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Learning Research Experience Student Benefits from UA Program, AME Mentor

Gabriel Vasquez studies mechatronics engineering at Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana in Honduras, but this summer he spent 10 weeks in Tucson as part of the University of Arizona Summer Program "A Learning Research Experience" under the guidance of accomplished mentors such as AME Professor Peiwen "Perry" Li.


"When I first arrived at the UA, I met with Dr. Li and we had a two-hour chat," Vasquez said. "I told him about my background and interests, and he placed me on a research project involving 3-D-printed tubes for enhanced heat exchangers. 3-D printing is familiar to me, and now I can find new applications for it. I'm also interested in energy transfer, so this project fulfilled many of my interests."


Vasquez explored innovative designs for internal flow heat exchangers, specifically ones that are 3-D printed, lowering the cost and waste associated with the manufacturing process.




High-Speed Wind Tunnel Built in AME Building to Advance Hypersonic Flight for US Navy

Engineers are installing three 20-foot-long tubes for a new high-speed wind tunnel in the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Building, ushering in an era of hypersonic discovery at the University of Arizona.


"There have been peaks and valleys in U.S. hypersonic research since World War II," said assistant professor Stuart "Alex" Craig, who joined the UA Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering in 2016. "With China and Russia flight-testing hypersonic drone aircraft whose missile payloads can strike targets thousands of miles away in less than an hour, we’re definitely seeing an uptick."




AME Grad Leads Arizona Innovation Challenge Award-Winning Company

Two companies tied to the University of Arizona College of Engineering were among the winners of the Arizona Commerce Authority's spring 2017 Arizona Innovation Challenge.


Hydronalix, maker of the Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard, or EMILY, robotic lifeguard, was founded by Tony Mulligan, who received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the UA in 1988 and serves on the College of Engineering's Industry Partner Board.


Codelucida, which is commercializing error-correction technology for data storage and communications systems, was co-founded by UA professor of electrical and computer engineering and mathematics Bane Vasić with Shiva Planjery, who received his PhD in electrical and computer engineering from the UA in 2013, and David Declercq, a professor at the University of Cergy-Pontoise in France.




AME Student Helps Build Two Telescopes From the Ground Up

AroraFive undergraduate students from the University of Arizona's College of Engineering, including recent aerospace and mechanical engineering graduate Sameep Arora, helped build two 24-inch telescopes in seven months to track satellites and space junk. Starting June 20, after a first light ceremony at 6 p.m., one of the telescopes will run autonomously each night in the place where the old telescope once stood.




2017 da Vinci Scholars Include Repeat Winners

2017 da Vinci Scholars from AME: Jim Encinas, Alexander Marshall, Alexander McCarthy and David Malboeuf Each year, the College of Engineering awards 10 da Vinci scholarships to exceptional students. The scholarship program is funded by members of the College's da Vinci Circle – a group of roughly 300 individuals and corporations whose gifts support our faculty and students' ongoing research.

Congratulations to the four 2017 da Vinci Scholars from the UA Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering: Jim Encinas, David Malboeuf, Alexander Marshall and Alexander Mccarthy.

This is Encinas and Marshall's second consecutive year as da Vinci Scholar recipients.


Photo (clockwise from left): Jim Encinas, Alexander Marshall, David Malboeuf and Alexander Mccarthy.




TLA Startup of the Year Boasts AME-Developed Products

Awards presented to winners of TLA's I-Squared Expo & AwardsTech Launch Arizona recently held its fourth annual I-Squared Expo & Awards, highlighting University of Arizona researchers whose inventions impact the quality of life of people in Tucson, across Arizona and throughout the world.

New this year was a startup showcase, which included MetOxs Solutions, a company specializing in providing technology for more sustainable mining and energy production.

MetOxs was selected as the I-Squared Startup of the Year for its impressive portfolio, including corrosion sensors for metal pipes developed with the assistance of AME professor Peiwen "Perry" Li. Li also collaborated on the company's flagship process, a...




Design Day 2017: The Next Big Thing, 100 Times Over

Student at Design DayEngineering affects virtually every aspect of our lives, and at the University of Arizona’s Engineering Design Day on May 1, more than 500 students – including 159 seniors from the UA Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering – inte​nd to prove it.

The public is invited to see the displays in the Student Union Memorial Center Grand Ballroom and on the UA Mall from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., and to attend the awards ceremony in the ballroom from 4 to 5:30 p.m., when industry sponsors will present more than $25,000 in cash prizes to project teams.

Download the UA Engineering Design app, available for iOS and Android! Find your favorite project and presenter, and then – new this year! – post to social media directly from the...




Alumna's Startup Licenses Heart Graft Technology

Tucson-based Avery Therapeutics Inc. has licensed a beating heart graft technology, MyCardia, that has been shown to improve heart functions in preclinical studies. Left to right: Drs. Jen Koevary, Jordan Lancaster and Steve Goldman of Avery Therapeutics

MyCardia is a biologically active cardiac graft that can be surgically affixed to a heart to assist function for patients with conditions such as chronic heart failure. Tech Launch Arizona, the office of the UA that commercializes inventions stemming from University research, facilitated the process of defining and protecting the heart graft technology.

The commercial license is a big boost for Avery's leadership team, including chief operating officer Jen Watson Koevary, who received her BS in mechanical engineering in 2008 before earning a doctorate in biomedical engineering.

Koevary was named...




Internship Leads to Job Offer for AME Senior

Mechanical engineering senior Morgan Struble isn't too worried about job prospects after she graduates – she's already employed. A student works on a solution while a mentor looks on at the UA STEM Learning Center

Struble was among the first University of Arizona students to take part in a program launched by the UA STEM Learning Center that pairs students with companies offering internships. Through the program, she landed a three-month position at Arizona Public Service as a fossil generation intern, an ideal fit for someone also studying mining and geological engineering.

"My internship was extremely beneficial," Struble said. "With everyone's help, I was able to make great progress on my assigned projects, and I think that this really radiated with the company and helped me get a job."

After graduation in May, Struble will head to Buckeye, Arizona, and the Redhawk Power Station where she'll serve as a full-time engineer.

Photo courtesy of John...




AME Alumnus Promoted to Director at McCarthy

McCarthy Building Companies Inc. has promoted alumnus Nayan Bhakta to director of engineering and procurement for their southwest division's renewable energy team.Nayan Bhakta, AME alumnus

Bhakta, a 2008 graduate of the BS in mechanical engineering program from the University of Arizona, will provide support on utility-scale solar projects nationwide ranging from $5 million to $600 million, including overseeing design and procurement activities, energy production evaluations, as well as supervising installation.

Bhakta joined McCarthy in 2015 as preconstruction manager and has worked extensively on the company's solar projects, including the Roserock Solar Plant in Texas and the Silicon Ranch project in Tennessee.

Photo courtesy of McCarthy Building Cos.




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