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Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics

UA's Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics undertakes an integral role in educating aerospace engineering and engineering science and mechanics students, conducting innovative and exciting scientific research, and improving the economic development of the state of Alabama.

NASA Selects UA Engineering Research Team for New Space Travel Program

NOTE: This story was written before the novel coronavirus pandemic. NASA has chosen The University of Alabama as one of 14 universities in its new program to innovate space travel. UA’s research team will create a hybrid rotating detonation engine to optimize rocket capability. Dr. Ajay Agrawal, a professor of… Read more

In The News: Eleven UA Students Win Fulbright Awards

Eleven University of Alabama students won Fulbright Awards. The Fulbright program is the most prestigious U.S. international exchange program, offering one-year grants for independent study and research. Two UA students received research awards, and nine won Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Awards.  Read more

Sources: WVUA

AEM Assistant Professor Receives ION’s Samuel Burka Award

Dr. Jordan Larson, assistant professor in The University of Alabama’s aerospace engineering and mechanics department, was recently recognized by the Institute of Navigation, or ION, for his research efforts. The Dr. Samuel M. Burka Award was presented to Larson and his co-authors, Dr. Demoz Gebre-Egziabher of the University of Minnesota… Read more

UA Engineering Alumni Honor 2020 Outstanding Senior

Peyton Strickland, who studied aerospace engineering and mechanics at The University of Alabama, received the 2020 Capstone Engineering Society Outstanding Senior Award. Part of the University Honors Program and the Accelerated Master’s Program, Strickland is on track to graduate with a 4.0 grade point average in both his bachelor’s and… Read more

In The News: UA students offer space-centered virtual classroom to Alabama schools

Students at the University of Alabama are continuing outreach efforts to state schools during the COVID-19 pandemic through online lessons.  The group of students called UASpace has created lessons using Alabama math and science standards that teach about space, satellites and space exploration. The lessons are available on an open… Read more

Sources: Yellowhammer, Alabama Newscenter, The Tuscaloosa News, Alabama Newscenter, Yellowhammer

In The News: The speedy secret of shark skin

Shortfin mako sharks are the cheetahs of the open ocean, with some estimates putting their top speeds at more than 100 km/hr. That swiftness may be the result of more than just powerful muscles and a streamlined shape. All sharks have enamel-coated scales, known as dermal denticles, that resemble tiny… Read more

Sources: Physics Today