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UA Aerospace Engineers Shine at AIAA SciTech Forum

Montage of AME faculty and students at AIAA SciTech 2017
While the UA Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering is always well represented at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ annual Science and Technology Forum and Exposition, University of Arizona researchers took center stage at this year's gathering on Jan. 9-13 in Grapevine, Texas.

Among the AME honorees, presenters and panelists at AIAA SciTech 2017 were professors Israel Wygnanski, Hermann Fasel, Moriba Jah, Jesse Little, Erdogan Madenci, Samy Missoum, Anatoli Tumin and Olesya Zhupanska; research scientist James Threadgill; and graduate student Yile Hu.

Photo courtesy of AIAA 




Alumna Named Influential Arizona Millennial

Jen Watson KoevaryJen Watson Koevary, who received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona in 2008, was named one of 20 influential millennials working in Arizona by AZ Big Media. 

Koevary serves as chief operating officer of Avery Therapeutics, a biotech startup, where she leads commercialization strategy and operations. She is also a research assistant professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Arizona. 




Wygnanski to Deliver 2017 AIAA Dryden Lecture

Israel Wygnanski; image courtesy of Nasa Ames Research Center
Israel J. Wygnanski, University of Arizona professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering, will deliver the 2017 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Dryden Lecture on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 4:30 p.m. MST. 

A livestream of his lecture, "Maturation of Active Flow Control Concepts for Improved Aircraft Performance," will be available from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. MST through the AIAA website.

Photo courtesy of NASA Ames Research Center




AME Alumnus Takes the Reins at Sundt

Alumnus Mike Hoover, president and CEO of Sundt ConstructionMike Hoover, who received his BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona in 1983, has been named president and CEO of Sundt Construction

Hoover, a second-generation Sundt employee and Tucson native, worked his way up in the company from laborer to executive, holding various positions including project engineer and division manager.

He replaces Dave Crawford, also a UA Engineering alumnus, as CEO.

Photo courtesy of A.E. Araiza/Arizona Daily Star




Undergraduate Meets the Bike More Challenge

Bike More Challenge; photo by Ron Medvescek/Arizona Daily StarBryan Little, a mechanical engineering senior, bicycles at least a portion of his commute to campus from Vail every day.

This year, he put those miles – and many more – toward the totals of the Tucson Bike More Challenge. The competition encourages people to ride their bikes for commutes, errands and recreation by tracking their distances from Oct. 30 to Nov. 30.

Bryan placed first for Most Miles among the male competitors. The majority of his 1,455 miles were ridden on Tucson trails. 




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