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.
|2013-4-25||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 Franšaise 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|
|2013-3-12||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|
|2013-3-5||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.|
|2013-2-21||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.|
|2013-2-14||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.|
|2013-1-24||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|
|2013-1-16||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|
|2012-10-8||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|
|2012-10-8||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).|
|2012-9-18||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|
|2012-9-17||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 NASAs 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|
|2012-9-13||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|
|2012-9-10||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|
|2012-9-4||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|
|2012-8-17||The University of Minnesotas 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|
|2012-8-16||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|
|2012-8-6||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|
|2012-8-3||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|
|2012-8-2||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|
|2012-7-17||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|
|2012-7-17||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|
|2012-6-29||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|
|2012-6-19||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|
|2012-5-22||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|
|2012-5-15||Congratulations to this years 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|
|2012-5-15||Congratulations to the graduating Masters and PhD students for all of their accomplishments! The Arts, Sciences, and Engineering Graduate Commencement Ceremony took place on Friday, April 27. Five AEM Masters and PhD students participated in the ceremony. More info|
|2012-4-25||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|
|2012-3-28||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|
|2012-2-20||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|
|2012-2-09||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|
|2012-2-09||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|
|2012-1-20||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|
|2012-1-11||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 Caltechs 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 Longmires 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 Energys 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|
|2011-9-29||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
|2011-6-28||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. Click here to read the whole story.|
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.|
|2010-2-22||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.|
|2010-2-15||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.
|2010-1-15||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.|
|2009-12-7||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-Ebziabhers research involves Global Positioning Systems, the Universitys 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...|
|2008-9-24||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...|
|2008-8-4||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.|
|2008-8-4||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...|
|2008-5-22||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...
|2008-5-16||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...|
|2008-5-16||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...|
|2008-5-12||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..
|2008-4-6||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..|
|2008-4-2||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..|
|2008-3-26||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..|
|2008-3-1|| For Doug Storey, a junior in AEM, it’s all about
Storey joined AEM in fall 2007 after receiving a bachelor of science in physics at the University of Winnipeg More..
|2008-2-27||The Washington Post has printed an obituary on Mr. Adams, an AEM alumnus, aerospace expert and contributor to the field. More..|
|2008-2-20||The Spring 2008 edition of AEM Update is available in HTML, PDF and print format in Akerman 107. 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. More..|
|2008-2-12||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..|
|2008-2-6||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..|
|2008-1-31||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..|
|2008-1-28||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...|
|2008-1-8||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.
|2007-12-6||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'
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...
|2007-9-1||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|
|2007-7-19||Students from Farnsworth Elementary recently took a detailed tour and viewed the innards of Akerman Hall. More...|
|2007-7-13||Eleven Minnesota student (many from AEM) are interning at NASA over the summer through the Minnesota Space Grant Consortium.|
|2007-7-12||U's entry into Nanosat-4 finishes strong, students begin next round|
|2007-7-10||The newly-formed AEM ballooning team is preparing to launch their first research payload|
|2007-6-26||An AEM alumna was recognized by NASA for technology achievements|
|2007-6-21||Professor Graham Candler was involved in the creation of the Mach 10-capable scramjet that recently launched .|
|2007-5-22||Major construction on all three Akerman remodels is complete. Click here to view detailed information and photos from each project.|
|2007-5-7||Congratulations to AEM graduates! Click here to view photos from the undergraduate reception and the featured slideshow.|
|2007-5-1||AEM alumnus Steve Cook is profiled in today's Daily, where he talks about AEM, NASA, and humankind's aims in space|
|2007-5-1||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)|
|2007-4-18||Students conduct scientific experiments (and have fun) in microgravity|
|2007-4-10||AEM alumnus Eugene Covert honored with Outstanding Achivement Award|
|2007-3-28||Professor Ellen Longmire is the recipient of the 2007 Distinguished Women Scholars Award.|
|2007-3-28||Members of the MnSGC showed off hovercraft to attendees at the IT Family Fun Fair.|
|2007-3-23||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.|
|2007-3-22||Professor William Garrard was recently recognized by ASEE and the AIAA for excellence in teaching.|
|2007-3-17||Department Head Gary Balas is among four IT faculty members (and six professors University-wide) selected as Distinguished McKnight Professors.|
|2007-3-13||Construction is underway in Akerman Hall. Check here for new pictures, updated semiweekly.|
|2007-2-16||Professor Candler is the recipient of the AIAA's 2007 Thermophysics award|
|2007-2-5||Hard copies of the 2005-2006 AEM Update newsletter are available in front of the AEM main office, PDF and HTML versions are now available.|
|2007-1-29||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.|
|2006-12-4||University alumnus Paul Dye speaks to undergraduates|
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