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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 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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Math and Science Family Fun Fair: Saturday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. the Math and Science Family Fun Fair will be held in Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave. S.E., Mpls. More than 35 interactive science and engineering exhibits for kids of all ages. Physics Force shows, Energy and U shows, The Solar System in 3D, Robots, projects to make and much more!

 More details here.


Photo credit: NASA photo/Lauren Hughes

NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center’s third Prandtl-D aircraft made a serious of successful test flights on October 28, 2015. The next step for the Prandtl-D is the inclusion of a University of Minnesota-developed data collection system known as "Goldy". Goldy is a small UAV flight control system developed by the University of Minnesota UAV LaboratoryMore details here.

Undergraduates Attend Annual Career Panel Event

There was a full house in the Gary J. Balas Atrium on Tuesday, November 9th, as undergraduate students came to get career and job search advice from AEM alumni working in industry. John Weyrauch, AEM Professor of Design and formerly with ATK Company, moderated the Career Panel. The Career Panel included Alexandra Naughton of Boston Scientific Corporation, Scott Peterson of Orbital ATK, Bill Kunik of UTC Aerospace Systems, and William Lentsch of Delta Air Lines and Eric Snustad of Fredrickson & Byron, PA. More details & photos here.

NASA developing Prandtl-D, including UMN-developed data collection system


Photo credit: NASA photo/Tom Tschida

NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center engineers are working on an aircraft called the Preliminary Research Aerodynamic Design to Lower Drag, or Prandtl-D, which resembles a boomerang and could lead to an 11-percent reduction in fuel consumption. The third Prandtl-D aircraft, measuring 25 feet, is expected to fly in late 2015 with more than double the wingspan of earlier versions. This third Prandtl-D aircraft also includes the addition of a University of Minnesota-developed off-the-shelf data collection system known as "Goldy". Goldy is a small UAV flight control system developed by the University of Minnesota UAV Laboratory. More details here.
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U of MN Solar Vehicle Project - in 5th place of World Solar Challenge

The U of MN was the only U.S. team in the Cruiser Class of the World Solar Challenge. They finished in 5th place. More details here.

Prof. Emeritus Jerry Ericksen Symposium Celebrates his 90th Birthday

Professor Emeritus Jerry Ericksen will celebrate his 90th birthday at a symposium in Eugene, Oregon on October 23-25, 2015. The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications workshop is called "Mathematics and Mechanics in the 22nd Century: Seven Decades and Counting." More details here.

Aerospace News
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2015-11-25 Jeff Bezos sticks rocket landing, stakes claim in billionaires’ space race Cool Video!
2015-11-24 Gravity will rip Martian moon apart to form dust and rubble ring
2015-11-23 Will this European satellite confirm Einstein’s last unproven idea?
2015-11-23 Nasa signs first contracts with SpaceX for manned commercial spaceflight
2015-11-19 How property rights in outer space may lead to a scramble to exploit the moon’s resources
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