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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.
Tuesday 9th of April 2013
The UTA MAE AERO-MAVERICKS ROCKET DIVISION traveled to Culpeper, VA this past Saturday to participate in the annual Battle of the Rockets competition.
A team of twelve dedicated ROCKET DIVISION members arrived at the launch site with two minivans, a mobile workshop, and a suite of uniquely crafted rockets-landers-rovers designed and built throughout the year. Last Saturday, this great team demonstrated the true spirit & proficiency of the UTA MAE Rocket Scientist by placing:
- 1st Place Target Altitude Event
- 1st Place Planetary Rover Event
The Right Stuff has been orchestrated by AE students Elizabeth Blaiszik (President Aero Mavericks) and Marcos Resendiz (Rocket Division Chief Engineer). The real stuff has seen implementation via a vibrant team able to define a competition focus, willing to align the academic and personal growing towards a unique learning experience, proficient to ready hardware and a mindset in time for the competition, finally representing the UTA MAE Rocket Mavericks spirit in a public setting. Aero Mavericks, the world is your oyster!
More information about the Battle of the Rockets
Friday 5th of April 2013
Professor Kent Lawrence will be honored on Thursday for his 50 years of service at UT Arlington. For the complete story in the UTA Shorthorn, please click here
Thursday 4th of April 2013
Ms. Monica Hew, our most decorated undergraduate student thus far won the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES) symposium's Undergraduate Sustainability Award and First Place in the Undergraduate Afternoon Oral presentation. Her Faculty Adviser is Prof. Haiying Huang! Monica has accepted a scholarship to pursue a PhD at Stanford.
The ACES symposium is a university-wide, daylong event that occurs in late March. ACES showcases the best of our students' research and creativity. Undergraduate and graduate students work with faculty mentors in their disciplines to write and submit abstracts for the competition. The approved abstracts are then turned into oral presentations or posters to be presented at the symposium.
MAE Graduate Student Selected to Participate in NASA Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars Program!
Thursday 4th of April 2013
Graduate student Eric Haney has been selected to participate in NASA Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars (LARSS) program this summer. The project he will work on is investigating alternate hypersonic vehicle concepts and missions. Eric is advised by Bernd Chubdoba, Ph.D.
Location: NASA Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars Program!
Wednesday 3rd of April 2013
Aerospace engineering graduate student, Laura Henderson, has been awarded the prestigious Amelia Earhart Fellowship for the second year in a row. She is advised by Kamesh Subbarao, Ph.D.
The Amelia Earhart Fellowship program helps talented women, pursuing advanced studies in the typically male-dominated fields of aerospace-related sciences and engineering, achieve their educational goals. The Fellowship enables these women to invest in state-of-the-art computers to conduct their research, purchase expensive books and resource materials, and participate in specialized studies around the globe. Amelia Earhart Fellows have gone on to become astronauts, aerospace engineers, astronomers, professors, geologists, business owners, heads of companies, even Secretary of the US Air Force.
Friday 29th of March 2013
SAE International announces that Dr. Robert L. (Bob) Woods, professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington, has won the SAE Excellence in Engineering Education Award. Dr. Woods will receive the award during the Awards Ceremony at the SAE 2013 World Congress in Detroit. The Awards Ceremony will be held Tuesday, April 16.
This annual award recognizes outstanding contributions made by an individual toward activities related to the SAE Education Board, including the promotion of SAE student activities at the international or local levels, contributions that advance engineering education, contributions in support of the SAE Collegiate Design competitions, and the promotion of educational related activities at any level.
Bob’s quality mentorship is paralleled by the number of teams he advised: 67 in Baja SAE™, Formula SAE™, Formula Hybrid, Hybrid Electric Vehicle, and compressed natural gas Vehicle competitions.
What a superb recognition for Bob, MAE and UTA! We join generations of students in proudly sharing this acknowledgment!
Tuesday 19th of March 2013
The UTA MAE AERO-MAVERICKS consist of two divisions: (A) ROCKET DIVISION and (B) FIXED-WING DIVISION. The Rocket Division has been in existence for years scoring high in competitions. The Fixed-Wing Division has been formally formed in late September 2012 with the goal of providing MAE students aeronautics design-build-fly experience.
The design & construction of the AM-1 (Aero Mavs 1) started in October 2012 with an enthusiastic team headed by AE student Jerry Howell. Jerry has been pragmatically managing a group of novice RC model builders through a 5-month short course in design, report writing, ground & flight testing, and first SAE Aero Design competition exposure. This is the story of a team bypassing all expectations in rapid & quality learning.
This Spring Break has been dedicated to flight testing and readying the AM-1 for last weekend’s competition. In a nutshell, the AM-1 has been crashing during a competition run due to wing flutter (structural weakness identified in high-speed winds and gusts at airfield). The Aero Mavs Team decided to rebuild & improve the AM-1 during an all-night shift for the second competition flight. This dedication even surprised the SAE Aero Design organizers. This night-shift design iteration produced an AM-1 delivering flawless flying qualities. A high idle-thrust setting resulted in the plane veering off the runway with one wheel during the final competition flight.
Despite having barely missed a high score in this first international SAE Aero Design competition, the team’s goal of successfully engineering a flight vehicle in a team-environment has been far exceeded. Being the Aero Mavs academic advisor, both Aero Mavs divisions present The Right Stuff. Goal is to grow the AE Aero Mavericks in analogy to the successful ME Formula SAE racecar team activity headed by Dr. Woods. With the Aero Mavs having reached true critical mass, the following actions will formalize the Aero Mavericks setting aimed at representing UTA MAE quality aerospace education nationally & internationally:
- Aero Mavericks lab facility organization;
- Aero Mavericks webpage;
- Aero Mavericks sponsor & funds raising activities;
- Aero Mavericks competition planning.
2013 SAE Aero Design competition results:
Aero Mavs: 10th in Design (Design Report Score)!!!, 26th in Oral Presentation, 28th overall. 39 teams total.
Here are links to the videos as well.
AM-1 Maiden Flight: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMe4-p7t1wM
AM-1 Third Flight: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkq4QSdQzWs
Competition Crash: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2InidW7B6k
Competition Run http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RRsfcveQwY
Friday 8th of March 2013
Dr. Haji-Sheikh, Dr. Huang, Dr. Michael, Dr. Moon, Dr. Nomura, Dr. Shiakolas, Dr. Subbarao and Dr. Wilson were nominated for the 2012-13 Outstanding Academic Advisor award. They will be recognized at the UTAAA luncheon in April. These nomiations underscores the positive impact this overwhelming group of colleagues has made on the academic lives of our students!
Friday 22nd of February 2013
Mr. Emmanuel Fierro, currently completing his Masters degree under the supervision of Professor Kent Lawrence, was recognized as the “ASME North Texas Section 2013 Young Engineer of the Year” at the 2013 Engineers Week Awards Banquet on February 21. The Young Engineer of the Year Award recognizes both significant accomplishments and potential in the field of mechanical engineering.
Alumnus Emmanuel Fierro, BSME (With Honors in 2008), is a Production Support, Test, Design and Analysis Engineer for Raytheon. Mr. Fierro has received several Individual Achievement Awards through Raytheon and was part of a group which received an Excellence in Quality Award. He also has a pending patent for an optical mount.
MAE is proud of his accomplishment!
Tuesday 19th of February 2013
One of our MAE Senior Design Project teams, under the guidance of Mr. Nicholas Schroeder, Facilities Engineer w/UT Arlington’s Office of Facilities Management, and Professor Dereje Agonafer were recognized with the “Rising Star 2012 Student Design Project Competition HVAC System Design” (4th Place Award) by ASHRAE. Members of the team were Jahed Ahmed, Ben Engstrom, Paul Hudlow, and Omar Rosales. (all BSME 2012) Their project focus was the Chicago Library Renovation. Mr. Schroeder states "Considering UT Arlington does not offer any HVAC-specific curriculum and yet competes against universities with entire degree programs focused on facilities design, their accomplishment is particularly impressive!" We think so too! Congratulations team!
For more information see: ASHRAE Student Design Competition