Aerospace Engineering Colloquium

The Aerospace Engineering Colloquium (AE 598) is a required course that satisfies the professional development component of the Master of Aerospace Engineering (MAE).MAE students are required to complete nine (9) credits of colloquium participation to satisfy the degree requirements. Only students admitted into the MAE degree program are eligible to enroll in this course for credit. However, all students and faculty are welcome to attend.

Topics may include current research and advances in aerospace technology as well as other themes relevant to the professional development of aerospace engineers. To earn credit for this course, students must complete a required set of writing assignments.

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Archive: Previous Colloquia


2013 - 2014:  Autumn   Winter  Spring
2014 - 2015:  Autumn   Winter  Spring

 

Autumn 2014

Mondays, 4:00 - 5:00 pm
216 Loew Hall

Faculty Coordinator: Prof. Kuen Lin



September 29 - First Meeting

MAE Colloquium Overview

Welcome and Introduction to MAE Colloquium

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October 6

Surviving & Thriving in Graduate School

Based on input from past and current graduate students, Prof. Edwards will share strategies to help you make the most of your graduate experience (and even maintain your sanity and home life while you are at it).  

Come prepared to ask questions, offer insights, and share resources with your peers.  The UW Graduate School will connect you with resources, tips, and tools  to help you survive in this strange land called academia.


Presentation Slides (pdf)

Suggested Readings:
(1) "What I Learned About Surviving Graduate School", The Chronicle of Higher Education (March 2012)
(2) "How Does She Do It?", The Fairhall Lab (Blog)

 



October 13

Pushback Rate Control: The Design and Field-Testing of an Airport Congestion Control Algorithm

Increased congestion on the airport surface has increased taxi times, fuel consumption, and emissions. In this talk, Prof. Balakrishnan will describe how operational data can be used to develop and validate queuing models of airport operations. These models yield new insights on the effect of different factors such as weather, runway usage, and aircraft fleet mix on airport performance. They also help predict the behavior of an airport under different operating conditions.

Prof. Balakrishnan will then show that these queuing models can be used to design Pushback Rate Control, a new airport congestion control technique to regulate the rate at which flights push back from their gates. The algorithm computes optimal pushback rates using approximate dynamic programming, but equally important, is a method that can be implemented in practice because it works in concert with human air traffic controllers. To evaluate the effectiveness and practicality of the algorithm, we conducted field tests with our implementation at Boston's Logan Airport. She will describe the results of these field tests and what was learned in the process.


Presentation Slides (pdf)

Suggested Readings:
(1) Simaiakis, I; Balakrishnan, H., "Dynamic control of airport departures: Algorithm development and field evaluation," American Control Conference (ACC), 2012 , vol., no., pp.1695,1701, 27-29 June 2012
(2) Sandberg, M.; Simaiakis, I; Balakrishnan, H.; Reynolds, T.G.; Hansman, R.J., "A Decision Support Tool for the Pushback Rate Control of Airport Departures," Human-Machine Systems, IEEE Transactions on , vol.44, no.3, pp.416,421, June 2014

 



October 20

Aerospace Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering (AerosPACE)

  • Michael Richey, Associate Technical Fellow
    Learning, Training, and Development, The Boeing Company

For large companies in aerospace industries, almost 50% of current employees will be eligible for retirement within 5 years. Aerospace Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering (AerosPACE) is a collaborative University-Industry partnership with the vision of developing a integrated engineering design course that motivates students to enter the aerospace profession and fills gaps in student competencies related to working in the globalized workplace. Acknowledging that traditional undergraduate programs may not fully equip graduates with all critical skills needed for the complex challenges of the 21st century, the purpose of this lecture is to present the fundamental concept and overall architecture for a unique capstone program where geographically dispersed, multi-university, multi-disciplinary teams of students collaborate with industrial professionals on challenging aerospace designs.


Presentation Slides (pdf)

Suggested Readings:
(1) TBA
(2) TBA

 



October 27

The Innovative Imperative

The aerospace industry has a century-long track record of continuous improvement and innovation. There are many market, regulatory, and technological drivers pushing the development of aircraft. Through the lens of airplane performance improvement with structural technology, this presentatoin will discuss how innovation translates to market value and why innovation can seem to take a very long time to mature, followed by explosive growth in introduction rate.


Presentation Slides (pdf)

Suggested Readings:
(1) TBA
(2) TBA

 



November 3

Title Coming Soon!

Abstract Coming Soon!


Presentation Slides (pdf)

Suggested Readings:
(1) TBD
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November 10

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Suggested Readings:
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November 17

The Right Kind of Crazy: Engineering the Mars Science Laboratory Entry, Descent and Landing System

Abstract Coming Soon!


Presentation Slides (pdf)

Suggested Readings:
(1) TBD
(2) TBD




November 24

No Colloquium This Week

 



December 1

Aircraft Noise

Abstract Coming Soon!


Presentation Slides (pdf)

Suggested Readings:
(1) TBD
(2) TBD