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AEM Spotlight Archives

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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2018-3-14 Join us on Monday, April 30, for a discussion with Colonel Pamela Melroy, USAF Ret. and former NASA Astronaut, for CSE students and faculty. Melroy will talk 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.
2015-12-28 Professor Emeritus William H. Warner passed away on December 27, 2015 after a brief illness. Dr. Warner came to the University of Minnesota as an assistant professor in 1955 in the Department of Mechanics and Materials, which a few years later merged with Aeronautical Engineering. He served as a professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics from 1968 to 1995. See more info.
2015-12-10 The Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Laboratory is continuing development on its “Goldy” system, which serves as the brain of professional-grade UAVs (or drones) used for scientific research and allows researchers to pilot the aircraft from the ground, collect data as it flies and process that data into useful information. NASA is using the Goldy flight control system in the third version of Prandtl-D — a V-shaped glider designed to imitate how a bird files. See more info.
2015-12-10 Students from AEM 1905, Professor Flaten's Freshman Seminar on High-Power Rocketry, will exhibit their rockets in the Balas Atrium on Tuesday, December 15, 2015, from 4:15 - 5:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to stop by to see the exhibit, talk to the student, and share a cupof hot cocoa. For more info: /AEM_news/Flier_AEM1905RocketExhibit2015.pdf
2015-12-10 Two incoming AEM graduate students received the Ken and Rosemary Anderson Graduate Fellowship for this year. They are Sally Keyes and Kerry Sun. For more details on both of them click here.
2015-12-08 Eighteen Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics (AEM) undergraduate students were awarded scholarships and two graduate students were awarded fellowships due to their financial need and academic merit. More details here.
2015-11-19 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.
2015-11-15 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.
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.
2014-12-08 Five first-year Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics (AEM) graduate students received fellowships this year: Prakash Shrestha, Douglas Carter, Sahar Jalal, Joel Runnels, Andrew Vechart, and Kyle Winters. More Info
2014-12-08 On Tuesday, December 9, students from Professor Flaten's High-Power Rocketry Freshman Seminar (AEM 1905) will exhibit their rockets in the Akerman Hangar from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. In addition, the (extracurricular) Rocket Team, the MN Space Grant's Ballooning Team, the MN Space Grant's Quadcopter Project, and the U of MN student chapter of the AIAA will also have items on display. The AEM department encourages all students, faculty, and staff to stop by to see these hands-on student projects and enjoy a cup of cocoa. More Info
2014-12-04 At least 250 friends and family attended the memorial for Distinguished McKnight University Professor Gary J. Balas on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at the Campus Club in Coffman Union at the University of Minnesota. Gary's family and his friends and colleagues in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics thank everyone for your kind words and thoughts. Many thanks also for those who came and celebrated Gary's life by reflecting on his contributions to our lives. To see the memory book, slides and video of the event, click here
2014-11-17 Professor Philip Hodge, member of the National Academy of Engineering and recipient of numerous awards in his field, passed away peacefully on November 11, 2014 in Sunnyvale, California with his daughter and granddaughter by his side. He was an enthusiastic gardener, an amateur genealogist, a backpacker, and an avid marathon runner. At age 53 he climbed Mt. Ritter, and at 62 he placed 23rd in his age category in the Boston Marathon. He was a lifelong fan of live theatre and an enthusiastic opera supporter, and he wrote opera reviews until the year he died. More Info
2014-11-12 Gary Balas passed away on November 12, 2014. Gary was a faculty member at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics from 1990-2014. He was an international leader in the field of experimental and theoretical control systems. Gary was a Distinguished McKnight University Professor and served as the Department Head for eight years. He also served as Director of Graduate Studies and Co-Director of the Control Science and Dynamical Systems Program. More Info
2014-11-03 The University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering's (CSE) Demoz Gebre-Egziabher - Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics' (AEM) Director of Graduate Studies - and U of M Crookston's Ian MacRae comment on their research in a recently published article titled "University of Minnesota researchers backing drones usage, surveying farmlands with technology". The article describes how University of Minnesota researchers are using drones to survey the agricultural landscape in more than a dozen counties. More Info
2014-10-21 Fifteen Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics students were awarded various scholarships in order to provide financial support for students studying Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics who demonstrate financial need and academic merit. More Info
2014-10-21 Nine Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics (AEM) students were awarded with College of Science and Engineering (CSE) merit scholarships for their excellent work in the field. More Info
2014-10-15 On October 8, the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics (AEM) and its Professional Advisory Board hosted a career networking event for AEM majors. The event began with a panel discussion, followed by open networking and a reception. The event was a great opportunity for students to build their aerospace engineering and mechanics network while polishing their professional skills. More Info
2014-10-14 Dr. Peter Seiler, an assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics (AEM), was highlighted in a recent article published to the U of M's Inquiry blog on research and innovation. More Info
2014-09-04 The Minnesota Space Grant Consortium, based in the Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics (AEM) department (Director, Professor William Garrard, and Associate Director, James Flaten) has received a two year grant from NASA to support a community college based program to improve STEM recruitment and retention. This program is designed to (1) increase the number of community college students who graduate with STEM degrees and/or transfer to STEM programs at four year institutions, (2) increase the ability of community college faculty members to deliver aerospace-related content in areas of interest to NASA, and (3) enhance the diversity of students pursing STEM education at Minnesota community colleges. More Info
2014-08-28 On August 27, 2014, the Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics (AEM) department hosted a FRC tour for high school and middle school students in order to recruit more women into engineering by getting them interested in the robotics team. Kale Hedstrom, the AEM department's lab coordinator and scientist, has been a mentor representing St. Paul high schools for the past seven years. More Info
2014-08-28 The AEM Professional Advisory Board meets biannually to evaluate the department's programs and provide advice on educational and professional issues. The board consists of industry professionals from local and national organizations. On April 25, 2014, board members met and identified several focus areas for the coming years. More Info
2014-07-29 The University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project (UMNSVP) is an organization of undergraduate engineering students who undertake the project of researching, designing, and constructing a solar vehicle every two years. This year, the University of Minnesota team and their car - Centaurus III - competed in the American Solar Challenge (ASC), finishing second overall. More Info
2014-07-15 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. More Info
2014-06-26 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. More Info
2014-06-06 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. More Info
2014-06-04 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. More Info
2014-06-03 Dr. James Flaten - Associate Director of the MN Space Grant and contract faculty in AEM - and his summer "ballooning team" worked with students from two Bloomington middle schools as they designed experiments to be flown in several payloads carried by a weather balloon into the stratosphere. Several of the experiments involved seeds that would be exposed to cosmic radiation at heights of 90,000 to 100,000 feet. The students also made measurements of conditions like temperature and pressure, and even flew cameras to document the view. More Info
2014-06-03 The 2014 CanSat Competition - an American Astronomical Society (AAS), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) sponsored competition - will be taking place in Burkett, Texas from June 13-15. More Info
2014-05-29 Dr. Lucy Dunne - an associate professor in the College of Design - has received support in order to provide students the opportunity to work with NASA. In Dr. Dunne's Functional Apparel Design course last spring - funded by the Minnesota Space Grant Consortium - apparel students had the chance to redesign astronauts' gloves that currently leave their hands sweaty, prone to rashes, chafing, and even with delaminating fingernails. This year, they have expanded on that work and have been accepted into NASA's "Microgravity University" program to conduct an experiment in reduced-gravity conditions. More Info
2014-05-27 The Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics (AEM) has awarded the 2013 - 2014 John and Jane Dunning Copper Fellowship to Jeff Komives, Raghu Venkataraman, and Jacob Keller for passing the Doctoral Written Preliminary Examination (WPE). More Info
2014-05-23 James Flaten, Associate Director of the MN Space Grant and AEM Contract Assistant Professor, was selected to pilot two sections of CSE 1002 - a new Project-Based Inquiry class for CSE freshmen. The first section engaged ten freshmen in a high-altitude balloon mission to the stratosphere. The students built miniature near-space-craft and equipped them with video cameras, a variety of sensors, and Arduino-microcontroller data loggers to monitor environmental conditions during the two-hour flight. The balloon mission was flown in southern Minnesota on April 12, 2014 and used GPS-enabled ham radios for real-time tracking and recovery. In addition to the science experiments, students also flew Goldy Gopher in a tiny spacesuit. See the video here:
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Over 2,000 middle school students came to campus on Friday, April 25, 2014, for the first-ever "CSE Expo," which included more than 50 STEM exhibits, mostly hosted by CSE student groups. James Flaten from the MN Space Grant Consortium and Brian Taylor from the Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle (UAV) lab organized AEM-related exhibits on high-altitude ballooning, high-power rocketry, and UAVs in the Akerman Hangar. More Info


AEM researchers Ellad Tadmor, Ryan Elliott, and Subrahmanyam Pattamatta are to be published in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences for their work addressing the challenges involved in the design of nanostructures - namely their stochastic or apparently random response to external loading. More Info


AEM is proud to have 11 students - Luci Baker, Erin Carroll, Bryce Doerr, Thomas Georgiou, Katherine Glasheen, Jacob Gustafson, Katherine Heinemann, Joel Krause, Andrew Mahon, Patipan Pipatpinyopong, and Miguel Reyes - receive summer internships with NASA. More Info


NASA's Minnesota and Wisconsin Space Grant programs kicked-off the 2014 Space Grant Midwest Regional High-Power Rocketry Competition with judged presentations on April 25 in Akerman Hall, and flights on April 26 at the Tripoli MN launch site near North Branch. Teams from five Midwest states - Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin - entered 13 high-power rockets in the competition. More Info


After months spent toiling over their micro aircraft, AEM's two student teams took first and fourth place in the micro class division of the SAE Aero Design East competition in Atlanta, Georgia during the weekend of April 11 - 13. More Info


The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Student Branch at the University of Minnesota, as well as the AIAA Twin Cities Section, hosted the 2014 AIAA Region V Student Paper Conference from April 2 - 4. Hosted annually by different Region V chapters, the objective of the conference is to provide students with an opportunity to present their research and technical papers in public competition and prepare them for a future in aerospace engineering. More Info


According to the MinnPost, more than a dozen bills have been proposed by state lawmakers to address problems with mass surveillance and personal information breaches. Several of these bills threaten to limit, or even eliminate, the University of Minnesota's inclusion of Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in its curriculum. More Info

Also, read the Minnesota Daily's article on the issue.


In this day and age, you can find almost anything just by using your smartphone. So why is it so difficult to find a large passenger plane after it crashes? AEM Professor Gary Balas weighs in. More Info


Assistant Professor Thomas E. Schwartzentruber has received the 2014 George Taylor Career Development Award for exceptional contributions to teaching. Endowed within the College of Science and Engineering, the award was established in memory of George W. Taylor, a 1934 graduate of the department of Mechanical Engineering. The Career Development Award is designated to a faculty member who has made outstanding contributions to undergraduate and/or graduate teaching in the College. More Info


Professor Ellen Longmire was elected to Vice Chair of the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Fluid Dynamics (DFD) for 2014. The Vice Chair becomes Chair-Elect, and then Chair in the following two years.

"I am honored by this opportunity to serve my community," says Professor Longmire. "My goal is to promote interaction among younger and more senior researchers and to ensure the quality and success of the annual DFD conference." More Info


Professor Ellad B. Tadmor and former postdoctoral fellow Dr. Woo Kyun Kim's paper on "Entropically Stabilized Dislocations" is the first explicit demonstration of a dislocation that is stabilized solely due to entropy without a corresponding potential energy well. More Info


Ryan S. Elliott, AEM Associate Professor and Russell J. Penrose Faculty Fellow, has been honored as a recipient of the 2014 Thomas J.R. Hughes Young Investigator Award by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). More Info


On February 6th, legendary balloonist and UMN alum, Donald Piccard, will be honored for his appointment into the U.S. Ballooning Hall of Fame at the Living Legends Reception, hosted by Target Corporation Flight Services. Much of the shape and form of hot-air ballooning today is the direct result of Piccard's enthusiasm and vision for ballooning. More Info


Visiting Fulbright Scholar Bela Takarics joined the University's Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics in December 2013. Working as a Research Associate, Takarics interests include reduced order modeling with a focus on aeroservoelastic vehicles and how their models vary across the flight envelope, and the application of a Tensor Product model based control design to aeroservoelastic vehicles. Now two months into his five-month stay, Takarics says his experience thus far has been "absolutely amazing." More Info


Professor Yiyuan J. Zhao is stepping down from his position in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics to pursue other interests. Zhao joined the AEM Department as an Assistant Professor following the completion of his doctorate at Stanford University in 1989. More Info


After a successful semester of building high-power rockets, defined as rockets using H-size (or larger) motors, Dr. James Flaten's AEM 1905 Freshman Seminar class hosted a high-power rocket exhibit in Akerman Hall's hanger lobby on December 10th. More Info


A team from the University of Minnesota provides new insights on the ability of zebrafish to alter aspects of fluid motion around their bodies to overcome escape responses and increase prey capture. More Info


Teams of University undergrads prepare for the upcoming 2014 International CanSat competition, hosted in Burkett, Texas. The U's CanSat competitive club team was formed in early October 2012 with the goal of placing in the competition's top ten participants. This year, both teams aim to place in the top five. More Info


An unusually late-season system of storms moved rapidly across the Midwest the weekend of November 16th. To get a better idea of just how powerful the Midwest tornadoes and winds were, Minneapolis - St. Paul News Station KARE 11 visited the University of Minnesota wind tunnel, located at Akerman Hall's Aerospace Engineering lab. View the footage here. More Info


This weekend the College of Science and Engineering hosts the Math & Science Family Fun Fair at Coffman Memorial Union. For a quick preview of what will be showcased at the fair, watch Dr. James Flaten, an AEM faculty member, demonstrate a few of the activities with WCCO reporter Edward Moody. More Info


Professor Richard James and his team, including graduate student Vivek Dabade and post doctorate students Yintao Song and Xian Chen, have discovered a new shape-memory metal crystal, called a "martensite." The crystal seamlessly switches between two different arrangements of atoms when prompted by a change in temperature. More Info


After a long and esteemed career in the aerospace industry, Russell J. Penrose returned to the University of Minnesota to meet the 2012 recipients of his endowed Professorships: Russell J. Penrose Professor Graham Candler and Russell J. Penrose Faculty Fellow Ryan Elliott. More Info


The Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics is co-sponsoring the joint meeting of the Society of Natural Philosophy (SNP) and the Institute for Mathematics, University of Minnesota. The event is to be hosted as a special tribute the University's late Mathematics Professor, James Serrin. More Info

For the conference's official flyer, please follow this link.


AEM's Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Research Lab will be providing an interactive demonstration at the College of Science and Engineering's 7th Annual Homecoming Celebration on Friday, September 27, 2013. The UAV Research Lab supports research activities within the department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, including control, navigation and guidance algorithms; embedded fault detection methods; and system identification tools. More Info


October 8, 2013 is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Robert Gilruth, an outstanding graduate of the Department. Gilruth was a moving force in the establishment of the Manned Space Program and was Director of the NASA Johnson Space Center during the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo Programs. Earlier he defined the field of aircraft handling qualities as it is now practiced. More Info

2013-09-10 The CSE career fair will connect organizations with current science and engineering students and recent alumni. Open to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Minnesota, the career fair provides an opportunity for science and engineering students seeking full-time positions, part-time positions, co-ops, and internships to connect with potential employers. More Info
2013-08-04 In 1943, 918 women were trained in Aeronautical Engineering at seven universities - including the University of Minnesota - before reporting for duty to the engineering departments of Curtiss-Wright’s airframe and propeller plants. The Curtiss-Wright Cadettes made quite an impact in the engineering areas of the University. Jean-Vi Lenthe, author of Flying Into Yesterday, a book on the Cadettes, and two of the University of Minnesota Cadettes are scheduled to participate in a lunchtime talk/panel on Wednesday, August 7 from 12-1:30 pm at Walter Library. More Info
2013-07-21 The University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project team unveiled their new solar electric vehicle, named Daedalus, on Thursday, July 18. The team plans to use the vehicle to complete in the 2013 World Solar Challenge, a 3,000 km race across Australia, in October. The Solar Vehicle Project team is made up of students from many different departments in the College of Science and Engineering, including Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics. The Solar Vehicle Project is supported by many industry partners, family and friends and by the University of Minnesota's College of Science and Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials. More Info
2013-06-23 A UMN team recently participated in the 2013 CanSat competition. Each year, the CanSat competition changes the rules and requirements of the competition to encourage students to find an effective solution to controlling the descent rate of near earth satellite, known as a CanSat. The UMN team placed 6th of the 22 teams that were able to successfully launch their CanSat. More Info
2013-04-25 Learn how technology innovation created by partnerships between European and Minnesota institutions is shaping the way we live, from Earth to the International Space Station and beyond. Alliance Française Mpls/St. Paul is proud to present a week-long celebration, highlighting Euro-American friendship with support from the Delegation of the European Union. More Info
2013-03-12 Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), commonly called drones, were originally developed for military applications. However the applications that drones can do keeps growing in the aviation sector and has helped make advancements in research and the commercial enterprises in the civilian sector. More Info
2013-03-05 Richard Johnson, a Boeing engineering systems operator, was recently named "Most Promising Engineer" at the Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) Conference this month in Washington, D.C. More info.
2013-02-21 AEM professors Berenice Mettler and Pete Seiler have received prestigious CAREER awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The CAREER program recognizes and supports junior faculty who demonstrate excellence in research and education. See more information about Professor Mettler’s award or Professor Seiler’s award.
2013-02-14 An article co-written by AEM graduate student Zhefeng Li and AEM Professor Demoz Gebre-Egziabher has been featured in GPS World Magazine. The article, entitled “A Civilian GPS Position Authentication System,” deals with the problem of position authentication, or whether position reports are truthful and accurate. More information about the article can be seen here.
2013-01-24 The 3rd Annual Autonomous Snowplow Competition (ASC) will be held from January 24-27 in St. Paul, MN. The goal of the competition is to challenge students to design, build, and operate a fully autonomous snowplow. This year, the University of Minnesota team is comprised of six students, who joined the team due to their interest in control systems, navigation, and solving difficult engineering problems. More info
2013-01-16 Ms. Xian Chen was awarded the Lawrence E. Goodman Fellowship in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics. This award honors a graduate student with an outstanding academic record who demonstrates a special commitment to graduate studies. More info
2012-11-19 AEM alum Richard DeLeo passed away on November 13 at the age of 90. DeLeo and his late wife Shirley were proud supports for the University of Minnesota and generous donors to the AEM program. The AEM Undergraduate Student Office and AIAA Student Chapter room was dedicated in their honor in April. More info
2012-10-27 AEM alumna Susmita Bhattacharyya was recently awarded the Bradford W. Parkinson Award for her thesis in the field of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). Dr. Bhattacharyya received her PhD from the AEM department in April. More info
2012-10-08 AEM graduate student Daniel Showers recently received the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Program Fellowship. This prestigious fellowship helps fund tuition and provides a stipend, enabling students to focus on their research and studies. Showers is an incoming graduate student for fall 2012, and is currently working with AEM professor Pete Seiler in the area of wind turbine control. More info
2012-10-08 Professor James gave the keynote lecture at the ASME Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems. The talk was on "The direct conversion of heat to electricity using multiferroic materials with phase transformations" and included recent work of graduate students Xian Chen, Vivek Dabade, Yintao Song, and postdocs Vijay Srivastava and Kanwal Bhatti. (Photo courtesy of Junyi Cao, Xi'an Jiaotong University).
2012-09-18 The UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) research group is working toward development and implementation of a low-cost, open source UAV flight research facility. The group's research was recently featured on KSTP. The story discussed possible uses for UAVs such as search and rescue, farm surveillance, and wildlife tracking. More info
2012-09-17 The Minnesota Twins and AirSpace Minnesota teamed up to kick off Minnesota Aerospace and Aviation Week at Target Field on Sunday, September 16th. Robert Cabana, the current director of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, and AEM students from the University of Minnesota launched a baseball 80,000 feet into the stratosphere via weather balloon. KSTP, KARE 11, and the Twins website all have coverage of the event. More info
2012-09-13 The Fall 2012 Science and Engineering Career Fair will be held at the TCF Bank Stadium on Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sept. 19 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. This event is for undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni seeking jobs, internships, and networking opportunities. More info
2012-09-10 The University of Minnesota student rocket team that competed in the University Student Launch Initiative (USLI) competition in April was included in a feature story in the July/August issue of Sport Rocketry. Team members included Mark Abotossaway, Peter Larson, Daniel Vogl, Travis Swenson, Derek Lesniak, Takuhiro Suganuma, William Zach Morrow, and Chris Herbst. Gary Stroick of the National Association of Rocketry and the Tripoli Rocketry Association acted as the team mentor. More info
2012-09-04 AEM Professor Thomas Schwarztentruber has recently been awarded a large grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). The funded project, "Reduced Heat Flux Through Preferential Surface Reactions Leading to Vibrationally Electronically Excited Product States," seeks to understand the fundamental mechanisms by which energy (heat) is transferred to the surface of a hypersonic vehicle. More info
2012-08-17 The University of Minnesota’s High Altitude X-ray Detector Testbed (HAXDT) is a high altitude balloon payload currently under development by Masters student Patrick Doyle and Professor Demoz Gebre-Egziabher to test and validate the performance of a compact X-ray detector and its associated flight hardware. This project is part of their research into deep space X-ray navigation, which uses X-ray pulsars as navigation beacons, much as we use GPS satellites for navigation on Earth. More info
2012-08-16 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. 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. More info
2012-08-06 The August 6 touchdown of Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory rover, begins a robotic exploration effort to determine the habitability of Mars. Over the course of a full Martian year (687 Earth days), Curiosity will study rocks, soil, and the geological setting, looking for forms of carbon. AEM alum Steve Lee has been deeply involved with the mission. More info
2012-08-03 AEM and Minnesota Space Grant participate in Minnesota Aviation Week September 17-22, 2012. Bob Cabana, head of the Kennedy Space Center is launching Minnesota's first annual celebration of Minnesota Aerospace & Aviation Week, which is part of National Aerospace Week(September 17 - 22). More info
2012-08-02 AEM Professor Pete Seiler has been awarded a Resident Fellowship at the Institute on the Environment (IonE) here at the University of Minnesota. Professor Seiler's research is on systems, control, and fault detection with applications to wind energy and safety critical flight control systems. More info
2012-07-17 The UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) research group is working toward development and implementation of a low-cost, open source UAV flight research facility. The group's research was recently featured in the Minnesota Daily and the Pioneer Press. More info
2012-07-17 Architecture Minnesota featured the historic renovation of the Akerman Hangar as their July/August issue cover story. The story focused on the hangar's transformation into a modern workspace while retaining its historic character. More info
2012-06-29 The Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics has named two faculty members to chaired professorships: Professor Graham Candler has been appointed the Russell J. Penrose Professor, and Associate Professor Ryan Elliott has been appointed the Russell J. Penrose Faculty Fellow. More info
2012-06-19 A team of university undergrads – many of them AEM students – participated in the 2012 CanSat Competition, held in Abilene, Texas from June 8-10. This was the first year a University of Minnesota team has competed in the competition. More info
2012-05-22 Professor James Flaten, Associate Director of the MN Space Grant Consortium housed in the AEM Department, is being featured as the "Scientist on the Spot" at the Science Museum of MN. Museum attendees are invited to pose questions to Professor Flaten either at the museum Science Buzz exhibit area or by visiting the Science Buzz web site. More info
2012-05-15 Congratulations to this year’s 75 graduates for all of their accomplishments! AEM held a reception before commencement in honor of the graduating seniors, where senior projects were displayed and accomplishments were lauded. Commencement took place on Friday, May 4, from 7-9:15 pm. More info
2012-05-15 Congratulations to the graduating Master’s and PhD students for all of their accomplishments! The Arts, Sciences, and Engineering Graduate Commencement Ceremony took place on Friday, April 27. Five AEM Master’s and PhD students participated in the ceremony. More info
2012-04-25 A dedication of the Richard and Shirley DeLeo AEM Undergraduate Student Office and AIAA Student Chapter room was held on Friday, April 20. University alum Richard DeLeo attended as the guest of honor in a ceremony and reception in the Akerman Hangar. More info
2012-03-28 Two teams of AEM seniors took first and third place in the Micro Class Competition at the SAE Aero Design Competition West, held in Van Nuys, California from March 15-18, 2012. The teams received top scores in payload fraction and total weight lifted, and one team scored third place on the quality of their technical report. More info
2012-02-20 AEM Professor Graham Candler has been awarded the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Fluid Dynamics Award for 2012. Professor Candler was given the award “for the development of advanced computational methodologies to predict flow stability and transition to turbulence in complex configurations.” More info
2012-02-09 The AEM department formally welcomed 50 new undergraduates into upper division Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics on February 7, 2012. The “Welcome to the Major” event included information about the advising process and the undergraduate AEM degree. More info
2012-02-09 UMN Professor Lucy Dunne and her Apparel Design students are attempting to craft a spacesuit to present to NASA this spring. The designs are incorporating e-textiles (wearable technology) that can be used for various control systems, as well as taking comfort and other design constraints into consideration. The Minnesota Space Grant Consortium, directed by AEM Professor William Garrard, is helping to fund the project. More info
2012-01-20 Two books written by AEM professors were published at the end of 2011. The books are dedicated to the theoretical modeling and simulation of materials. Modeling Materials: Continuum, Atomistic and Multiscale Techniques, by AEM Professor Ellad Tadmor and Carleton University (Canada) Professor Ronald E. Miller, was published November 24, 2011. Its companion book, Continuum Mechanics and Thermodynamics: From Fundamental Concepts to Governing Equations, is authored by Tadmor, Miller, and AEM Associate Professor Ryan Elliott. It was published on December 15, 2011. More info
2012-01-11 On November 17, 2011, Air Force Academy instructor Dr. Tom Yechout was awarded by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education as Colorado's "Professor of the Year." Dr. Yechout, a professor in the Academy's Aeronautics department, was recognized for writing an engaging flight mechanics textbook and inspiring the Academy's cadets. He graduated from the AEM department in 1968. More info
2011-12-19 Freshman seminar students in AEM 1905: Spaceflight with Ballooning put their miniature spacecraft, experimental data, and images/video from their high-altitude balloon mission to “near-space” on display in the Akerman Hangar Lobby on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011. Four student payloads flew to an altitude of 90,000 ft on a weather balloon in late October 2011. Also on display were an inflated weather balloon and parachute, as well as a shark-shaped radio controlled blimp as a fun example of what else can be done with helium-filled balloons. More info
2011-12-19 AEM Professor Richard James will be featured as the lecturer at Caltech’s third annual James K. Knowles Lecture and Solid Mechanics Symposium. Professor James is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Russell J. Penrose Professor here at the University of Minnesota. His lecture will take place at Caltech on January 27, 2012 and is titled “Materials for the Direct Conversion of Heat to Electricity.” More info
2011-11-16 This summer, AEM Professor Ellen Longmire, a TSI collaborator, and members of Longmire’s research group spent two weeks in Texas modeling a spacecraft crew module. The goal of the project is to understand wake flow behind a model of a spacecraft crew module and determine how it interacts with a drogue parachute used for deceleration upon re-entry into the atmosphere. The project was sponsored by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. More info
2011-10-17 Three AEM graduate students recently received prestigious national fellowships. Jason Bender received the Department of Energy’s Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF), and Byron Edgar and Eric Stern received NASA Science and Technology Research Fellowships (NSTRF). Both fellowships aim to develop high-talent engineers and scientists in their respective areas. More info
2011-10-10 AEM senior Sam Schreiner recently received a $10,000 scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. Mechanical Engineering student Brett Neubauer also received the award. Schreiner and Neubauer are two of only 26 students nationwide to receive this scholarship. The mission of the Foundation is to aid the United States in retaining its world leadership in science and technology by providing scholarships for college students who exhibit motivation, imagination, and exceptional performance in these fields. More info
2011-09-29 AEM Professor Krishnan Mahesh has been elected to a Fellowship in the American Physical Society for his research focused on numerically modeling complex turbulent flows. Professor Mahesh has applied this research to modeling shock/turbulence interactions, jets in cross flow, reacting flows, and multiphase flows. More info

The AEM department is welcoming a new faculty member this fall. Professor Pete Seiler is the department’s newest assistant professor. Professor Seiler has a background in control systems and will be teaching AEM 4321 Automatic Control Systems, an undergraduate controls class, in the fall. More info

2011-06-28 The College of Science and Engineering's recent lecture was on Mitchell Zuckoff's book titled, "Lost In Shangri-La," about two brothers who were 1942 University of Minnesota Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics alumni. The author tells a riveting story of how John and Robert McCollom and one other person survived being lost in the jungles of New Guinea during World War II. More info

AEM Professor Richard James and his research team have recently discovered a new alloy material that converts heat directly into electricity. This revolutionary energy conversion method is in the early stages of development, but it could have wide-sweeping impact on creating environmentally-friendly electricity from waste heat sources. More info


On May 19th and 26th, 2011, the University's High-Altitude Ballooning Team launched four weather balloons into the stratosphere (AKA "near-space"), to altitudes ranging from 80,000 to 90,000 feet. The balloons carried scientific payloads designed and built by students from nine local middle schools, under the instruction of teachers who attended a MN Space Grant Consortium (MnSGC) workshop last summer. More info


The Akerman Hall Hangar Project was honored with the 2011 Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Award on Thursday, May 19th at the International Market Square. The Preserve Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission hosted the event. More info


Professor Emeritus Daniel D. Joseph passed away on May 24, 2011. He was a world-renowned expert for more than three decades in fluid mechanics, retiring in 2009. He was a Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Minnesota since 1963, where he served as the Russell J. Penrose Professor and Regent's Professor. More info


A team of AEM and ME students won the AISES (American Indian Society of Engineers and Scientists) Second Annual First Nations Rocket Launch Competition sponsored by NASA and The Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium on May 7, 2011. Team members were AEM students Mark Abotossaway, John Carlson, David Coveyou, Tyler Kelley, and Andy Komisarek and ME student Chris Herbst. Faculty Sponsor was Bill Garrard. More info


On Friday, May 6th, AEM undergrads saw the light at the end of the tunnel. Though finals still laid ahead for many in the following week, AEM students participated in CSE's commencement ceremony, graduating the University of Minnesota after much hard work and dedication. More info


Alumni Ralph Heimer and Richard Brasket shared their insights about their education and how it shaped their career with AEM undergraduates as part of an alumni panel event April 28th . The event helped students explore their career opportunities and develop their networking skills. More info.


On February 26-27, 2011, the inaugural meeting of the Knowledgebase of Interactive Models (KIM) project headed by AEM researchers was held in San Diego, CA. Experts including many key interatomic potential and molecular dynamics code developers gathered to define the goals and stucture of KIM and to establish standards based on the needs of the atomistic simulation community. More info.


For the third out of four years running,a University of Minnesota Aerospace Engineering student team won first overall in the Western SAE Micro Class Heavy Lift Competition held in Fort Worth, Texas on March 18, 2011. More info.


Researchers Vijay Srivastava, Yintao Song, Kanwal Bhatti in Prof. Richard James group at the University of Minnesota have discovered a new way to convert heat directly into electricity using a multiferroic material they also recently discovered. The demonstration is reported in the inaugural issue of Advanced Energy Materials. More info.


AEM Research Associate, Dr. Qian Zheng, also the Project Leader in the Air Traffic Control group, has pioneered the technical design and evaluation of taxi conformance monitoring system for surface operation. More info.


AEM graduate student Hamid Mokhtarzadeh participated in the First Annual Autonomous Snowplow Competition held this past weekend in conjunction with the St. Paul Winter Carnival. The Institute of Navigation (ION) sponsored competition brought six teams from various institutions across the Midwest. More info.


We would like to extend our congratulations to the graduate students who completed their degrees or completed milestones in the fall semester. More info.


Principal investigator, AEM Prof. Graham Candler, along with Prof. Tom Schwartzentruber (AEM), and Prof. Donald Truhlar (Chemistry), have received a three year, $5M grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to develop hypersonic vehicles that will fly high in the atmosphere for extended periords of time. Click here.


It is with great sadness we announce the passing of esteemed alumnus, Clarence 'Sy' Syvertson. Syvertson received his BS ('46) and MS ('48)in Aeronautical Engineering. Upon graduation Syvertson joined Nasa Ames Research Center. He was named the Director of Ames in 1978 and held the post until his retirement in 1984. More...


On the evening of October 19th, AEM alumnus Tom Madison was honored by AEM Department Head Professor Gary Balas and Regent Dean Johnson at the College of Science and Engineering Leadership Dinner. Prior to the dinner the AEM Department hosted a reception in his honor in the Akerman Hall Hangar. Click here.


This week is the 76th Anniversary of Prof. Jean and Jeannette Piccard's first balloon flight to the stratosphere. In 1934 John Akerman, the department head at the time, invited both Piccards to Minnesota, but only Jean became a faculty member-first as special lecturer, then as Professor in 1938. In addition to the stratospheric coursework, the faculty added courses on seaplanes in 1930 and dirigibles in 1931, For the Star Tribune article, click here.


The Minnesota Space Grant -- Ballooning project, led by AEM Professors James Flaten and William Garrard, is part of the Reach for the Sky program. Currently featured on the front page of the University, the program spent time this summer with students on the White Earth Reservation building students' interest in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics discplines. Read more.

2010-09-20 On Thursday, September 16th, the Great Midwestern Space Grant Consortia held its annual meeting at the University of Minnesota. The group was the first to use the Akerman Hall hangar in its newly remodeled state. The event brought over 120 participants from Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. More info.
2010-09-16 AEM Prof Jian Sheng sent his submersible 3D holographic camera to the Gulf of Mexico to aid scientists in the clean up efforts for the oil spill. His work is featured on the main page of the College of Science and Engineering's webpage.

We are pleased to announce that the beautifully and newly renovated hangar will be opened to the public at 8:00 am on Monday, September 13th. The furniture is being moved in and the finishing touches are being made. The permanently installed webcam will show you the first glimpses of the finished space. Click here.

2010-08-31 Dramatic changes are taking place to the exterior of the Akerman Hall this week. The windows for the second and third floor classrooms are being replaced and the construction of (excavation for) the grand front plaza has also begun. More info.
2010-08-03 The windows and new grand entrance of Akerman Hall were installed at the end of July. This installation has been the most visible and dramatic change to the exterior throughout the construction process. More info.
2010-07-23 The University of Minnesota and the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics recently honored Tom Madison with an Outstanding Achievement Award. The award is given to alumni who have attained unusual distinction and leadership. Tom Madison has been a respected and successful business and community leader throughout his career. Madison graduated from the University of Minnesota Aeronautical Engineering program in 1959. More info.

Boeing Co. and the US Air Force partnered to create the Boeing X-51A WaveRider which is an unmanned aerial vehicle that broke world records in its test fight on May 26th, 2010.  It flew for nearly three and a half minutes at a top speed of Mach 5. AEM Professor Graham Candler contributed to the project by providing analysis of transition to turbulence on the lee side of the aircraft.  More info.


Participants in the AEM freshmen seminar course “Spaceflight with Ballooning” and its partner adult course (offered through the College of Continuing Education) submitted an image which has been selected and featured in Sky and Telescope Magazine this month.  Students launched a weather balloon with several experiments, including a digital camera set to take pictures at 30 seconds intervals. More info.


On Friday, May 7th, AEM undergrads saw the light at the end of the tunnel. Though finals still laid ahead for many in the following week, AEM students participated in IT's commencement ceremony, graduating from the University of Minnesota after much hard work and dedication. More info.

2010-05-04 This survey is part of our process required by ABET to maintain our accreditation as an Aerospace Engineering Program.  Our program objectives are the goals we want our graduates to be able to attain and are the central focus of our educational mission.  This survey is being conducted to ask the employers of our graduates how well these objectives are being met by our graduates and to check that these objectives remain appropriate for our program.  Our objectives are also reviewed by the other constituents of our program, including students, alumni and faculty. Click here.
2010-05-11 Once again, Jeff Hammer (AEM Industrial Professor) led a group of AEM seniors to participate in the SAE Design East Competition held in Fort Worth, Texas at the end of April. AEM students registered in the senior design course participate in the annual contest that combines the whole of their undergraduate education. Students design and build an aircraft that meets design goals and specifications, more info.

The International Society for the Interaction of Mechanics and Mathematics has launched a lifetime achievement prize.  The honored recipient of the first award is AEM Professor Emeritus Jerald L. Ericksen. The award is given for exceptional contributions towards building new bridges between Mathematics and Mechanics. Ericksen retired from the department in 1991. Read the full story here.


UMN AEM Alumnus, Eugene Covert, has been selected to receive AIAA's highest honor for achievement in aeronautical science and engineering — the Reed Aeronautics Award. Covert has been on the MIT faculty since 1963. Read the full story here.

2010-04-08 The work inside the hangar continues this week as the mechanical systems are removed, including steam and ventilation systems. The demolition crews have also removed the wall that separated the space that was the TA office (formerly the machine shop) from the rest of the hangar. The large undertaking of the week is that the removal of the original steel hangar door. More info.

On Tuesday, March 30th, AEM faculty, students and staff were given their first look at the space since demolition and construction began. More info.


Prof. Krishnan Mahesh was selected to receive the George W. Taylor Award for Distinguished Research for the 2010 academic year. Department Head, Prof. Gary Balas comments that this award is recognizing his outstanding ability in research. More info.

2010-03-26 Professor Garrard was recently featured in the April edition of the IEEE Control Systems Magazine. The article was included in the People in Control section which features leaders in the reasearch area of Control Systems. Read a PDF version of the article here.
2010-03-25 After only two weeks the construction crew has made significant progress in removing the electric and mechanical systems in the building. Additionally, the walls and hallway that made up the lab space are nearly completely demolished. More info.

Professor Graham Candler and his team of researchers were recently featured on the front page of the MnDaily, the U's student newspaper. The story focuses on the team's recent selection as a contributor to an international project based out of the University of Queensland working to develop a scramjet. Read the article here.

2010-03-10 Construction of Akerman Hall Hangar begins on March 11th. Demolition is the first item on the schedule. The temporary labs constructed in 1984 will be the first to come down as well as the removal of the windows and doors. More info.
2010-03-08 Professor Roger Fosdick was selected by the Society of Engineering Science Awards Committee to receive the 2010 Engineering Science Medal. More info.
2010-02-22 Akerman Hall has been declared eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.  It was previously included as a contributing building due to it's location in the qualifying zone that makes up the Northrop Mall Historic District. This evaluation now means it's individually eligible. More info.
2010-02-15 On February 11th, the University Board of Regents formally approved the department's request to begin renovation of the Akerman Hall Hangar. Department head, Prof. Gary Balas, presented the project to the Board on... continued.

The Winter 2010 edition of AEM Update is available in PDF and print format in Akerman 107. This edition focuses on the Akerman Hall Hangar renovation as well as the 2009-2010 undergraduate scholarship recipients. Click here.

2010-01-15 Jian Sheng, assistant professor in AEM, has published a paper in the prestigious scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). More info.
2009-12-15 The department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics is pleased to announce the award of fifteen undergraduate scholarships. Top students are selected each year and recognized with a monetary gift. More info.
2009-12-07 AEM fluids faculty, Prof. Ellen Longmire, was recently included in the Inventive Women photography exhibit now featured at the Minnesota History Center. The exhibit, which will run through 2010, features the women faculty in the Institute of Technology. More info.
2009-11-29 How do solar panels work in space? Can you inexpensively measure cosmic radiation? University of Minnesota students will answer these questions and share their findings from scientific experiments recently carried by a weather balloon to an altitude of more than 100,000 feet. More info.
2009-11-17 AEM Post Doctoral Associate, Yaniv Ganor, has been selected as the 2009 Barazani Foundation Prize winner for outstanding PhD research. Ganor received his PhD from the Technion in 2008 and joined our department to work with Professor Richard James in April of 2009. More info.

The 62nd Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society's (APS) Division of Fluid Dynamics (DFD) will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota from November 22nd to 24th, 2009. The meeting is hosted by the University of Minnesota, and will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center in downtown Minneapolis. Chairing the Organizing Committee is AEM faculty member Prof. Krishnan Mahesh. More info.

2009-11-02 AEM faculty member, Graham Candler, has been selected as a McKnight Presidential Professor. There are currently only eleven individuals holding the title that extends through the duration of their careers at the University of Minnesota. More info.
2009-10-26 Prof. Tom Schwartzentruber was selected by the Air Force to receive the 2010 Young Investigators Research Program. The program was created to enhance the early career development of talented young investigators. More info.

Prof. Peter Thomson, featured in the Fall 2009 AEM Update, is an alumnus of both AEM undergraduate and graduate programs. Thomson grew up in Colombia, South America and travelled to Minnesota for his post-secondary education culminating with his doctorate in 1996. He then returned to Colombia to continue his career in academia. More info.

2009-10-07 Growing numbers of AEM undergraduates are displaying the initiative to get ‘real world’ work experience and are securing internships within the aerospace industry as part of their academic career.  More info.

Prof. Ellad Tadmor and Assistant Prof. Ryan Elliott, together with Prof. Jim Sethna at Cornell University, have been awarded a four year $2 million grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF).  More info.

2009-09-25 AEM department head Prof. Gary Balas, Dr. Pete Seiler along with 3 colleagues from the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department have just received a $1.5M grant from NSF's Cyber-Physical Systems(CPS) program. More info.

Continuing on the path of post-baccalaureate excellence, AEM welcomes another highly talented group of Graduate students to the program. More info.

2009-09-11 On September 11th, 2009, AEM hosted an opportunity for it's undergraduate and graduate students to meet with NASA Astronaut, Lt. Col. Duane "Digger" Carey. More info.
2009-09-01 Cole Kazemba, AEM senior, remembers visiting Kennedy Space Center as one of his first exposures to aerospace engineering. "It's always been something I knew I wanted to do, I never thought twice about it," Kazemba says.  More Info.

In January of 2008, Ryan Elliott received an NSF Career Award.  The project was set to study the basic mechanisms that give shape memory alloys the ability to remember their shape.  Elliott’s hopes were that the computational methods developed would provide fresh perspective on the fundamental principles governing the behavior of active materials.  More Info.

2009-07-08 Nearly 100 university instructors and students from 21 states saw their experiments rise to the sky at 5:30 a.m. on the morning of June 26 with the successful launch of a NASA suborbital sounding rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. More Info.
2009-06-11 Sponsored by the Institute of Technology and housed in the Department of Aersopace Engineering and Mechanics, the Solar Vehicle project has continued to expand and compete in competitions across the country. More Info.

Two teams from the BAEM program participated in the Boeing National Flight Competition which held in Las Vegas, NV each year. More Info.


We are pleased to announce that the Aerospace Department Chairs Association (ADCA) selected AEM department head, Professor Gary Balas as the Chair of the association through 2010. More Info.


On Friday, May 8th, AEM undergrads saw the light at the end of the tunnel. Though finals still laid ahead for many in the following week, AEM students participated in IT's commencement ceremony, graduating from the University of Minnesota...  More info.


Professor Richard James was selected to receive the 2009 Brown Engineering Alumni Medal from Brown University.The award was introduced in 1997 as a means of recognizing distinguished Engineering alumni. More info.


Sixty-five teams from the eastern hemisphere of the globe showed up to compete in this competition.  Teams came from all over the globe including South America, Mexico, Canada, Poland and India. More info.

2009-04-02 The AIAA UMN undergraduate student group is taking on the honorable task of hosting and managing the 2009 AIAA Midwest Regional Student Conference. More information.
2009-02-18 Each year departments across the University nominate their most promising junior faculty for the Graduate School's McKnight Land-Grant Professorship program. We are pleased to announce that this year, AEM faculty member, Ryan Elliott was nominated and selected to receive this award. More...
2009-02-13 Demoz Gebre-Egziabher is the faculty adviser for the two-year competition sponsored by the U.S. Airforce. Since Gebre-Ebziabher’s research involves Global Positioning Systems, the University’s nanosatellite projects have tried to use it in novel ways. More...

Tom and Karen Pierce (AeroEng 80, 81) were featured in the most recent issue of Inventing Tomorrow. The article highlights their experiences working in the industry in the far east over the span of the last fifteen years. More...


Long time friend and retired staff, Roger Erickson, passed away on December 10th. Erickson retired from his work in the AEM research shop in 1983 after working with faculty and students for over forty years. More..

2008-11-25 AEM Alumni Nina Tortosa was recently featured in the Alumni Association's quarterly publication, Minnesota. Tortosa has been a key contributor in the development of General Motors' (GM) new fuel efficient vehicle the Chevrolet Volt, due to hit markets in 2010. More...
2008-11-24 AEM faculty member, Graham Candler, has been selected as one of six 2009 National Security  Science And Engineering Fellow selected from a pool of over 650 nominations. More...
2008-10-22 The Walker Art Museum recently brought Museo Aero Solar, ‘The First Flying Museum,’ to the Twin Cities which included a collaboration between the artist, Tomas Saraceno, and AEM faculty members James Flaten (Associate Director of the MN Space Grant Consortium) and Perry Leo. More...
2008-09-24 Welcome Week began the last week of August as students returned to campus. The University’s Welcome Week is designed to acclimate new students to campus. Within AEM, the week began with our new graduate student orientation and was concluded with the campus wide College Day which focused on incoming freshmen. More...
2008-08-04 The night before the University's solar team was to begin its North American Solar Challenge Race in Texas, a piece of the car's equipment completely failed - and team members thought they might be out immediately. The full story was reported in the Minnesota Daily.
2008-08-04 Three U of MN AEM graduates participated directly in the recently landed Mars Phoenix mission.  Jim Chase (BAEM 1999), Scott Doudrick (MS 1997) and Maria Schellpfeffer  (BS 2003) all participated in the Mars exploration mission which has been developing since August of 2003. More...
2008-05-22 Azeem Khan is helping to take aviation to new heights. Khan, a former NASA intern and Nanosat-4 alum, now works as software engineer at Rockwell Collins in the field of next generation avionics. His team is developing the electronic instrument displays known as the “glass cockpit.”

Each year approximately two hundred students are nominated to receive the Graduate School’s highly competitive Best Dissertation Award.  We are pleased to announce that AEM alum, Liping Liu, has been selected to receive this award. More...

2008-05-16 We are pleased to announce that Prof. Richard James has been selected to receive two prestigious awards this fall in recognition of his leadership and research contributions.  More...
2008-05-16 The University of Minnesota and the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics recently honored Parviz Moin with an Outstanding Achievement Award for his work on direct numerical simulations and large-eddy simulation of turbulent flows. Moin is an alumnus of the University (’74) and currently serves as Franklin P. and Caroline M. Johnson Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. More...
2008-05-12 On Friday, May 9, AEM undergrads participated in IT's commencement ceremony, graduating from the University of Minnesota after much hard work and dedication. In their honor, AEM held a graduating seniors' reception before commencement, where student projects were displayed and accomplishments lauded. More...

At the recently-held Aero Design West competition, dozens of teams designed and fabricated planes with the aim to carry as large a mass as possible. One AEM student team took first place overall (micro class) and another team took 11th place overall (regular class). More...


Richard James, Russel J. Penrose and Distinguished McKnight Professor, has been funded by the Air Force to determine the applicability of his recent research into objective structures to improved antennae for micro air vehicles. More..

2008-04-06 The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) has selected David K. Holger, Ph.D., as its 2008-2009 President- Elect. He is a three-time AEM graduate, receiving his bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees from the University of Minnesota in 1970, 1971 and 1974, respectively. More..
2008-04-02 What started as undergraduate research for AEM senior Troy Wigton has turned into what he expects will be a lifelong hobby, perhaps even a career. Working for Prof. Demoz Gebre-Egziabher, Wigton researched and fabricated the Unicorn – a Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) that students around the department now use as a platform to test avionics. More..
2008-03-26 Tom Jakel and Riley Rindt were working on Flight Dynamics homework together when they each got the call. Rindt and Jakel, both juniors in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Minnesota, had been selected to take one of the 34 positions in the Honeywell Innovators program, a worldwide scholarship and internship search. More..
2008-03-01 For Doug Storey, a junior in AEM, it’s all about research experience.
Storey joined AEM in fall 2007 after receiving a bachelor of science in physics at the University of Winnipeg More..
2008-02-27 The Washington Post has printed an obituary on Mr. Adams, an AEM alumnus, aerospace expert and contributor to the field. More..
2008-02-20 The Spring 2008 edition of AEM Update is available. This edition focuses on excellent research being conducted by faculty, as well as graduate students. Additionally, alumni in industry (GE, NASA, and Honeywell, respectively) are profiled.
2008-02-12 Vibhor Bageshwar, a recent Ph.D. graduate in Aerospace Systems, worked on quantifying the performance limitations of the industry-standard Kalman filter both in theory and in practical applications such as attitude determination systems. Bageshwar is set to start at Honeywell this February, where he will continue to work on concepts he developed during his Ph.D. More..
2008-02-06 In his education, AEM alumnus Jun Cui sought balance. With a theoretical background in mathematics and mechanics, Cui says AEM was a natural fit due to the expertise of his adviser, AEM Professor Richard James. More..
2008-01-31 Development of the Ares I launch vehicle, which is headed up by AEM alumnus Steve Cook, is well underway. What follows is a question-and-answer with Mr. Cook regarding the state of the Ares project. More..
2008-01-28 On Tuesday, January 22, Trina Ray from NASA JPL talked about the Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn. A synchronized slideshow on the talk is now available. More...
2008-01-08 For a computer and space aficionado, NASA is a natural choice and likely to be a good fit. For alumnus Michael Wright, that aspiration proved a bit greater. After graduating with a doctorate from the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, Wright brought an alrgorithm he had developed at AEM to NASA. Just 10 years later, the code that evolved from this algorithm is in ubiquitous use at several NASA centers and in industry More...
2007-12-30 Ryan Elliott, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics (AEM), has been awarded a 5-year National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant to develop new tools for the identification of “active materials” that could be incorporated into a new generation of sensors and actuators. The grant is part of Program Manager Dr. Shih-Chi Liu’s “Sensor Innovation and Systems” program in the NSF Directorate for Engineering under the Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI). More...
2007-12-17 In December of 2007, Thomas E. Schwartzentruber joined the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics as an Assistant Professor on the Fluid Mechanics faculty. More...
2007-12-11 A recent report from The Chronicle of Higher Education on Faculty Scholarship Productivity places AEM at #1 for <20 faculty, #2 for percentage of faculty with journal publication cited by another work, #5 overall for public universities and #10 for all institutions among Aerospace Engineering programs nationwide. More...

Ethics and discussion surrounding potential applications of research are incorporated throughout the AEM curriculum. These conversations are intended to assist students and are especially pronounced in AEM 4331: Aerospace Vehicle Design I. Under the tutalage of Industrial Professor Jeff Hammer, students undertake vehicle or system design projects and discuss the ethics in the aerospace industry. The Minnesota Daily covered the class and how ethics play a role in student study.

2007-12-06 With expertise from its staff and help from faculty like Gary Balas, the U's Academic and Corporate Relations Center assists hundreds of businesses each year, as described by UMNnews.
2007-11-13 AEM Professor Richard James recently delivered the Penrose Lecture at the McNamara Alumni Center. James is a Russell J. Penrose Professor, a chair in AEM endowed by Russell Penrose. More... View James' presentation (Flash required, broadband recommended)
2007-10-30 The Minnesota Daily explores the NASA internships offered through MnSGC and profiles AEM student Mark Stole in the process. Read more on the NASA interns here.

David Hauth, an AEM senior at University of Minnesota, is one of only eight students in the United States, and one of only 18 in the world, selected to participate in the prestigious 'Honeywell Innovators' program. More...
David was also profiled in the Pioneer Press.


NASA on Tuesday selected The Boeing Co., Huntsville, Ala., as the contractor to provide manufacturing support for design and construction of the upper stage of the Ares I rocket. AEM alumnus Steve Cook heads Ares development for NASA's Constellation program. More...

2007-09-01 Several of the NASA interns previously covered in AEM Spotlight have issued their final reports for their respective summer projects: Erik Semrud, Abdul Khan, Mark Stole, Sam Zarovy
2007-07-19 Students from Farnsworth Elementary recently took a detailed tour and viewed the innards of Akerman Hall. More...
2007-07-13 Eleven Minnesota student (many from AEM) are interning at NASA over the summer through the Minnesota Space Grant Consortium.
2007-07-12 U's entry into Nanosat-4 finishes strong, students begin next round
2007-07-10 The newly-formed AEM ballooning team is preparing to launch their first research payload
2007-06-26 An AEM alumna was recognized by NASA for technology achievements
2007-06-21 Professor Graham Candler was involved in the creation of the Mach 10-capable scramjet that recently launched .
2007-05-22 Major construction on all three Akerman remodels is complete. Click here to view detailed information and photos from each project.
2007-05-07 Congratulations to AEM graduates! Click here to view photos from the undergraduate reception and the featured slideshow.
2007-05-01 AEM alumnus Steve Cook is profiled in today's Daily, where he talks about AEM, NASA, and humankind's aims in space
2007-05-01 Both the Minnesota Daily and the University's E-news report on AEM's own Minnesat program, their recent competition, and Minnesat's future (Nanosat-5 starts in January)
2007-04-18 Students conduct scientific experiments (and have fun) in microgravity
2007-04-10 AEM alumnus Eugene Covert honored with Outstanding Achivement Award
2007-03-28 Professor Ellen Longmire is the recipient of the 2007 Distinguished Women Scholars Award.
2007-03-28 Members of the MnSGC showed off hovercraft to attendees at the IT Family Fun Fair.
2007-03-23 Students left today to compete in the final stages of Nanosat-4, where they are vying for the chance to launch their custom-built satellite into space.
2007-03-22 Professor William Garrard was recently recognized by ASEE and the AIAA for excellence in teaching.
2007-03-17 Department Head Gary Balas is among four IT faculty members (and six professors University-wide) selected as Distinguished McKnight Professors.
2007-03-13 Construction is underway in Akerman Hall. Check here for new pictures, updated semiweekly.
2007-02-16 Professor Candler is the recipient of the AIAA's 2007 Thermophysics award
2007-02-05 Hard copies of the 2005-2006 AEM Update newsletter are available in front of the AEM main office.
2007-01-29 Minnesota Space Grant Consortium educates students with hovercrafts on the physics of freefall
2006-12-15 AEM alumnus Steve Cook heads NASA launch vehicle development
2006-12-14 Research conducted by McKnight Land-Grant Professor Demoz Gebre-Egziabher is set to modernize the unmanned vehicles sector.
2006-12-11 University alumnus Peter Torvik was recently named an honorary Fellow by the Ohio Academy of Science.
2006-12-04 University alumnus Paul Dye speaks to undergraduates

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