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Alumnus to Receive Medal of Merit from MFSW

Portrait of William R. AssenmacherThe Mining Foundation of the Southwest has selected William R. Assenmacher, CEO and principal owner of CAID Industries, to receive a 2016 Medal of Merit.

Assenmacher, who graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1974, will be recognized for his contributions to the mining sector in a ceremony in Tucson on Dec. 3.  

Warnock Helps Take Gliders to Record-Breaking Heights

Cover of July 2016 Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine featuring the Perlan gliderThe current altitude record for level flight by a piloted aircraft is just over 85,000 feet, but the Perlan Project hopes to take their sailplane to 90,000 feet this summer, using stratospheric mountain waves near the Antarctic polar vortex.

University of Arizona alumnus Ed Warnock is helping the Perlan Project reach those heights. The 1968 graduate of UA's aerospace engineering program currently serves as the nonprofit's CEO.

Read more about the project, and Warnock's work, in the cover story of the July issue of Smithsonian Air & Space magazine.

AME Alumnus Named AAAS Invention Ambassador

Anthony Mulligan, who received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona in 1988, was selected as a 2016 AAAS/Lemelson Invention Ambassador.

Mulligan is the founder and CEO of Hydronalix Inc., a Sahuarita-based company that develops robotics, including the EMILY family of unmanned search-and-rescue vehicles, for use by maritime researchers, first responders and military personnel. 

AME Announces Spring 2016 Outstanding Students

The UA College of Engineering honored remarkable seniors, graduate students and teaching assistants for the spring 2016 semester at a luncheon on May 2. Among them were the following superlative aerospace and mechanical engineering students:

Outstanding Seniors

• Eliza Dawson, mechanical engineering, nominated by Senior Academic Advisor Arvind Raman
• Andrew Granatstein, aerospace engineering, nominated by Senior Academic Advisor Arvind Raman

Outstanding Seniors Eliza Dawson and Andrew Granatstein; Outstanding Graduate Students Timothy Ashcraft and Sahand Sabet

Outstanding Graduate Students

• Timothy Ashcraft, aerospace engineering, nominated by assistant professor...

Hyperloop Team Aims for Faster, Greener Transit

UA Hyperloop team with adviser Cho Lik Chan in front of their poster in TexasThe UA Hyperloop team, which includes AME undergrads John Mangels, Namrah Habib, Irene Moreno and Jacob Pavek, wants to make the dream of a superfast pneumatic tube train into reality.

This semester, they traveled to College Station, Texas, to compete in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition Design Weekend. They joined more than 100 other university groups in envisioning the people-moving pods for the tube system. While they didn't walk away with a win, they learned a lot. As Moreno said, “It felt more like a collaboration of students with one goal: develop the new and improved mode of...

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