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Meet on the Mall for Homecoming Tailgate

UA Homecoming Parade featuring pom squad and marching band
Please join us on Oct. 28-29 for a Haunted Homecoming 2016! On Friday, the College hosts its 53rd annual Engineers Breakfast (RSVP required by Oct. 21).

Then, on Saturday at 4 p.m., meet up at the College of Engineering tent just east of the Cactus Garden on the UA Mall for the Homecoming tailgate.

All graduates with a degree in aerospace or mechanical engineering get an exclusive AME alumni pin when they drop by to greet department head Jeff Jacobs and AME faculty and staff. (RSVP is requested by Oct. 25.)

AME Astronauts Prove That Space Is Wildcat Country

AME astronauts Dick Scobee, Woody Spring and Fernando Caldeiro; images courtesy of NASAThe University of Arizona has sent six astronauts from Tucson to outer space – three of whom were proud graduates of the department of aerospace and mechanical engineering.

Dick Scobee, who received a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering in 1965, started a tradition that continues long after his untimely death during the 1986 launch of the space shuttle Challenger.

AME's second astronaut, Woody Spring, was a motorcycle-riding, scuba-diving West Point grad back from two tours of flying in Vietnam. He earned a master's degree in aerospace engineering in 1974.

Fernando Caldeiro, who received an MS in mechanical engineering in 1984, devoted his NASA career to the technical support of 52 launches at Kennedy Space Center.

Photos courtesy of NASA 

In Memoriam: Lawrence B. Scott Jr.

Lawrence B. Scott Jr.The UA department of aerospace and mechanical engineering is sad to share the news that Lawrence B. "Larry" Scott Jr., professor emeritus and former department head, has passed away.

Scott joined the UA in 1967 and served as department head from 1970 to 1980. He oversaw a growth in stature for the department, particularly in the area of fluid mechanics, and he is noted for hiring several renowned faculty members, including William R. "Bill" Sears and A. Richard "Dick" Seebass. 

Scott was also a dedicated educator who won several teaching citations, including a nomination for the University's Five-Star Faculty Award. 

He retired from the University in 2001.

AIAA Welcomes Missoum as Associate Fellow

Samy MissoumAssociate professor Samy Missoum has been named a 2017 associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

This grade recognizes individuals "who have accomplished ... important engineering or scientific work, or who have done original work of outstanding merit." Missoum is principal investigator of the Computational Optimal Design of Engineering Systems laboratory, which develops methodologies for the design optimization of complex structural or mechanical problems. 

He and his fellowship cohort will be formally honored in a ceremony on Jan. 9, in Grapevine, Texas. 

Kandyil Recognized for Outstanding Service

Portrait of Jini KandyilRanjini "Jini" Kandyil, senior coordinator of the department's graduate programs and the College's Engineering Design Program, has been selected as a 2016 Outstanding Staff Member by the University of Arizona Asian American Faculty, Staff and Alumni Association for her "exemplary professional accomplishments and noteworth contributions to the University and community at large."

She will be honored in a celebration dinner on Nov. 5 at the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center.

Well-earned kudos to this indispensible member of the AME team! 

University of Arizona College of Engineering