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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.

Two photos next to each other, both showing the prototype reactor. On the left has the injectors (three arcs in the middle of the reactor) highlighted, the right is busier but shows a more zoomed out photo with the injectors and the transmission lines labeled.

Fri, 07/23/2021 | UW News

Gaming graphics card allows faster, more precise control of fusion energy experiments

A&A researchers are borrowing advances from computer gaming, using a GPU to control their prototype fusion reactor.

A spring day on the University of Washington campus

Thu, 07/22/2021 | UW News

20 UW researchers elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences for 2021

A&A Chair Kristi Morgansen is among 20 UW researchers elected to WSAS

Marco Salviato Headshot

Wed, 06/30/2021 | UW Aero & Astro

Salviato selected for NAE Symposium

Marco Salviato is among 83 early-career engineers invited to take part in this selective program.

Alaska Airlines Boeing

Wed, 06/30/2021 | UW Aero & Astro

A&A research takes flight

A&A sensing research out of the Nonlinear Dynamics & Control Lab is flying on the 2021 Boeing ecoDemonstrator.

2021 capstone team awards thumbnail

Tue, 06/29/2021 | UW Aero & Astro

2021 Capstone team awards

We announce the winners of the 2021 Capstone Film Fest and the Technical Excellence Awards.

small jet in the sky

Tue, 06/15/2021 | University of Washington Magazine

New law of physics

UW researchers have discovered a new law of physics that will affect the future of aircraft design.

Scott Crossfield in astronaut suit

Tue, 06/15/2021 | University of Washington Magazine

Scott Crossfield

This A&A alumnus ('49, '50) was the first to fly at twice the speed of sound, laying the groundwork to go into space.

Student Excellence Awards

Fri, 06/11/2021 | UW Aero & Astro

A&A Student Excellence Awards 2021

We introduce you to the six students who received this year’s awards for Research, Teaching, and Service.

Anita Gale

Fri, 06/04/2021 | UW Aero & Astro

Anita Gale is the 2021 A&A Distinguished Alumna

Gale, inspiring the next generation of space pioneers, is our latest recipient of the department’s highest award.

Zap Energy Photo

Wed, 05/26/2021 | GeekWire

Seattle startup ZaP Energy lands $27.5M to build commercial fusion reactor without magnets

A&A's Flow Z-Pinch Lab spinoff ZaP Energy has landed $27.5M to build commercial reactor without magnets.