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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.

Headshot Kristi Morgansen

Wed, 05/26/2021 | College of Engineering

Engineering Equity

Kristi Morgansen reflects on the value of the UW ADVANCE program as it supports gender equity in the STEM field.

Cat Hannahs

Mon, 05/24/2021 | University of Washington

Cat Hannahs makes the Husky 100

Senior Cat Hannahs joins the exclusive annual list of 100 students who are making the most of their time at the UW.

A coral reef with orange fish swimming around

Tue, 04/20/2021 | UW News

Analyzing the barely perceptible

Researchers from A&A's Laboratory for Engineered Materials and Structures refine image-analysis methods to capture subtle coral movements.

Mehran Mesbahi

Fri, 04/16/2021 | UW Aero & Astro

Mesbahi appointed J. Ray Bowen Endowed Professor

Mehran Mesbahi receives this honor for excellence in educational innovation and curriculum development.

Gloria Yin

Tue, 04/13/2021 | UW Aero & Astro

Gloria Yin wins AIAA second for origami wave isolation

Gloria Yin wins AIAA second place for research showing potential of using origami for wave isolation.

Michelle Graebner

Mon, 04/12/2021 | UW Aero & Astro

Graebner wins AIAA first place for Z pinch research

Undergraduate Michelle Graebner wins first for her work on the potential application of a Z pinch for space travel.

carbon fiber

Tue, 03/23/2021 | Department of Mechanical Engineering

The carbon fiber state

Advanced Composites Center co-director Marco Salviato speaks to the versatility of carbon fiber composite and its big role here in Washington.

Kristi Morgansen

Fri, 02/26/2021 | UW Aero & Astro

Morgansen elected AIAA Fellow

AIAA elects Chair Kristi Morgansen as one of only 28 Fellows this year, one of the highest honors in aerospace.


Thu, 02/18/2021 | UW Aero & Astro

New law of physics finds a sweet spot for aircraft efficiency

A&A researchers in the Computational Fluid Mechanics Lab prove the existence of a new law of physics.