Wed, 06/20/2018 - 09:00 In 1991, aerospace alumnus Paul Dees had been working for McDonnell Douglas for six years when the unthinkable happened. He was laid off.
Wed, 06/06/2018 - 10:30 It had rained the night before the final competition in Huntsville, Alabama, leaving the open field muddy—a factor that ultimately benefited this year’s Illinois Space Society NASA Student Launch team.
Tue, 06/05/2018 - 16:45 Mark D. Maughmer, professor of aerospace engineering at Penn State, was named an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Fellow.
Tue, 06/05/2018 - 09:00 Huck Beng Chew and Marco Panesi have both been promoted from assistant to associate professor with tenure in the Department of Aerospace Engineering.
Mon, 06/04/2018 - 14:30 Global broadband coverage sounds like a great idea, but it carries great financial risk. Research suggests a more cost-effective strategy using regional coverage and staged deployment.
Mon, 06/04/2018 - 12:15 University of Illinois aerospace engineering professor Scott R. White, an innovator of self-healing and self-regulating materials, died on May 28, 2018.
Mon, 05/21/2018 - 11:00 Robert H. Liebeck, aerodynamicist, professor, and aerospace engineer, is a recipient of the 2018 University of Illinois Alumni Achievement Award
Mon, 05/21/2018 - 09:45 Researchers at the University of Illinois applied a technique using 3D X-ray tomography of an electrode to better understand what is happening on the inside of a lithium ion battery and ultimately build batteries with more storage capacity and longer life.
Mon, 05/14/2018 - 14:00 Recent research at the University of Illinois demonstrated that, although most wing shapes used today create these turbulent wake vortices, wing geometrics can be designed to reduce or eliminate wingtip vortices almost entirely.
Thu, 05/10/2018 - 09:15 Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a new polymer-curing process that could reduce the cost, time and energy needed, compared with the current manufacturing process.
Wed, 05/09/2018 - 09:30 When a spacecraft reenters Earth’s atmosphere, atmospheric friction heats its surface to very high temperatures. At its peak the surface is almost as hot as the surface of the sun. To protect the crew a barrier called a heat shield is attached to the leading edge of the spacecraft. Recently, researchers at the University of Illinois created a model to determine the optimal thickness and composition of the shield material needed.
Wed, 05/02/2018 - 09:15 Aerospace engineering doctoral candidate Jonathan Retter was selected as the 2018 winner of The Walter R. Lempert Student Paper Award in Diagnostics for Fluid Mechanics, Plasma Physics, and Energy Transfer.
Thu, 04/26/2018 - 16:15 Losing an arm doesn’t have to mean losing all sense of touch, thanks to prosthetic arms that stimulate nerves with mild electrical feedback.
Wed, 04/25/2018 - 10:30 Grace Gao, assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, was recently funded through the NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program to conduct research on the subject.
Wed, 04/25/2018 - 09:45 At the annual awards banquet, the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois recognized undergraduate and graduate students for their scholastic achievement and other contributions.
Mon, 04/23/2018 - 14:15 This year, three graduate students in the Department of Aerospace Engineering have been awarded Mavis Future Faculty Fellowships.
Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:00 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.
Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:30 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.
Fri, 04/13/2018 - 13:15 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.