Heather P. Ross has spent her career in the aviation industry, as an engineer, military transport pilot, commercial airline pilot, customer demonstration pilot, engineering test pilot, speaker, mentor, and educator.
Chris Lum discusses the Autonomous Flight Systems Laboratory, which brings undergraduates, graduates, and professors together to research commercial and humanitarian applications of drones.
Senior Alexis Harroun has been selected as a 2017 College of Engineering Dean's Medalist for Academic Excellence. She has the distinction of being the first student from the William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics to have been given this honor.
Sierra Adibi, a PhD student in the William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics, has just received a National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship. Sierra’s is currently working with Professor Kristi Morgansen in the Nonlinear Dynamics and Control Laboratory on novel applications of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in GPS-denied environments.
Doctoral student Dillon Foight, who works with Professor Anshu Narang-Siddarth, is the recipient of a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Dillon, who was on the Dean’s List for 7 semesters, was also inducted into Sigma Pi Sigma, the Physics Honors Society, and received the College of Arts and Sciences Student Research of the Year Award.
Congratulations to doctoral study Helen Kim on receiving the Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship for 2017-18. This fellowship was established to assist the future of women in aerospace and related sciences and engineering. It is awarded annually to only 35 women from a pool of applicants world-wide, and recognizes those who demonstrate an outstanding academic record.
Congratulations to A&A graduate student Daniel Crews, whose Team Explorer won first prize at the 2017 Caltech Space Challenge held March 26 – 31, 2017.
Congratulations to our student award winners at the 2017 AIAA Region VI Student Conference March 17 -19 in San Jose, California.
Aeronautics & Astronautics alumna Ansley Barnard, BS ’12, is one of six volunteers living in an isolated dome on the slopes of Mauna Loa on Hawaii’s Big Island, where the geology mimics that of Mars. She’s participating in a NASA-funded Mars simulation mission, known as the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation project (HI-SEAS).
A profile of Husky Robotics, a student team involved in the University Rover Challenge, where teams from across the globe design and build remote-controlled space exploration vehicles. In its sixth year at the UW, the Husky Robotics team has turned its attention inward. By focusing on creating a solid foundation, the team hopes to set future generations of UW student roboticists on a path to success.
A&A Assistant professor Marco Salviato has just been named the recipient of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) Haythornthwaite Young Investigator Award. The prestigious award, based on selection by the ASME Applied Mechanics Division, recognizes excellence in theoretical and applied mechanics research for early career faculty and provides a grant to support the acquisition of key research equipment. The award will support Prof Salviato’s research on the development of bio-inspired materials and graphene nanocomposites.
It is with much sadness that we share the loss of alumna Anita Abrego (BS ’94). Anita passed away on December 27, 2016.
Every month, the Journal of Fluid Mechanics selects one paper published in their bi-monthly journal for special review by an expert in the field. The latest two papers published by Professor Antonino Ferrante (principal investigator of the Computational Fluid Mechanics group) have received this recognition.
We mourn the passing of Professor Kuen Y. Lin on January 19, 2017. Professor Lin served on the A&A faculty for 33 years as a dedicated professor, mentor and colleague. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from National Taiwan University and master’s and doctoral degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT, Professor Lin spent six years in industry, working for Deere & Co. and The Boeing Company. Professor Lin was an expert in the areas of composite materials, finite element methods, and fracture mechanics, and co-creator of the Mar-Lin Fracture Model, which is used by the aerospace industry for the damage tolerant design of composite aircraft structures. He also developed a singular hybrid finite element method for the accurate analysis of bi-material fracture problems. His recent research efforts have direct applications to the critical technologies needed in developing the next generation of aerospace vehicles.
Congratulations to alumna Suzanna Darcy-Hennemann (BS '81) who has received the UW College of Engineering Diamond Award for Distinguished Achievement in Industry. In addition to being a record-breaking chief pilot and director of flight training for Boeing, Suzanna was the first woman to serve as a Boeing test pilot, and the first female captain of the 747-400 and 777. We are proud of her accomplishments and of this well-deserved recognition.
Last year, Mia Lee (BS '16) received the first place award in the undergraduate category at the 2016 AIAA Region VI Student Conference for her paper titled, "Tunable Bistability of Origami-based Mechanical Metamaterials." Mia was supervised by Prof. JK Yang and mentored by Hiromi Yasuda. As an award winner, Mia was invited to participate in this year's AIAA SciTech international student competition and she again won first place, triumphing over all of the other regional conference winners.
Recent A&A graduate Aditi Bhide (MS ‘16) is a part of a UW team of only 30 world-wide finalists selected to compete in a SpaceX sponsored challenge to design and fabricate a Hyperloop pod. Last year, the UW team won the Safety Subsystem Technical Excellence Award and will test their pod at SpaceX this month.
Emilio Beltran ('99) discusses his experiences attending UW A&A, diversity programs, and the establishment of his Beltran Endowed Fund for Undergraduate Student Support.
Congratulations to UW A&A doctoral student Gustavo Eidji Camarinha Fujiwara, who has been awarded a UW Graduate School Latino/a Scholars Graduate School Fellowship (LSGSF) for the 2016-17 academic year. Gustavo has been recognized for his academic research, and for service that demonstrates his strong commitment to Latino/a communities.
In an article on Peter Thiels's interest in nuclear fusion, Professor Tom Jarboe is quoted on the funding needs of making the energy source commercially viable.
UW engineering students Katherine Chun and Yoel Tekle discuss their student experiences and the impact donors make on their education.
A&A Ph.D. candidate Michael Dodd and Professor Antonino Ferrante (principal investigator of the Computational Fluid Mechanicsgroup) are unraveling the complex physical mechanisms of droplet-turbulence interaction. The results of their research have been published in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics (Dodd & Ferrante, Vol. 806, pp. 356-412, J. Fluid Mechanics (2016)) in an article titled, “On the interaction of Taylor length scale size droplets and isotropic turbulence.”