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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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Precision farming targets major threat to soybean crops

Professor Demoz Gebre-Egziabher is the lead PI along with a team of other University of Minnesota researchers in developing high-tech robotics, sensors and modeling software to give farmers a faster and more efficient way to monitor crops for invasive soybean aphids and to guide them in applying pesticides. More Info

Agriculture could be biggest user of commercial drones

This article in the Star Tribune discusses the use of UAVs in agriculture for detecting pests, monitoring hydration and growth rates, scan crops for health problems and locate disease problems. The article mentions among other U of MN faculty, our own Dr. Hamid Mokhtarzadeh. More Info

EDL Sr Design Team takes 3rd Place in Competition of 16 Colleges

The AEM 4333 Mars Entry, Descent, and Landing (EDL) senior design team took part in the NASA RASC_AL collegiate design and innovation challenge. The design team members are: Clayton Lewis, Team Lead: Bryce Doerr; Kee Onn Fong; Zach Fox; Wei Sien Goh; Jake Hergert; Chun Kiang Lau; Robert Michalak; Kok Tong Ng and Eric Pollpeter. The competition consisted of 16 college teams including 13 teams of undergraduates and 3 teams of graduate students. Competing colleges included: University of Maryland, Embry-Riddell, University of Colorado, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Harvard, USC, UC Davis, West Virginia State, University of Texas, University of Illinois, Penn State, and Drexel University. The competition was split into four different categories. The AEM design team was in the Large Scale Mars Entry, Descent, and Landing (EDL) Pathfinder Mission. More Info

AEM Researchers "Break the Rules"

AEM Professor Richard James wrote commentary articles recently in Nature and Science that relate closely to research carried out in AEM over the past few years. These articles both concern the perplexing problem of understanding hysteresis in materials. More Info

2014-2015 Space Grant Midwest Rocketry Competition

NASA’s MN Space Grant, led from the AEM Department, and Tripoli MN, a high-power rocketry club, collaborated to run the 2014-2015 Space Grant Midwest Rocketry Competition on May 19 and 20, 2015. In this competition teams of college students from around the nation designed, built, and flew high-power rockets to accomplish specific goals. Students gave oral presentations about their rocket designs in on May 19 then flew their rockets at the Tripoli launch site near North Branch on May 20. More Info


Aerospace News
Date Item
2015-7-28 Virgin Galactic (SpaceShipTwo) crash blamed on human error and Poor Pilot Training Blamed for Virgin Galactic Crash
2015-7-28 Voyager’s golden record for aliens now available on soundcloud
2015-7-28 German scientists confirm NASA results of propellantless 'impossible' EM drive
2015-7-24 Earth 2.0: Nasa says scientists have found 'closest twin' outside solar system
2015-7-23 Space travel thins your skin
2015-7-23 Soyuz capsule docks with International Space Station after two-month delay
2015-7-22 Stephen Hawking launches $100m search for alien life beyond solar system
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Last Modified: 2015-07-30 at 14:08:42 -- this is in International Standard Date and Time Notation