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2022 research showcase Aero & Astro

Tue, 07/12/2022

2022 A&A Research Showcase

A&A organized our 1st Annual Research Showcase featuring cutting-edge research projects from our graduate students. 

fusion energy development illustration

Mon, 07/11/2022

Fusion energy is finally getting its moment

Investment in fusion energy, including in A&A’s research and spinoffs, is taking off with advances in computing.

Student Excellence Awards

Thu, 07/07/2022

A&A Student Excellence Awards 2022

We are pleased to announce the 2022 cohort of students honored by our department-wide Student Excellence Awards!

2022 Capstone team awards

Mon, 06/27/2022

2022 capstone team awards

We announce the winners of the 2022 Capstone Film Fest and the Technical Excellence Awards.
 

Zap Energy's Z-Pinch

Wed, 06/22/2022 | GeekWire

More funding for fusion: Seattle startup lands $160M and reveals technology breakthrough

GeekWire quotes A&A's Chris Hansen about the breakthrough of Uri Shumlak's spinoff company.

Zap Energy's executive team

Wed, 06/22/2022 | New York Times

A Big Step Toward Fusion Energy Is Hailed by a Seattle Start-Up

Uri Shumlak's Zap Energy hit a key milestone, putting the company close to reaching the energy break-even point.

Reiner Decher

Wed, 06/22/2022

Reiner Decher is writing about the mechanics and history of aerospace for the masses

A&A professor emeritus Reiner Decher is writing about the mechanics and history of aerospace for the curious.
 

Daniel Crews headshot

Wed, 06/22/2022

Paper by Daniel Crews wins IEEE first place

Crews’s paper on the validity of quasilinear theory wins best student paper at IEEE Conference

Howard Hu

Wed, 06/01/2022 | UW Magazine

From 'Star Wars' to the stars

NASA is going back tot he moon and planning to land humans on Mars, thanks in part to Orion manager Howard Hu ('91, '94)

Gary Lai and his crewmates

Sun, 05/29/2022 | UW Magazine

Gary Lai, '99, helps lead Blue Origin into space

Gary Lai was one of the first 20 employees of Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin aerospace company. In March, he joined five other passengers for the company's fourth manned suborbital space flight.

Catherine and Mike Taniguchi

Tue, 05/24/2022

Mike Taniguchi (‘71) is the 2022 A&A Distinguished Alum

Mike Taniguchi, expert in liquid rocket propulsion, is the 2022 Distinguished Alum.
 

Nanobubbles

Mon, 04/11/2022

NSF supports our research into why nanofoams are full of surprises

NSF supports an A&A and ME collaborative investigation of a novel new material.
 

Carter Vu and his colleagues

Thu, 03/31/2022 | UW Foster Blog

Environmental Innovation Challenge rewards student ventures

A&A's Carter Vu earned the Grand Prize in the 2022 Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge for a plastic recycling process.

UW campus and US News logo

Mon, 03/28/2022 | UW News

UW graduate and professional disciplines again place high in US News’ best graduate school rankings

A&A's graduate program ranks 17th in aerospace engineering, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Stephanie Bostwick (far right) teaches engineering at Northwest Indian College on Lummi Nation land near Bellingham, WA.

Fri, 03/25/2022 | Clean Energy Institute

Microgrids for energy sovereignty

Alumna Stephanie Bostwick aims to bring clean energy to her classroom at Northwest Indian College and to the Lummi Nation.

Gary Lai with the New Shepard capsule.

Mon, 03/21/2022 | GeekWire

Blue Origin gives ‘SNL’ comedian Pete Davidson’s suborbital seat to the spaceship’s chief architect

Gary Lai (A&A '99), Blue Origin's chief architect for the New Shepard launch system, gets a ticket to space.

Casey Dunn, Finn Van Donkelaar, and James Penna

Wed, 03/16/2022 | GeekWire

Wave Motion wins $1.3M award to work on prototype jet-gun launcher for U.S. Navy

A start-up founded by three A&A alumni won $1.3M from the U.S. Navy to develop a barrel-less space launcher technology.

 

blue and green plasma flow Illustration

Tue, 03/01/2022

NSF invests in UW’s plasma modeling

The National Science Foundation invests in our labs to advance plasma modeling for propulsion and cleaner energy.
 

Howard Hu

Mon, 02/28/2022 | NASA

NASA Promotes Howard Hu to Lead Orion Ahead of First Artemis Mission

Howard Hu will lead NASA's Orion as the program prepares to send its first uncrewed flight test around the Moon.

Astronaut walking on Mars

Mon, 02/14/2022

Space matters

SPARC sets the course for space research and policy partnerships in the Pacific Northwest.

Mayim Bialek and Kaden Lee on Jeopardy!

Thu, 02/10/2022 | GeekWire

Univ. of Washington student tests trivia smarts in 'Jeopardy! National College Championship'

A&A's Kaden Lee speaks with GeekWire about competing on Jeopardy!

Rao Varanasi & Usha Varanasi

Wed, 01/26/2022

Rao and Usha Varanasi receive 2022 Diamond Award

Rao (A&A PhD '68) and Usha Varanasi are the 2022 UW College of Engineering Diamond Award Honorees for Distinguished Service.

Group photo of six people

Fri, 01/14/2022

SEDS wins two chapter awards at SpaceVision

SEDS is a burgeoning chapter at UW, recently winning the Chapter of the Year award and the Chapter Diversity award.
 

Abhiram Aithal headshot

Wed, 01/05/2022

Aithal awarded Condit Fellowship

Abhiram Aithal chosen as the Condit Dissertation Year Fellow, a new award to help PhD students finish their degree.
 

Behçet Açıkmeşe headshot

Thu, 12/09/2021

Behçet Açıkmeşe elevated to 2022 IEEE Fellow

Professor Açıkmeşe voted IEEE Fellow for optimization-based nonlinear control and planetary landing systems.