Archive for Aerospace

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected a team of universities to lead a new Air Transportation Center of Excellence for general aviation, with Texas A&M University being one of the core team members.   The center will focus research and testing efforts on safety, accessibility a…


Dr. Kristi Shryock, Dr. Arun Srinivasa, and Dr. Jeffrey Froyd won the Benjamin Dasher Best Paper Award at the 2011 Frontiers in Education Conference.


An Atlas-5 carrying a classified spacecraft and 11 other small satellites, including several satellites supported by Texas A&M University's AggieSat Lab, was successfully launched out of Vandenberg Air Force Base Sept. 13. Four of these other satellites are flying through NASA's Educational Lau…


Pictured, left to right: Research team members Dr. Diego Donzis, Dr. Rodney Bowersox, Dr. Simon North and Dr. William Hase   A research team led by Dr. Diego Donzis, an assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, has been awarded $2.2 million by the Air Force Office of Scient…


Texas A&M Engineering ranked eighth among engineering schools at public institutions offering a doctorate, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings of the country's undergraduate universities and programs. The Dwight Look College of Engineering is tied for 16th place overal…


A research team at Texas A&M University led by Dr. Richard J. Malak Jr., an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, was recently awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant through the Emerging Frontiers of Research and Innovation (EFRI) program.


Low Earth Orbit is overcluttered with rogue objects and collision shrapnel that are a constant threat to spacecraft. Experts say that a traditional satellite mission to go capture each object is not efficient enough to make an appreciable difference due to the high cost of orbit transfers. Many alt…


Air Tractor of Olney, Texas, has donated a “gift in kind” to Texas A&M University’s Department of Aerospace Engineering In the spring of 2012, Jim Hirsch, Class of 1991, the newly appointed president of Air Tractor Inc., visited his old stomping grounds to participate in the department’s Critic…


A group of Aggies works at one of the leading private space companies in the world, Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX. The company builds, tests, and launches rockets and capsules to further scientific research in space and space exploration. A SpaceX ship recently docked with the Internati…


Dr. Rodney Bowersox, professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, and Dr. Simon North from the Department of Chemistry have been awarded a grant from the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP). The award is a 12-month grant for $682,070 for their research, “Two-Plane V…


Dr. Jonathan Rogers, assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, has been awarded the Army Research Office Young Investigator Award for his proposal, “State Estimation for Complex Dynamical Systems Using Belief Function Theory.” The three-year award with funding of $150,000 was …


John C. Vassberg, a Texas A&M aerospace engineering graduate and Boeing technical fellow, received top honors from the American Institute of Aerodynamics and Astronautics (AIAA) for his achievements in the field of applied aerodynamics. Vassberg, who works for Boeing Research & Technology i…


Texas A&M University aerospace engineering senior Emily Boster has been named a 2012 recipient of a $10,000 national award by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF). This award is given to 28 of the brightest and most promising students across the country with interests in science or engine…


Texas A&M University has the unique opportunity to acquire a donation of the fully operational NASA space shuttle simulator from the Johnson Space Center. The Shuttle Mission Simulator (SMS) has trained 355 astronauts for 135 missions and will be the only large piece of equipment from the NASA …


Texas A&M Sigma Gamma Tau President Austin Probe presented Dr. Helen Reed with the 2012 Thomas U. McElmurry Teaching Excellence Award at the AIAA Banquet in May. Decided by the 2012 May and December graduating seniors, the award cited Reed for "exemplifying dedication and commitment to developi…