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AEM Spotlight features the stories of students, faculty, and alumni from the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Minnesota.

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2018-6-28 The RASC-AL Senior Design team received first place in their theme category at the 2018 RASC-AL Forum. More informaiton here.
2018-6-18 The Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics department is pleased to introduce Ashley Bucsek and Robyn Macdonald as recipients of the prestigious President's Postdoctoral Fellowship. More information here.
2018-6-15 The technology company, Seagate, made a generous donation to the AEM department. More information here.
2018-6-12 Professor Ryan Elliott and Professor Thomas Schwartzentruber were recently promoted from Associate Professor to Professor. More information here.
2018-5-30 Professor Richard James will be presenting a lecture, 'Atomistically Inspired Origami,' with Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures - Hooke Lecture on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. CDT. More information here.
2018-5-29 Professor Krishnan Mahesh is leading a diverse team of researchers from the U. Minnesota, Caltech, UC Santa Barbara, U. Iowa, U. Michigan, MIT, Johns Hopkins and Australian Maritime College on a project supported by the Office of Naval Research under the 2017 MURI Program. More information here.
2018-5-17 AEM Ph.D. Candidates Receive John & Jane Dunning Copper Fellowship. More information here.
2018-5-8 EM Alumnus, Ajit Roy was recently named an AFRL Fellow. More information here. A
2018-5-4 Two Department of Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics graduate students, Narendra Singh and Joel Runnels, have been awarded the 2018-19 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships. Read more here.
2018-5-3 Bruce R. White has passed away on April 25, 2018 at the age of 69 after a brief illness. White obtained his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1971 and 1972. More information here.
2018-5-1 Doctoral student, Yi Hui Tee has received the Amelia Earhart Fellowship. More information here.
2018-5-1 The Liquid Propelled Rocket Design (LPRD) team at the University of Minnesota is working on a new approach to creating a rocket engine. What started off as a research and development project, has turned into a full scale design project with the goal of firing a liquid powered rocket engine. More information here.
2018-4-26 The BAEM Precommencement Reception will be held on May 11th @ 4-6pm in the Gary J. Balas Atrium. More information here.
2018-3-14 Join us on Monday, April 30, for a special lecture by Colonel Pamela Melroy, USAF Ret. and former NASA Astronaut, for CSE students and faculty about her background, experiences with USAF and NASA and answer questions. More information here.
2018-3-14 Professor Filippo Coletti will be speaking at CSE's new Curiosity Drives Progress Lecture Series on March 22. More information here.
2018-3-6 AEM Alumnus, Dale Enns, has been awarded the 2018 Honeywell Lifetime Achievement Award. More information here.
2018-2-8 Duane "Digger" Carey visited AEM for a guest lecture on Feb 6, 2018. More information here.
2018-2-2 Professor Filippo Coletti was recently named a 2018-2020 McKnight Land-Grant Professor. More information here.
2018-1-30 Members of one Minnesota's Women in Aviation International chapters, Stars of the North, will be visiting AEM in Balas Atrium on Monday, February 5 from 4:30-5:30. All CSE students are welcome to come and learn about the program and how to get involved. More information here.
2018-1-8 AEM senior design students chose and developed projects during the fall semester with the help of faculty and sponsors. More information here.
2017-12-21 One of this semester's senior design teams, Asteroid Deflection Team 2, entered their project in the Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) EAP University Grant Competition and received second place for the fall competition. More information here.
2017-12-20 University of Minnesota student members of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) are currently in the process of preparing for AIAA's Design, Build, Fly competition that will be held April 19-22, 2018, in Wichita, Kansas. More information here.
2017-12-19 Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics Professor Graham Candler will be giving the distinguished Dryden Lecture in Research at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Science and Technology Forum and Exposition, also known as the AIAA SciTech Forum. More information here.
2017-12-11 Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics first-year students from AEM 1805: Introduction to Spaceflight and Stratospheric Ballooning, will be showcasing projects they have been working on during their first semester here at the University of Minnesota on December 12, 2017. More information here.
2017-12-8 Michael Kroells, Ph.D. candidate, was awarded a one-year College of Science and Engineering (CSE) Fellowship Award. More information here.
2017-12-1 Students of the University of Minnesota's EXACT program are building a shoebox-sized x-ray telescope to study solar flares. More information here.
2017-11-15 Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics alumnus Ramesh Agarwal recently received an honorary membership from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in recognition of his lifetime achievements. More information here.
2017-11-13 Associate Professor Ryan S. Elliott was named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He is one of a select number of 3,521 who have attained the grade of Fellow among over 106,993 members. More information here.
2017-11-10 The University of Minnesota's Rocket Team won the Bayer-Big Ten Alka-Rocket Challenge which was held on November 8, 2017. More information here.
2017-11-6 Daniel Miller, a Ph.D. candidate, was awarded the two-year College of Science and Engineering (CSE) Fellowship Award from the University of Minnesota. More information here.
2017-11-1 The Deparment of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics held their annual career panel on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 in the Gary J. Balas Atrium. More information here.
2017-10-16 Professor Richard James gave the Timoshenko Lecture on October 12, 2017 at Stanford University. More information here.
2017-10-13 AEM assistant professor Richard Linares was recently awarded the Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). More information here.
2017-9-29 Professor Maziar Hemati distinguished as AIAA Senior Member. More information here.
2017-9-29 This academic year, twenty-three Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics (AEM) students were awarded undergraduate scholarships and five graduate students were awarded fellowships based on their financial needs and academic merit. More information here.
2017-09-08 Dr. Ronald Gibson, class of 1975, details his long career and plans for his "second retirement". More information here.
2017-09-05 Professor Filippo Coletti was recently awarded two grants from the U.S. Department of Defense to study air turbulence. More information here.
2017-08-30 Stratospheric Ballooning Team captures video of the solar eclipse. More information here.
2017-08-22 CubeSat Team participates in 2017 SmallSat Conference. More information here.
2017-08-09 UMN Stratospheric Ballooning team sets a new record by launching their weather balloon high into the sky. More information here.
2017-08-03 A partnership between CSE and Girls Inc. at the YWCA offers middle school students the opportunity to visualize themselves as scientists and engineers. More information here.
2017-08-03 AEM students prepare to livestream the solar eclipse of August 21, 2017. Learn more.
2017-07-20 Richard James will give a lecture on his group's work on the design of materials at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. More information here.
2017-07-13 On July 6, 2017 a group of middle school girls joined members of the University of Minnesota Stratospheric Ballooning team to take on the challenge of building and test dropping parachutes. More information here.
2017-07-05 A collaboration between the University of Arizona and the University of Minnesota has resulted in a unique solution to the orbital debris problem; an optical telescope with the ability to track space debris and satellites. More information here.
2017-06-23 The University of Minnesota Stratospheric Ballooning Team prepares to launch high altitude balloon flights into the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. The students are working in collaboration with NASA and 57 other ballooning teams across the nation. More information here.
2017-06-20 Department Alumnus, John Copper passed away on May 24, 2017. He received his Aeronautical Engineering degree from the University of Minnesota in 1957. Read his obituary here.
2017-06-13 AEM Professor, Richard Linares and a group of University of Minnesota students build an innovative telescope that transforms the way space debris are tracked now and in the future. More information here.
2017-06-13 An AEM Senior Design Team participated in Airlock Design theme of the RASC_AL design competition. More information here.
2017-06-12 Faculty member Demoz Gebre-Egziabher has recently been promoted from Associate Professor to Professor, which becomes effective the beginning of Fall Semester 2017. More information here.
2017-06-09 The University of Minnesota Ballooning team works with local pre-college students to build and fly spacecraft-like payloads into the stratosphere. More information here.
2017-05-26 The MN Space Grant Consortium sponsored Stratospheric Ballooning team is preparing to fly their balloons during the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. More information about the event and what you can do to help here.
2017-05-26 AEM has awarded three Ph.D. candidates the John and Jane Dunning Copper Fellowship. The fellowship is awarded to students who have an outstanding academic record and who demonstrate a strong aptitude in their field of study. More information here.
2017-05-24 Students in the AEM all-freshman course, "Introduction to CubeSats," spent their spring semester designing, building, and flying devices that look and operate like functional picosatellites called CubeSats. More information here.
2017-05-22 AEM is proud to have eleven faculty members - Richard James, Ryan Elliott, Ellen Longmire, Demoz Gebre-Egziabher, Graham Candler, Filippo Coletti, Ellad Tadmor, Peter Seiler, Thomas Schwartzentruber, John Weyrauch, and Roger Fosdick - who have published books and chapters in books. More information here.
2017-05-19 Luci Baker, a graduate student in the AEM department, was awarded a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship from the Department of Defense. More information here.
2017-05-19 Mingjian Wen, a Ph.D. candidate in the AEM department, was awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year from the University of Minnesota. The Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship gives the University's most accomplished Ph.D. candidates the opportunity to devote full-time effort to writing and finalizing their dissertations during the fellowship year. More information here.
2017-05-16 Raghu Venkataraman, a Ph.D. candidate in the AEM department, was awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year from the University of Minnesota. The Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship gives the University's most accomplished Ph.D. candidates the opportunity to devote full-time effort to writing and finalizing their dissertations during the fellowship year. More information here.
2017-05-08 An AEM senior design team has been invited to present at the RASC_AL forum at the Kennedy Space Center on May 31st - June, 2017. More information here.
2017-04-21 Department Alumnus, James Winker has passed away. He received his Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics from the University of Minnesota in 1952. More information here.
2017-04-18 AEM Alumnus,Thomas Sontag, donates John D. Akerman's Flying Wing Blueprint. More information here.
2017-04-06 AEM Alumna, Katherine Glasheen, has received the National Science Foundation Fellowship. More information here.
2017-04-06 NASA's Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate, posted a video made by AEM students in his weekly "Science in Seconds" tweet. More information here.
2017-03-27 AEM senior design team participates in the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Aero Design West Competition. More information here.
2017-03-24 Professor Graham Candler has received the prestigious Dryden Lecture in Research Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). More information here.
2017-02-05 A senior design team was invited to attend the SAE Aero Design competition in Fort Worth, Texas on March 10-12, 2017. More information here.
2017-01-27 Bill Garrard retires as Director of NASA's MnSGC after 25 years. Bill was central to the MnSGC since it began in 1989. Read the story.
2017-01-16 AEM graduate and his lab are featured in Pioneer Press. ASTER Labs, headed by 1988 BAEM graduate, Suneel Sheikh, is making life easier for grandparents. Read the story.
2017-01-16 2016-2017 AEM senior design students chose and developed their projects fall semester with faculty and sponsor oversight and approval. Read more here.
2016-12-27 AEM alumnus, Captain Edelbert E. Irish has passed away. He received his master's degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1957. Read his obituary.
2016-12-19 AEM alumnus, Steve Cook, has been named to Trump's NASA Transition Team. Cook has been an aerospace executive at Dynetics in Huntsville, Alabama, and was a former NASA manager. Read more here.
2016-11-28 Interested in an opportunity with NASA? For information regarding NASA internship, fellowship, and co-op/job opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, click here.
2016-11-21 Jordan Hoyt, a graduate student in Professor Seiler's research group, was awarded the Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship. Read the story.
2016-11-21 The CSE Winter Light Show begins Dec. 2. The student-designed winter light show is bigger than ever, featuring 250,000 LED lights set to music. Show dates are Friday, Dec. 2, Saturday, Dec. 3, Thursday, Dec. 8, Friday, Dec. 9, & Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016.
2016-11-16 The College of Science Engineering is putting on Math and Science Fun Fair for people of all ages.The fair will include activites, exhibits, and presentations about various math and science subjects. Learn more here.
2016-10-17 The winning DSCC paper was authored by Postdoctoral Associate Dr. Daniel Ossmann, former Research Fellow Julian Theis, and Professor Peter Seiler. Learn more.
2016-10-17 Proto Labs worked with the LPRD team to manufacture the group's 3D-printed rocket engine. Read the team's post here, or the case study here.
2016-10-05 On October 26, 2016, a Career Panel and networking event will be held with aerospace professionals. Learn more.
2016-09-06 Pre-register now for largest-ever CSE Career Fair! More than 260 companies and organizations will attend the two-day fair on September 20th and 21st. Registration and more information here.
2016-08-31 Students: Explore your future career with an industry professional in the CSE Mentor Program. The program is open to all CSE sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Register by September 27 here.
2016-08-19 The AEM Department welcomes grad student & NSF Fellowship recipient, Jordan Hoyt. His interest in a very specific field of research was what led him to Minnesota. Read the story.
2016-08-19 Alumni and friends, sign up today to share your professional insight with a CSE student! Registration deadline is Friday, September 16. More information here.
2016-07-29 The Solar Vehicle Project raced their solar car in the Formula Sun Grand Prix July 26-28 and will race in the American Solar Challenge July 30-Aug 6. The team's vehicle is unique because it has doors & seats 2 people. They will not win, but they are participating with two goals: (1) to test the vehicle in multiple terrains to improve the next solar vehicle that the team will start working on this school year to race in the World Solar Challenge, and (2) to pave the way for practical, commercial solar vehicles in the future.
2016-07-11 The work of the University of Minnesota Flexible Aircraft (PAWW) program was highlighted in a recent article in Aviation Week, titled "Flexible, Slender, Active Wings Lie Ahead For Airliners". The PAWW program is working to develop a flexible wing for flight testing on the X-56 UAV, alongisde NASA, Aurora Flight Services, and Boeing. Read the story.
2016-07-05 The AEM Department is proud to announce that a senior design team from AEM 4333, the Scalable Lunar Ice Propellant Manufacture through Modularity team, took home a first place award at the NASA RASC_AL collegiate design and innovation challenge. See more.
2016-06-30 The University of Minnesota Rocket Team was one of 52 teams from around the world competing in the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC). The University of Minnesota Rocket Team is proud to announce that they received two awards at the IREC, for Team Spirit and First Place Payload, and finished 16th out of 44 teams competing in the basic competition category. Read more.
2016-06-15 The U Rocket Team is set to compete in the annual Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition from June 15-18 in Green River, Utah. Each year, the team designs its rockets in the fall and builds them throughout the spring semester. This year, the team's objective is to have its rockets reach 10,000 feet and be recoverable after the launch. Read the feature story.
2016-06-02 Frank David Werner Sr., a distinguished inventor and engineer, passed away on Saturday, May 7, at the age of 94. He received a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Read more.
2016-05-25 The Institute on the Environment's Renewable Electricity for Minnesota's Future grant program has awarded $717,360 each to four collaborative research initiatives, three of which feature a member of the Aerospace Engineering faculty. See more.
2016-05-24 On May 13, 2016, the AEM Department hosted a pre-commencement reception for the graduates of the class of 2016. To see pictures from the reception and of the senior design teams, visit our gallery.
2016-05-17 The 2016 Region V Student Conference was hosted by the Iowa State University student branch of AIAA in Ames, IA on April 6-8, 2016. AEM undergraduate student, Apurva Badithela submitted a presentation for the Community Outreach Category and won second place. Read more.
2016-05-16 Maninder Grover, a Ph.D. candidate in the AEM department, was awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year from the University of Minnesota. The Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship gives the University's most accomplished Ph.D. candidates the opportunity to devote full-time effort to writing and finalizing their dissertations during the fellowship year. See more.
2016-05-16 Sally Ann Keyes, Anubhav Dwivedi, and Ashin Dev Achambath have been awarded the 2015 - 2016 John A. & Jane Dunning Copper Fellowship in Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics in recognition of passing the Doctoral Written Preliminary Examination (WPE) with the three highest scores. See more about the recipients.
2016-04-25 Jinah Jeun, who is pursuing a doctoral degree in the AEM Department, has been awarded the 2016 Amelia Earhart Fellowship by Zonta International. The Amelia Earhart Fellowship was established in 1938 in honor of famed pilot and Zontian, Amelia Earhart. See more info.
2016-04-21 On Friday evening, April 15, and Saturday, April 16, NASA's MN Space Grant Consortium (MnSGC), which is led from the AEM Department, hosted the 2015-2016 MnSGC Community College Quadcopter Challenge. Eight student teams from five community colleges participated. Each team built an ELEV-8 quadcopter (AKA a drone flying platform) from a kit, then creatively outfitted it to address a list of challenge goals. More info.
2016-04-21 Industrial Professor of Design, John Weyrauch was awarded the Kershner Award by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The prestigious award was presented at the PLANS 2016 conference, which took place April 11-14 in Savannah, Georgia. See the story.
2016-04-18 Alec Petersen, a graduate student in the AEM Department, has been named as a recipient of a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. The NSF selects individuals for the prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) based on their proven potential to make significant contributions to science and engineering. See more info.
2016-04-18 Dr. Ronald J. Adrian, a distinguished graduate of the University of Minnesota, will be honored with a prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award from the University on May 17, 2016. The University of Minnesota presents Outstanding Achievement Awards to alumni and alumna who have attained "unusual distinction" and have demonstrated "outstanding achievement and leadership" in their respective field and community.See more info
2016-03-09 Michael Kroells, an undergraduate pursuing a aerospace engineering degree and a Gopher heavyweight wrestler, was recently featured in a news segment by KARE11. Kroells is known for a "brain as big as his brawn". See the story.
2016-02-29 Dr. Ajit K. Roy, of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, was recently named a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota AEM Department as a student of Professor Emeritus Robert Plunkett. See more info.
2016-02-22 Adam Creuziger, a 2002 graduate of the Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics department, was named by President Obama as one of the 2016 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. See more info.
2016-02-15 AEM alum Steve Cook was recently named a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). The AIAA confers Fellowships in recognition of “notable and valuable contributions to the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics and astronautics.” See more info.
2016-01-19 AIAA's Spotlight for January 2016 is pointed to the state of Minnesota, falling on Kristen Gerzina, an aeroballistician at Orbital ATK, and the chair of the AIAA Twin Cities Section. See more info.
2015-11-11 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.
2015-10-28 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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2015-10-21 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.
2015-09-30 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.
2015-09-23 We are pleased to announce that Professor Thomas Schwartzentruber has been named the Russell J. Penrose Faculty Fellow. This three-year term fellowship was set up by a generous gift from Russ Penrose to the AEM department. This fellowship is for an outstanding mid-career faculty member. More Info.
2015-09-08 Dr. Sandy Magnus flew in space on the 2002 STS-112 shuttle mission and on the final shuttle flight in 2011 (STS-135). In 2008 she flew to the International Space Station on STS-126, served as flight engineer and science officer on Expedition 18, and returned home on STS-119 after 4 ½ months prior to serving in NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate and as Astronaut Office Deputy Chief. Today she leads AIAA, the world's largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession More Info
2015-08-23 The AEM department will be welcoming two new faculty members in September 2015. Dr. Maziar S. Hemati and Dr. Richard Linares will be joining the faculty as Assistant Professors More Info
2015-08-17 U of MN solar car team to unveil new car Aug. 18. The new car will compete in World Solar Challenge across the Australian Outback. What: University of Minnesota solar car unveiling. When: 11 a.m.-Noon, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015 Where: Solar Vehicle Project team shop, University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus, 1995 Fitch Ave., St. Paul; parking available in the Gortner Avenue Ramp, 1395 Gortner Ave., St. Paul. About 25 Uof MN CSE students, which includes AEM students, are part of the current team and 17 will be part of the race crew in Australia. l. More Info
2015-07-30 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
2015-07-28 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
2015-06-23 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
2015-06-02 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
2015-05-22 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
2015-05-14 Three Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics graduate students recieved the Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship this year: Jennifer Annoni, Savio Poovathingal, and Vivekanand Babade. More Info
2015-05-01 The Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics senior design team - Gophers - took part in the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Aero Design West competition in Van Nuys California on April 24-26. More Info
2015-05-01 On April 24, 2015, the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics held a dedication ceremony for the Akerman Hangar, renaming it as the Gary J. Balas Atrium. More Info
2015-04-20 The Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics department hosted NASA's Minnesota Space Grant Consortium (MnSGC) Community College Quadcopter Competition on Thursday, April 16. More Info
2015-04-14 This year's College of Science and Engineering (CSE) Commencement Ceremony will take place on Friday, May 15 from 7 p.m. - 9:15 p.m. in the Mariucci Arena. Katie Heineman, an Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics Senior, was selected to be the student speaker. Please join us in congratulating Katie and the class of 2015! More Info
2015-04-06 The Gilruth Tribute Celebration will take place on Thursday, April 23 from 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. at the TCF Bank Stadium. The celebration honors the late University of Minnesota aeronautical engineering alumnus Robert Gilruth, known as the "Father of America's Human Space Flight program." Gilruth advised President Kennedy to put a man on the moon and led the Apollo program. Gilruth also oversaw 25 manned spaceflights, from the suborbital Mercury-Redstone 3 flight to Apollo 15 lunar landing mission in July 1971. More Info
2015-04-01 Richard James gave the Southwest Mechanics Lecture Series on February 17-19, with stops at the University of Texas, Austin; Texas A & M University; and the University of Houston. He also recently gave the Distinguished Seminar in Mechanical Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. More Info
2015-03-04 Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics Professor Filippo Coletti has received the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award for his work on fluid mechanics of human airways. More Info
2015-02-04 The Institute of Navigation (ION) presented Dr. Hamid Mokhtarzadeh, AEM Postdoctoral Associate, and Dr. Demoz Gebre-Egziabher, AEM's Director of Graduate Studies, with the Dr. Samuel M. Burka Award for their paper "Cooperative Inertial Navigation", published in the Summer 2014 issue of NAVIGATION. The Burka Award was presented at the ION International Technical Meeting (ITM) in Dana Point, California, January 26-28, 2015. More Info.

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