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Optimizing winglets for minimum drag, more efficient flight

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 08:30   If you’ve ever taken a photo out the window of a commercial airplane, you most likely have a great shot of a winglet.
Harry Hilton

Merging mathematical and physical models toward building a more perfect flying vehicle

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 10:15   Professor Emeritus Harry Hilton brought together several mathematical and physical theories to help look at problems in more unified ways and solve physical engineering problems
airplane illustration

Senior aircraft design project wins first place

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 09:00   A team from Huy Tran's senior design class won first place in an AIAA aircraft design competition.
Doctoral student Aaron Perry, Assistant Professor Philip Ansell, and former master’s student Je Won Hong discuss the construction of the airfoil model with overwing ducted fans.

Opening communication lines between propulsion and airflow poses new questions

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 09:15   On the runway to more fuel-efficient aircraft, one alternative propulsion scheme being explored is an array of electrically powered ducted fans.
Robyn Macdonald

Two-part research papers receive double recognition

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 11:15   AE doctoral candidate Robyn Macdonald studying with Associate Professor Marco Panesi received two recent awards.
Daniel Bodony

Keeping the science in science fiction

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 14:00   When Marvel Studios began producing the Black Panther movie, they called on sound and acoustics expert Daniel Bodony with the goal of adding some level of scientific plausibility to the fiction.

“Sandwiched” copper nanosprings mediate between materials that respond differently to heat

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 14:15   Copper nanospring film has the compliance of soft polymers but up to 100 times higher thermal conductivity than any other material with similar elasticity.
Robert D. Braun

New Mars exploration technologies topic of annual H.S. Stillwell lecture

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 13:30   Robert D. Braun is this year’s speaker for the Stillwell Lecture on Monday, Sept. 24 at 4 p.m. in the auditorium at NCSA.
Scott White

Two funds created to honor, remember Professor Scott White

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 13:45   Throughout his career at the University of Illinois, Scott White influenced people on many levels, but particularly the students he advised and fellow faculty members with whom he worked and conducted research. In keeping with those two spheres of influence, two funds are being created to honor his life.
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Manufacturing takes a lesson from nature

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 11:45   Living systems achieve form and function in ways that have little resemblance to modern manufacturing: think digits of a hand, the veins of a leaf, or the seeds of a dandelion that disperse themselves in the wind. U of I researchers will use nature as a model to develop a new technology.
Revathi Jambunathan

Outstanding student paper award goes to AE’s Revathi Jambunathan

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 09:45   AE graduate student Revathi Jambunathan received the 2018 Outstanding Student Paper Award from the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society at the 45th IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science.

Test flight successful on propulsion-controlled aircraft—phase II funded

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 09:45   Tragic incidents like United Airlines DC-10 Flight 232 can sometimes spawn an interest in creating additional safeguards and protocols, and even new research.
Michael Lembeck

Distinguished aerospace alumnus joins faculty

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 11:45   In April, Michael F. Lembeck received a Distinguished Alumnus award from the Department of Aerospace Engineering. In August, he joined the faculty.
Mike Hopkins

Hopkins to soar again

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 10:00   AE alumnus class of 1991 Mike Hopkins was selected for a mission aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft.
DBF plane on runway

Design Build Fly offers motivation outside of the classroom

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 08:15   The airline passengers are bouncy balls of different weights and sizes, their individual restraint systems are rubber bands, and their suitcases are just blocks of wood, but this past year’s Design Build Fly team treated their assignment to create a passenger airplane as if they were the real thing.
Jason Kamphaus

Outstanding recent alumnus credits faculty guidance, technical training, and soft skills

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 11:00   After receiving a bachelor’s degree in engineering mechanics from the University of Illinois, and a master’s degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering in 2002, it was time for Jason Kamphaus to make a decision. Ultimately, Kamphaus decided to continue to work with White and completed his doctorate in aerospace engineering in 2007. This year, Kamphaus received an Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award.
Rich Field

Math and research foundation became springboard for one distinguished alumnus’ career change

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 08:45   For the first 20 years of his career, Rich Field was “doing aerospace engineering and loving it.” Then he switched. He attributes some of his ability to make a major career change to the basics he learned as a student at U of I.
Destiny Fawley

Undergrad destined for success

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 11:00   If there were a race for scholarships Destiny Fawley would have just won a triple crown.
Paul Dees

Distinguished aerospace alumnus learned from life’s unexpected derailments

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.
2018 ISS NASA student launch team

NASA student launch team always looking up

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.

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