AEM department holds Open House
The AEM Department held an Open House Reception on Tuesday, August 14, from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Open House guests included AEM faculty, graduate students, staff, friends of the department, and attendees of the AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, held in Downtown Minneapolis on August 13-16. Several conference participants commented that they appreciated the invitation to the University while the conference was in town.
The Open House included tours of several research labs and areas, including the wind tunnels and the turbulent water channel/flying PIV system. Research posters and aircraft from the UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) lab were also on display. Several attendees remarked about how happy they were to hear about the research and undergraduate education taking place in the department.
“It was great talking to people about some of our hardware, and it was nice to have a visual aid right there,” said Andrei Dorobantu, an AEM graduate student and project lead for the UAV lab. “Our hardware infrastructure is really well developed, so we talked about that too and weren’t just looking at the planes. The capability and strength of our UAVs is really cool.”
The event also served as an opportunity for the department to showcase the recently remodeled hangar space. Many alumni who attended the event were very impressed by the transformation of the Akerman Hall hangar as well as the Akerman Hall building as a whole.
One alum who attended the event, Vibhor Bageshwar, commented on the increased utility of the hangar. Bageshwar received a PhD from the AEM department in 2008 and is currently a Research Scientist at Honeywell.
“[The renovation] certainly opened up the space and made the hangar a lot more useful than it used to be when I was a student,” Bageshwar said. “Overall, I thought this was a great event bringing student together with alumni and conference attendees.”
|Open house attendees mingle and enjoy refreshments.||Open house attendees congregate near table displaying UAVs.|