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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.


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.

Samuel Buckner headshot

Wed, 11/24/2021

Samuel Buckner is the newest A&A ARCS Scholar

A&A doctoral student Samuel Buckner received an ARCS Scholarship to create new technologies and expand innovation.

Chris Hansen

Sat, 11/06/2021 | GeekWire

The buzz about fusion energy: Expert explains industry’s ‘reinvigoration’ as tech attracts VC dollars

A&A’s Chris Hansen talks fusion energy with GeekWire, discussing the current industry state as VC dollars flood in.

W on campus

Mon, 10/25/2021 | UW College of Arts & Sciences

The Math Alliance expands diversity in STEM through mentorship

The math mentorship program preparing underrepresented students for STEM graduate programs comes to the UW with A&A support.

High altitude view of the Earth at night

Tue, 10/12/2021

WA Space Grant moves to A&A

The renowned NASA program's relocation to A&A will help strengthen hands-on student learning.

UW building light up in purple

Tue, 10/05/2021

Strategic Plan 2021-2026

Engineering for the public good pursues solutions to improve the quality of life for all – whether in infrastructure, technology, transportation, health, environment or manufacturing.

Antonino Ferrante

Mon, 09/27/2021 | AIAA

AIAA Announces its Class of 2022 Associate Fellows

A&A’s Antonino Ferrante makes the 2022 Class of AIAA Associate Fellows.


Zap Energy Logo

Wed, 09/01/2021 | CoMotion

University of Washington spinoff, Zap Energy, on track to power the planet

Zap Energy is paving the way to commercially scalable low-carbon fusion.

Perseverance Rover Decelerating in the Martian Atmosphere (Illustration)

Thu, 08/12/2021 | UW Aero & Astro

Nailing the landings in space

A&A is solving the challenges of how and where to land on the Moon, Mars and beyond.



Kristi Morgansen headshot

Wed, 07/28/2021 | UW Aero & Astro

Kristi Morgansen elected to Washington State Academy of Sciences

Chair Kristi Morgansen joins the WA State Academy of Sciences, receiving one of only 38 spots offered this year.