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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.
Mark D. Maughmer

Illinois alumnus Mark D. Maughmer named AIAA Fellow

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.
Detail of Talbot Laboratory exterior

Chew and Panesi promoted to associate professor

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.
3D and ground track views of the optimized constellation (unique satellite design case)

Study explores options that optimize profit in broadband satellite constellations

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.
Scott R. White

Professor Scott R. White: In memoriam

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.
Robert H. Liebeck

Liebeck receives 2018 Alumni Achievement Award

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
Lithium battery

Using 3D X-rays to measure particle movement inside lithium ion batteries

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.
Photo showing wake turbulence courtesy Ryoh Ishihara.

Research examines wing shapes to reduce vortex and wake

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.
Pictured left to right: Philippe Geubelle, Scott White, Nancy Sottos, and Jeffrey Moore.

New polymer manufacturing process saves 10 orders of magnitude of energy

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.
Artist's rendering of a capsule reentering Earth's atmosphere.

Protecting space crew from extreme heat during reentry

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.
Jonathan Retter

Aerospace engineering student wins Lempert Student Paper Award

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.
Prosthetic arm

Prosthetic arms can provide controlled sensory feedback

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.
Grace Gao

Grace Gao receives NSF CAREER award for UAV research

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.
Talbot entrance

Annual recognition of student excellence

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.
Talbot Laboratory

AE graduate students receive Mavis Memorial Fund Scholarship awards

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 14:15   This year, three graduate students in the Department of Aerospace Engineering have been awarded Mavis Future Faculty Fellowships.
Hang Woon Lee

Hang Woon Lee receives NSF fellowship

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.
Koki Ho

New research seeks to optimize space travel efficiency

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.
July 26, 1977 Space Shuttle and Crew, courtesy NASA

1977 was a good year

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.

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