News Archive


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.
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.