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AEM PhD program placed fourth in nation

The Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics’ aerospace engineering doctoral program has been placed fourth in the nation overall in the recently released 2010 National Research Council (NRC) Assessment of Doctoral Research Programs. The program was second in the specific categories of Research Activity and Student Support. Read more.


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AEM Hosts the MN ACE Camp

This year was the third time that Professor Mettler and her students hosted the MN ACE (Aviation Career Education) Camp (visit the website here). The MN ACE Camp is available to high-school students (sophomore-seniors) interested in learning more about the aerospace community (i.e., pilots, researchers, air traffic controllers, etc). During the week-long camp the students get a broad overview of aviation related activities in the Twin Cities area. They typically have the opportunity to fly a helicopter and a glider, visit a variety of different types of airplanes and helicopters, visit several aerospace companies in MN to learn about their work, and much more. This year, the camp's visit to the U of M campus takes place on two separate days - June 27 and July 25, 2014. More Info

Richard James wins the Theodore von Kármán prize

Professor Richard James receives the Theodore von Kármán Prize from the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). This prize, awarded once every 5 years, celebrates a "notable application of mathematics to mechanics and/or the engineering sciences made during the five to ten years preceding the award". James shares the award with Weinan E from Princeton University. The prize will be awarded on Tuesday, July 8, at the SIAM annual meeting in Chicago.
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Fluid Dynamics Study of Oceanic Organisms in Antarctica

Dr. Deepak Adhikari - an University of Minnesota Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics graduate - recently set out on a post-doctoral research expedition in Antarctica in order to study how fluid dynamics of swimming organisms provide early warning on ocean acidification.
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An Airborne Experimental Test Platform

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are aircraft that fly without a human operator onboard. More popularly, they are referred to as "drones". There are many different applications for an UAV, including military and law enforcement, environmental monitoring, forestry surveys, precision agriculture, and transportation infrastructure inspection, among others. However, avionics development and testing is the area in which the University of Minnesota UAV Research Group (UMN-URG) is exploring.
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Aerospace News
Date Item
2014-7-28 Astronauts Simulate Deep-Space Mission in Underwater Lab
2014-7-24 Spacex Soft Lands Falcon 9 Rocket First Stage
2014-7-21 "One small step" into history, 45 years later
2014-7-21 Lunar Pits Could Shelter Astronauts, Reveal Details of How 'Man in the Moon' Formed
2014-7-15 Mark Your Calendars: In A Year, We'll Arrive At Pluto
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Last Modified: 2014-07-28 at 11:12:49 -- this is in International Standard Date and Time Notation