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Thu, 10/15/2015

UW-Boeing Fly-by-Wire Controls Research Collaboration Announced

We are very pleased to announce the establishment of a new research collaboration between our department and the Boeing Company in the area of high-performance fly-by-wire flight control technology. Flight control involves a wide array of issues surrounding the design and implementation of control laws for aircraft longitudinal and lateral dynamics during distinct flight envelops. As Boeing moves towards the development of highly efficient airplanes, flight controls have been pushed towards more optimized control system architectures and designs. This push in turn has direct implications for the product development design cycle and comprehensive system-wide optimization and integration. Facilitated by advances in optimization-based techniques for control system design and the availability of analysis and synthesis approaches for nonlinear control, in this project, the UW research team has proposed the initiation of a long term relationship between the controls group at the William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Flight Controls group at Boeing. The project is led by Professors Mehran Mesbahi and Kristi Morgansen at UW and Dr. Kioumars Najmabadi at Boeing.

Wed, 10/14/2015

AIAA Award goes to Dr. Waas

Professor and Chair Anthony Waas has been selected to receive the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Award for 2016. This award is presented to an individual who has been responsible for an outstanding recent technical or scientific contribution in aerospace structures, structural dynamics, or materials. Professor Waas was recognized for his pioneering contributions to the development of the innovative, experimentally validated, computational methods for progressive damage analysis of polymer and hot ceramic composite materials and structures. He will be honored at the AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition held January 4-8, 2016 in San Diego, California.

Sat, 08/22/2015

JCATI Collaboration in the Columbia Gorge

On August 20, 2015, a team of UW Engineering Students joined industry partners in the Columbia Gorge to begin work on a new Joint Center for Aerospace Technology & Innovation (JCATI) project focused on developing both hardware and software components necessary to perform seamless UAS operations and monitoring in GPS-denied environments. This system would help maintain aircraft tracking and situational awareness in the event of loss of GPS by an Unmanned Aircraft, allowing for safe integration of UAS into the National Airspace System. The developed set of tools and protocols would increase shared situation awareness between relevant aviation stakeholders such as UAS operators and air-traffic control centers.

This project was awarded by JCATI to UW PI Dr. Christopher Lum and UW Professor Emeritus Juris Vagners in collaboration with Hood Tech Corp, ANPC, Sagetech, and Insitu.

Tue, 08/18/2015

From Ram Accelerator to SpaceX Engineer

Isaac Statnekov’s passion for aerospace began early. His grandfather, who worked on the Saturn Rocket at McDonnell Douglas Corp., encouraged Isaac to pursue engineering. Isaac studied aerospace books as a child, and in high school, wrote a 40 page paper on the history of aeronautics in the twentieth century. He began a research project in his first quarter in A&A, working with Professor Carl Knowlen on the Ram Accelerator, and later on fabrication of a prototype shock wave reactor, work that continued through his senior year. Read more...

Tue, 08/11/2015 | UW Today

$4.8M ARPA-E Awarded to Shumlak

DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced $30 million in funding for nine groundbreaking new projects aimed at developing prototype technologies to explore new pathways for fusion power, and one of the recipients is the team led by Uri Shumlak, Associate Chair for Research and Professor in Aeronautics & Astronautics. Prof. Uri Shumlak received $4.8 million for “Development of a Compact Fusion Device based on the Flow Z-Pinch".

Tue, 08/11/2015 | GeekWire

A&A Grad student finalist for the Next MacGyver

Nao Murakami, a PhD student working with Prof. Robert Winglee, reached the finals for selection of pilot scripts for the new show The Next MacGyver.

Over 2000 scripts were submitted, and Nao's was one of 12 to reach the finals. She attended the final competition in LA where five scripts were selected from the 12. You can read about Nao's vision for the show on UW News. The full story was published on Geekwire.

Wed, 11/30/2022 | UW Aero & Astro

Message from the Chair

Wed, 11/30/2022

Ed Connery selected to receive Distinguished Graduate Program Advisor Award

This university-wide award is given annually to a staff member who does an outstanding job serving their graduate program. The criteria for the award are: 1) an effective liaison between the graduate program and the Graduate School, 2) a proactive advisor for students regarding their graduate studies and Graduate School policies and processes and, 3) a proactive advisor for the Graduate Program Coordinators and Chairs regarding Graduate School policies and processes.

Please join us in congratulating Ed on his achievement!