This year’s National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program received over 12,000 applicants. From them, 2,000 award offers were made, including one to Hang Woon Lee, a graduate student in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois.
Sending a human into space and doing it efficiently presents a galaxy of challenges. Koki Ho, University of Illinois assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, and his graduate students, Hao Chen and Bindu Jagannatha, explored ways to integrate the logistics of space travel by looking at a campaign of lunar missions, spacecraft design, and creating a framework to optimize fuel and other resources.
The year 1977 was a big one for aeronautics and aerospace—both real and fictional. The Concord made its first commercial flight, the NASA space shuttle had its first test flight, and the first Star Wars film opened in cinemas. In hindsight, it was also a year that a generous class of aerospace engineers graduated from the University of Illinois.