deployable Shell RF Reflectors with mentor Jeremy Banik, at the Air Force Research Lab at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, NM. His 8 weeks summer internship will provide him with a stipend in the amount of $5,360.00 based on his current academic level as Undergraduate Senior.
Wednesday 2nd of April 2014
Ms. Sarah Hussein (Prof. Lu, Advisor) has been selected to receive a 2014 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Selection for this highly competitive fellowship reflects Sarah’s outstanding abilities and accomplishments, as well as her unique potential to contribute to strengthening the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise.
Wednesday 12th of March 2014
Dr. Ashfaq Adnan has been selected as a Summer Fellow to the Naval Research Laboratory in the 2014 Office of Naval Research Summer Faculty Research Program. He will join the Multifunctional Materials Branch and his research will be on multiscale modeling of cellular networks in human brain.
Friday 7th of March 2014
Professor Agonafer has been selected as the 2014 National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Golden Torch Award honoree for Golden Torch Legacy Award. He will be recognized at the “17th Annual Golden Torch Awards (GTA)” to be held on Saturday, March 29, 2014 in Nashville, TN. The award is the “highest award” given at the annual NSBE conference with a citation: “For selfless dedication and achievements, this award is given to an individual who has had an historical impact on the African-American community on a global basis. This individual has exhibited a spirit of determination and perseverance and has had to overcome and endure many challenges along the way. The honoree is chosen at a national level. Included in this award is a lifetime membership to the National Society of Black Engineers.” For additional information, please see: http://www.nsbe.org/Programs/NSBE-Programs/Golden-Torch-Awards/2014-GTA-Winners.aspx
Friday 7th of March 2014
The Graduate ASL team (Dr. Subbarao, Advisor) of Ghassan Atmeh, Pavan Nuthi, Laura Henderson, Alok Rege, Ameya Godbole (MS), Paul Quillen, Varun Pathakamudi (MS), and Pengkai Ru was selected to compete at the 2014 RASC-Al (Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage). Their project titled, SMIRFF: Smart Maintenance, Inspection, and Repair Free-Flyer, will be presented in the Tele-operated Robot Theme. Other finalists include teams from the University of Maryland, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Virginia Tech, Drexel University, West Virginia University and the University of Colorado – Boulder.
NASA will sponsor travel for the team to the 2014 RAC-Al Forum competition to be held in Cocoa Beach, FL June 17-19.
Thursday 23rd of January 2014
Dr. Alan Bowling, an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has proved that the effect of mass is important, can be measured, and has a significant impact on any calculations and measurements at the sub-micrometer scale.
The results are consistent with Newton’s Second Law of Motion and imply that mass should be included in the dynamic model of nano-sized objects in fluid environments that often occurs in biological systems. The most widely accepted models omit mass at that scale.
Dr. Bowling collaborated with Samarendra Mohanty, assistant professor of physics; doctoral students Mahdi Haghshenas-Jaryani, Bryan Black, and Sarvenaz Ghaffari; and graduate student James Drake.
For more information : http://www.uta.edu/news/releases/2014/01/bowling-nano-measurement.php
Wednesday 13th of November 2013
Congratulations to Dr. Ankur Jain, recipient of the 2013 ASME EPPD Young Engineer Award for Outstanding Contributions as a Young Engineer to the Field of Electronic and Photonic Packaging! Established in 2001, the award recognizes a young engineer with significant technical achievements in the area of electronic and photonic packaging demonstrated through papers, patents, or product development. Ankur was formally recognized at the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition November 19, 2013, San Diego, from Dr. Yogendra Joshi, Chair of ASME’s Electronics and Photonics Division. Dr. Yogendra Joshi is the John M. McKenney and Warren D. Shiver Distinguished Chair in Building Mechanical Systems, The George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Tech.
Friday 8th of November 2013
Yayu "Monica" Hew, a 2013 UTA aerospace engineering graduate, is one of Aviation Week's "Twenty20s", the magazine announced October 31.The Twenty20s are Aviation Week's newest awards, produced in partnership with Raytheon, and recognize top engineering, math, science and technology students. The program connects the next generation of aerospace and defense talent with established leaders who have created many of the "firsts" driving innovation in the 21st century, according to a news release announcing the winners.
"With the Twenty20 awards, Aviation Week seeks to identify students who are already making a difference, through their academic performance, the projects and research they undertake, and their engagement with the world beyond their classrooms," Greg Hamilton, Aviation Week president, explained.
Hew is pursuing her master's degree in aerospace engineering at Stanford University. She will be honored during Aviation Week's annual Aerospace & Defense Programs Conference on November 14 in Phoenix, AZ.
Monica is back with UTA’s NASA parabolic flight campaign team (Erica Castillo (AE), Monica Hew (AE), Austin Mears (AE), Jun Yao (ME PhD) and Fernando Leal-Arizpe (Psychology PhD)), getting ready to fly the wireless strain sensing experiment developed in Dr. Huang’s lab. The flight campaign, cancelled earlier due to the government shutdown, is resuming during the week of Nov 18-22. Dr. Ben Harris is accompanying the team.
Friday 11th of October 2013
Congratulations to Dr. Frank Lu and his former advisee, Nathan Dunn,for the issuance of the subject patent on October 1, 2013. Nathan graduated with BS in AE in 2010 and works currently for Aerojet. Their patent is for a continuous detonation wave engine (CDWE).
Conventional heat engines typically derive power primarily from a type of combustion known as deflagration. However, in recent years, researchers have attempted to design engines that derive power primarily from detonation, rather than deflagration. Such engines are known as detonation engines.
An example embodiment includes a generally annular combustion chamber dimensioned to allow a fuel mixture to detonate, a mixing chamber, and a fuel mixture channel that provides for fluid communication between the mixing chamber and the combustion chamber. At least part of the fuel mixture channel features a quenching structure dimensioned to substantially prevent detonation from spreading from the combustion chamber via the fuel mixture channel to the mixing chamber.
Monday 30th of September 2013
Congratulations to Ms. Ezgihan Baydar, and her Advisor Prof. Frank Lu, for being awarded a NASA Harriet G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship. This 3-year fellowship provides $135k in funding and includes summer internships at NASA GRC and tuition payment of up to $10k/year.
As undergraduate, Ms. Baydar was awarded an Undergraduate Research opportunity Program (UROP) in Spring 2012 to pursue research in modeling of shock/turbulence interaction under the supervision of Prof. Lu. Her research was subsequently selected for presentation, among other venues, at our Industry Advisory Board meeting.
Thursday 5th of September 2013
Monica Hew (aerospace engineering '13) leads a team consisting of Erica Castillo (aerospace engineering '13), Fernando Leal-Arizpe (psychology graduate student), Austin Mears (mechanical engineering junior) and Jun Yao, (electrical engineering graduate student testing a Wireless Strain Sensing System in Space Application. The tests will be conducted in four flights scheduled for Thursday, September 25 through Friday, October 4, in Houston. They will be performed in a NASA zero-gravity flight. The principal investigators for the project are Associate Professor Haiying Huang and Assistant Professor Ben Harris of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. Read more about this project.
Monday 12th of August 2013
Ms. Wendy Okolo, Prof. Dogan Advisor, has been awarded the AIAA John Leland Atwood Graduate Award. The award underscores her active engagement in promising research and will be celebrated at the AIAA SciTech 2014 Awards luncheon. Wendy will also be recognized by the Tarrant County Commissioner’s Office on August 20 for her exceptional accomplishments. A Resolution of Commendation will be issued in her honor.
The Leland Award, sponsored by endowments from Rockwell and Boeing North America, Inc., and named in memory of John Leland “Lee” Atwood, former chief executive officer of Rockwell, North American, is presented to a student actively engaged in research in the areas covered by the technical committees of AIAA. For further information, see https://www.aiaa.org/SecondaryTwoColumn.aspx?id=18469.
Wednesday 17th of July 2013
UTA’s Aerospace Vehicle Design (AVD) Laboratory has been contributing to a national DARPA/NASA study from 2010 – 2011 titled Manned Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) Servicing Study. The final report has been recently published as NASA SP-2012-598, 2011.
The Manned GEO Servicing (MGS) Study team was chartered to provide recommendations for technology investments that would enable astronauts to perform on-orbit servicing of GEO satellites. The goal of this study was to examine the capabilities required to extend human servicing capabilities to GEO and to identify areas of investment to realize these capabilities. The MGS Study team was accountable to stakeholders who included the NASA Chief Technologist and the NASA Associate Administrator for the Space Operations Mission Directorate (SOMD). The study team was composed of representatives from various NASA Centers, representatives from organizations that traditionally support the Department of Defense, and academia.
UTA MAE’s AVD Laboratory formally supported TEAM 2: CREW TRANSPORTATION. The dedicated AVD Lab architecture planning and system integration capability directly contributed to Team 2 Lead Jeff Cerro/NASA LaRC and the overall Study Project Manager David Moyer/NASA HQ.
Tuesday 4th of June 2013
Bernd Chudoba, Associate Professor in MAE , was awarded the Most Valuable Faculty Award in Recognition of Outstanding Service to the Graduating Class of 2013!
Thursday 23rd of May 2013
The University of Texas at Arlington has recently created the Advanced Materials and Structures Lab (AMSL) under the leadership of Professor Andrew Makeev. AMSL is becoming a focal, world class organization with a critical mass of researchers empowered by state-of-the-art facilities. He, his team at UT Arlington and a team at Bell are working on an ONR project, "Integration of Design and Manufacturing Processes to Improve Performance of Composites".
In addition to the ONR program, AMSL researchers are working on a number of projects in materials and structures. In particular, Professor Makeev represents the UT Arlington in the Vertical Lift Consortium, a national organization comprised of the U.S. rotorcraft industry and academic institutions involved in the vertical lift aircraft research with the common goal of providing long-term advancement of rotorcraft. He leads the Advanced Materials Technology Research at VLC and participates in a number of other VLC efforts including the durability and damage tolerance and the condition based maintenance technology. Professor Makeev also represents UT Arlington in the Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence, a multi-university organization funded by the U.S. Army to conduct fundamental research in the rotorcraft areas.
For more information, please see http://www.uta.edu/mae/AMSL/
Tuesday 21st of May 2013
MAE student, Eric Haney has been selected as a NASA/Texas Space Grant Consortium Fellow for the 2013-2014 academic year! This scholarship is intended to recognize high-quality students and encourage their consideration of graduate studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields which will ultimately lead to careers in STEM related fields. Congratulations Eric!
Tuesday 14th of May 2013
Dr. Makeev is leading a research team from UTA and Bell Helicopter working in the newly created Advanced Materials and Structures Lab (AMSL). The Office of Navel Research project is focusing on "Integration of Design and Manufacturing Processes to Improve Performance of Composites". To read more about this exciting research see: http://www.uta.edu/mae/AMSL/.
Thursday 25th of April 2013
Mr. Chris Abrego has been selected as a 2013 NASA Summer Intern in the Applied Physics Lab at John Hopkins University. Chris' adviser is Panos Shiakolas, Ph.D. Chris will be working on the Solar Probe Plus mission to send a spacecraft closer to the sun than any previous mission. For more information see https://www.aplapp.com/showProject.jsp?groupId=Project-7-10653
Monday 15th of April 2013
Mr. Joshua Sidin and Mr. Andrew Maddox have been selected to receive the Carolyn A. Barros Service-Learning Award. In response to Jeb Bush’s education challenge at his Maverick Series speakers address, they created a tutoring program for at risk pre-college students. Andrew, a veteran who served in Iraq, is graduating this Spring and is heading to the Navy Pilot School. Josh is graduating this Spring, as well. He has accepted an offer with Lockheed Martin and will pursue his MS at UTA.
Their proactive outreach is uplifting and speaks volumes of our MAE students’ community engagement and caring.
Monday 15th of April 2013
Dr. Jain will join a team investigating aircraft energy management for the summer. His research will hopeful be the beginning of a long-term research collaboration between UT Arlington and AFRL!
Wednesday 10th of April 2013
Elijah Stevens, a junior majoring in Mechanical Engineering, has been selected as a 2013 Goldwater Scholar, only the second UT Arlington student to receive this prestigious award. As a sophomore Elijah has developed a particular interest in analytical and experimental advanced materials research, joining Dr. Stefan Dancila’s research group working in the Ultra High Temperature Materials Characterization Laboratory. Under Dr. Dancila’s guidance and mentorship he has worked on a research project focused on the thermo-mechanical and non-destructive characterization of Thermal Protection Systems (TPS) carbon-carbon composite materials, a key technology for the advancement of hypersonic flight. TPS materials research represents the forefront of aerospace materials and structural research, a topic of great importance for national defense, space exploration, and hypersonic flight that may enable a five-fold reduction in flight time.
“Mr. Stevens is an outstanding student demonstrating a remarkable maturity level. I am impressed by his intelligent questions and remarks, his natural curiosity and the desire to learn and understand. He is a quick, focused learner and has demonstrated a positive attitude and enthusiasm, which will serve him well in his future endeavors as a student and scientist/engineer,” Dr. Dancila said.
With Dr. Dancila’s recommendation, Mr. Stevens applied and was selected for the Summer 2012 NASA Academy Program, allowing him to continue to expand his research horizons at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. The experience provided him with further motivation for research, and focused his interest on the related field of rocket nozzle structures and gas dynamics, and turbo-machinery.
As he enters his final year of undergraduate study, Stevens’ aspiration is to pursue a master’s degree and then enter the private space industry and engaged in Rocket Propulsion research. “I would also like to become a mentor who would challenge my mentees to engineer a safe and prosperous future by using their talent to the fullest” he added. “Winning the Goldwater Scholarship not only will help me financially, it is also recognition of the quality education and mentoring I am receiving here at UTA”.
Prior to coming to UT Arlington, Stevens served in the U.S. Army where he was deployed to Iraq. “I experienced in the Army how engineering ingenuity kept me and my fellow service members safe” Elijah said. “My Service in the Army provides me with additional perspective to rise up to the modern engineering challenges we now face and hopefully, in so facing, improve our intellectual horizons and livelihoods” he added.
In addition to Dancila, who Stevens credits for giving him his first experience doing real research and opening his mind to cutting edge technology, Dr. Mahera Philobos, Assistant Provost at UTA, was the person who brought the scholarship to his attention. “Dr. Philobos’s encouragement and support throughout the application process was invaluable to me” he said.
“Because of his academic accomplishment and his excellent research experiences, Elijah was nominated and was selected for the 2013 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. He embodies the essence of dedication and commitment to the field of engineering and represents the best of UTA and the broader community” Dr. Philobos said. “Elijah is one of the most impressive and capable students I have ever met. He has enormous potential to make exceptional contributions as a ‘change-agent’ in this world, excelling in any endeavor he undertakes” she added.
College of Engineering Dean J.P. Bardet was thrilled to hear of Stevens’s accomplishment. “The Goldwater Scholarship is presented to the best students in the country, and Elijah represents the high caliber of students we work with every day in the College of Engineering. His determination and hard work have led to this award, and we are proud to have him as a student,” he said.
Congress established the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program in 1986 in honor of the former U.S. senator from Arizona and 1964 presidential candidate. The program’s goal is to encourage a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians and engineers by awarding scholarships in the fields. The scholarship is awarded to about 300 college sophomores and juniors nationwide. A maximum of $7,500 per academic year is granted.