Archive for Aerospace

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…


Dr. M. Katherine Banks recently announced the appointment of Dr. Rodney Bowersox as the interim head of the Department of Aerospace Engineering. Bowersox’s appointment is effective July 1. He joined the aerospace engineering faculty in 2002 and currently serves as the associate department head for …


Dr. John Hurtado, associate professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, has been chosen as the keynote speaker for the 2012 Freshman Convocation Aug. 26 in Reed Arena. Freshman Convocation is a relatively new tradition at Texas A&M, wherein the university officially welcomes the inc…


A new motor has been installed in the Oran W. Nicks Low Speed Wind Tunnel, replacing a 900RPM, 1,000-horsepower synchronous motor from Allis-Chalmers that was surplused by the U.S. Navy back in World War II. The old motor was in service at the Low Speed Wind Tunnel for 70 years. The new motor is a …


Dr. Dimitris C. Lagoudas has been appointed senior associate dean for research, associate vice chancellor for engineering research and interim deputy director of the Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), Dr. M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of Texas A&M Engineering announced r…


A patch of the midnight sky on the starboard side suddenly lit up with ephemeral green and blue lights. Although the lights were fleeting, the glow of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) was unmistakable. For the next 30 minutes the Aurora would splash the sky with brilliant colors appearing ou…