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Gregg to Present 2016 Sears Memorial Lecture

Portrait of Robert D. Gregg IIIRobert D. Gregg III, chief aerodynamicist at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, will present the 2016 William R. Sears Memorial Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 4 p.m. in AME S212. A reception will follow in the AME courtyard.

His lecture, "The Evolution of Winglets to the Max," will investigate the history and refinement of the winglet, a common feature on many passenger aircraft, over the last 40 years.

Gregg has more than 37 years of experience in aircraft development, advanced aircraft and aerodynamic concepts, and technology research.

As chief aerodynamicist for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, a position he has held since 2013, Gregg provides technical leadership on aerodynamic requirements, processes, configuration development and compliance, as well as support of airplane program efforts. He also heads Boeing's enterprise computational fluid dynamics efforts. Previously, Gregg served as chief engineer of flight sciences product development and technology at Boeing, where he led the configuration development for the 737 Max, 787-10X, 767...

Sophomore Explores Science Through Archery

Sophomore Madison Eich aims at a target at the PSE Archery range. Photo by Darien Bakas / The Daily WildcatArchery is much more complicated than "point and shoot." Just ask mechanical engineering major Madison Eich, who is also an Olympic hopeful.

Through her sport of choice, she explores kinematics, statics, trigonometry – and even psychology.

Learn more about her road to Rio and the engineering implications of bows and arrows in the Daily Wildcat.

Photo by Darien Bakas/The Daily Wildcat

Victory Is Sweet at Hack Arizona 2016

A laser drone-control device that can be mounted on the head won Hack Arizona’s best hardware award.Competitors from the College of Engineering swept the top awards at Hack Arizona 2016 – and of course AME students were among them.

Aerospace engineers Kameron Mensing, Arek Rembelski and Abhishek Rane helped build Oculus Rift Controlled Laser Turret, which took the best hardware award. Using a virtual reality program and parts made from a 3-D printer in the library, their team designed a device that emits laser beams to control drones in the sky.

Mechanical engineering major Davis McGregor worked on Mini Midi Recyclable, which won the sustainability prize. Made from leftover aluminum cans, an Arduino microcontroller and stickers handed out by sponsors, the project emits musical tones when touched.

Read more about the three-day hackathon in Arizona Engineer.

Checking In on Design Progress

As the spring semester starts up, AME seniors are hard at work on their senior design projects. Some even put in hours over winter break! Check in on a couple interdisciplinary projects involving mechanical engineering students, "Deep-Water Sensor System" and "Sonar Module Integration for the EMILY Rescue Boat."

Congrats to Fall 2015 Outstanding Students!

The University of Arizona Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering is quite proud to announce its outstanding students for fall 2015:

• Outstanding Senior in Aerospace Engineering: Ruben Adkins‐Rieck
• Outstanding Senior in Mechanical Engineering: Liliana Saldana
• Outstanding Graduate Student: Ethan Boroson

See a slideshow featuring the students and their nominating professors in Arizona Engineer.

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