UT Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics

Home to programs in aerospace engineering, computational engineering and engineering mechanics. We invite you to explore our site to find out more!

The undergraduate and graduate programs in the Cockrell School of Engieering's Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Department at UT Austin are top ranked in the US. Research and instructional programs span the breadth of disciplines in the field. Our students work with the faculty to create, develop, and apply aerospace technology to solve important global and societal problems.

06/14/2024

Another is upon us. And there's no better day to tell us what you're up to, UT Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics alumni! πŸš€πŸ€˜ Update your contact info to stay informed and share your good news with us:
https://ae.utexas.edu/alumni/stay-engaged/keep-in-touch

Whether you've just graduated, or are an alum in years past, we want to hear from you! Complete our alumni update form and tell us what you're up to while also staying informed about all the great happenings at UT Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics. We can't wait to see how y'all are changing the world! 🀘 (Opportunities to be featured in Longhorn Liftoff and on our social channels as well).

Keep in Touch: bit.ly/alumni-utaerospace

06/13/2024

We're in full swing with for the Class of 2028 this summer. A warm welcome to all of our new incoming students. We can't wait to see y'all back on the Forty Acres and in the ASE Building this fall! 🀘

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06/12/2024

By harnessing the power of plasma, a special type of energy created by adding electricity to gases, Texas Engineer Thomas Underwood is confronting challenges in space travel, manufacturing and clean energy 🀘

Underwood's research focuses on spacecraft that don't need to carry fuel and can instead run on molecules they pluck out of the atmosphere, making space missions more efficient.

But it doesn't stop there! Underwood's research also aims to reduce harmful emissions from semiconductor manufacturing, which is crucial for making electronic devices. The goal is to capture and neutralize these emissions before they reach the atmosphere.

Find out what else this UT Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics engineer plans to work on with the power of plasma (by the way, this photo is very real and not altered, just some light edits on Photoshop πŸ˜‰). https://ae.utexas.edu/news/self-propelling-satellites-and-reentry-shields-among-new-projects-for-tom-underwood

06/11/2024

πŸš€ Summer Internship Spotlight

Meet Class of 2025 aerospace engineering major Alexia Rutledge who is working as an aerospace and mechanical engineering intern at John Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory this summer to improve structural analysis methods of composite material fasteners for hypersonic vehicles.

⭐️ What inspired you to pursue your current academic path?

Growing up I loved outer space. I especially loved all the space shuttles, rovers, and satellites that NASA used. After attending UT Girl Day, I was set on studying at UT.

⭐️ How is this experience helping you prepare for your career?

I am learning many new software programs, growing my communication skills, and taking advantage of professional development opportunities through my ATLAS internship program.

Are you a UT Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics student interning this summer? Complete this online form for a chance to be featured on our channels! https://bit.ly/3VvRivp 🀘

Photos from UT Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics's post 06/10/2024

Tune in live this morning to watch two UT Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics teams compete in NASA’s Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts – Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) Competition Forum. Public viewing link: https://lnkd.in/gu-uvf6k

Good luck to both of our finalist teams! https://lnkd.in/gnkS7XFZ 🀘

AETHER: Autonomous Exploration Through Extraterrestrial Regions begins at 7:40 am CT today, June 10, and VENOM: Volatile Examining luNar prOspectors and Mothership competes tomorrow, June 11 at 7 am CT.

Photos from Women in STEM at The University of Texas at Austin's post 06/07/2024
06/06/2024

Congratulations to ASE/EM staff members Holly Bhasin and Scott Messec who were honored with University Staff Service Awards yesterday! Holly, who serves as our senior academic advisor, earned her 10 year service award, and Scott, who serves as the department's senior information technology manager, earned his 30 year service award. Now that's dedication! 🀘 πŸŽ‰

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06/05/2024

Are you interning this summer? We want to hear what you're doing!

If you're a student in UT Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics, please tag us in your internship posts, comment in this post, or send your photo and details for an opportunity to be featured on our channels: https://bit.ly/3VvRivp 🀘

TIME100 Most Influential Companies 2024: Intuitive Machines 06/03/2024

We love seeing our alumni change the world, especially during this new era of space exploration. 🧑 🀘

Case in point: Tim Crain, chief technology officer and a co-founder of Intuitive Machines (IM). Earlier this year, IM became the first commercial company to land on the Moon and the first to land on its surface in over 50 years, leading to recognition as a TIME100 Most Influential Company for 2024. Congratulations to everyone on the IM team for this recognition! https://time.com/6980452/intuitive-machines/

Cockrell School of Engineering - UT Austin | UT Center for Space Research

TIME100 Most Influential Companies 2024: Intuitive Machines Find out why Intuitive Machines is on the list

05/30/2024

πŸ’« Take your summer reading to new heights with our new digital issue of Longhorn Liftoff! πŸš€

We have a lot of great news to help you stay cool this summer: an inspirational UT commencement address, this year's Cockrell Outstanding Scholar-Leader, novel e-skin tech for robots, a new 5-year integrated COE program, the Texas Eclipse Ballooning project, faculty/student awards, and so much more, all just waiting to be read in this latest issue: https://ut.econnect.utexas.edu/summer-24-liftoff

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05/29/2024

Graduation and orientation all in the same month? Next thing you know, it will be fall and we'll see these new students wandering the halls of ASE and hanging out in the McKnight Student Center. Welcome to our incoming students who are joining us for the first week of ! πŸš€πŸ€˜

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When We Remember Fallen Soldiers, There Are No Rivals, Only Texans 05/27/2024

When We Remember Fallen Soldiers, There Are No Rivals, Only Texans Although we often compete with other Texas universities for victory on the field, off field, we share the memory of those Texans who died in the line of service. On a day like today, we come together.

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05/24/2024

Even bad weather couldn't keep this devoted group of Longhorns from gathering! A big Texas-sized thank you to everyone who attended our Texas Engineering Alumni event on May 17 at the NASA Johnson Space Center's Gilruth Center. We had a wonderful time visiting with you and listening to your stories while enjoying local barbecue. For those who were unable to attend, you were missed and we hope to see you next time.

Photos taken during the event are now available for viewing and downloading on Flickr: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjBrAd4

And as always, please remember to keep in touch by sharing your good news and contact information with us via our online update form. We look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Hook 'em!

Alumni Update Form: https://ae.utexas.edu/alumni/stay-engaged/keep-in-touch

Cockrell School of Engineering - UT Austin | UT Center for Space Research

05/23/2024

Undergraduate research assistant and computational engineering student Ira Narang was recently recognized with the Best Undergraduate Oral Presentation for her work on modeling dune erosion and storm surge at the UTRGV - The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley College of Sciences 2024 Annual Research Conference.

"My research project aims to examine the consequences of flooding on crops in this region and evaluate the protective role of sand dunes," said Narang.

Learn more about her impactful research and future plans to help people affected by natural disasters: https://ae.utexas.edu/news/ira-narang-wins-best-undergraduate-research-presentation-for-flood-modeling



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UT Austin named among Forbes' 'New Ivies' 05/22/2024

UT Austin named among Forbes' 'New Ivies' Forbes crafted the list in response to growing indifference – and, in some cases, resentment – toward schools in the Ivy League.

05/21/2024

πŸŽ‰ As commencement season begins to wind down, we still have more exciting news to celebrate! Congratulations to aerospace engineering graduate Matthew Nattier, who was selected as this year's Cockrell Outstanding Scholar-Leader. πŸ† 🀘 The title is awarded to one student whose hard work and dedication, both in and out of the classroom, exemplify leadership and inspire our community.

Nattier was lauded by his nominators – Director of the UT Center for Space Research, Lori Magruder, Assistant Director of Academic Advising, Mckinlaye Harkavy and Academic Advising Coordinator, Renee Babcock – for his ability to juggle multiple commitments in addition to his academic load and research.

Learn more about Nattier's UT experience as both a student scholar and a leader: https://www.ae.utexas.edu/news/5-questions-with-outstanding-scholar-leader-matthew-nattier



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05/20/2024

Congratulations to aerospace engineering Ph.D. student Wenkai Qin who is a recipient of the highly competitive National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship for 2024. Qin performs research in UT Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics under professor Todd Humphreys in the UT Radionavigation Laboratory.

Learn more about Qin's work to improve international navigation: https://ae.utexas.edu/news/wenkai-qin-awarded-ndseg-fellowship

Cockrell School of Engineering - UT Austin | UT Center for Space Research

05/16/2024

So proud to call Retired Maj. Gen. Jeannie M. Leavitt a UT Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics distinguished alumna! ✈ 🀘

05/16/2024

Whether you've just graduated, or are an alum in years past, we want to hear from you! Complete our alumni update form and tell us what you're up to while also staying informed about all the great happenings at UT Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics. We can't wait to see how y'all are changing the world! 🀘 (Opportunities to be featured in Longhorn Liftoff and on our social channels as well).

Keep in Touch: bit.ly/alumni-utaerospace

05/15/2024

Congratulations to Shauna Pendleton of the UT Center for Space Research for receiving the 2024 Cockrell School of Engineering - UT Austin Staff Excellence Award! πŸ€˜πŸ›°πŸŒŽ

Congratulations to Shauna Pendleton on receiving the 2024 Staff Excellence Award from the Cockrell School of Engineering!

Shauna is the Assistant Director at the Center for Space Research. Shauna’s dedication to her job has made an impact on CSR operations and overall institutional success over the many years she has worked at CSR. Her continuous efforts and innovative ideas have significantly contributed to moving the center forward.

Texas Engineering honored their exceptional staff members with the prestigious Staff Excellence Awards ceremony held in the Mulva Auditorium on May 14, 2024. These awards recognize non-teaching personnel who have made remarkable contributions to the Cockrell School through their outstanding performance and creativity.

https://www.csr.utexas.edu/shauna-pendleton-recognized-with-2024-staff-excellence-award/

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05/13/2024

UPDATE: Due to inclement weather this event has moved indoors to the Gilruth Center, Lone Star Room. Take elevators to the 2nd floor.

Deadline to RSVP is today, 5/13. See y'all in Houston this Friday! πŸš€πŸ€˜

Join UT Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics and the J. Mike Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering, UT Austin for a alumni happy hour in Houston, TX. Enjoy an evening of local barbecue, drinks, reminiscing and reconnecting!

Friday, May 17, 5 - 7 p.m. at the NASA-JSC Gilruth Live Oak Pavilion

Meet ASE/EM department chair Clint Dawson and ME department chair Don Siegel who will be providing brief updates about their respective departments and programs. Be sure to stick around for free door prizes and swag as well. See y'all there! 🀘

Find more details and RSVP info at https://bit.ly/3UtTd4b

Class of 2024 Celebrated at 141st Commencement 05/13/2024

So proud to see UT Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics alumna, Retired Maj. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, give the University Commencement speech this past weekend. πŸ‘©β€βœˆοΈ ✈ 🀘

Class of 2024 Celebrated at 141st Commencement Retired Maj. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, the U.S. Air Force’s first female fighter pilot and a 1990 UT graduate, delivered the keynote address

Light the Tower: Celebrating the Class of 2024 05/12/2024

Congratulations Class of 2024! πŸ€˜πŸŽ“πŸŽ‰

Light the Tower: Celebrating the Class of 2024 Congratulations, graduates! πŸ€˜πŸŽ“

Photos from UT Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics's post 05/10/2024

πŸš€ The sky is not the limit for the Class of 2024! We had an amazing time celebrating these new graduates with their loved ones at ASE today and can’t wait to see y’all cross the stage tonight. Remember to tag us and in all your graduation photos for a chance to be featured on our channels.🀘🧑

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Photos from UT Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics's post 05/09/2024

We’re celebrating our M.S. and Ph.D. graduating students with their family and friends today. Congratulations to each of you on your amazing accomplishments! We can’t wait to see what’s next on the horizon for y’all.

for these new alumni! πŸš€πŸ€˜

Cockrell School of Engineering - UT Austin | UT Center for Space Research

05/09/2024

We're looking forward to celebrating our new graduates tomorrow, May 10 from 10 AM - 12 PM in the McKnight Student Center! πŸŽ“ 🀘

πŸš€ Rise & Fly! Join the UT Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics Department for light refreshments and a celebration to honor our Fall 2023 and Spring/Summer 2024 ASE, COE and EM graduates.

Friday, May 10, 2024
10 AM - 12 PM
Aerospace Engineering Building, McKnight Student Center
RSVP by May 3: https://www.ae.utexas.edu/events/graduation-reception

We can't wait to celebrate with you and your loved ones and hope to see you there! πŸŽ“ 🀘

Photos from UT Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics's post 05/08/2024

πŸŽ“Y’all made it! Horns up for our Class of 2024 graduates. We can’t wait to see you go out and change the world. Remember to tag us in your commencement celebration photos and use in all your posts for a chance to be featured.

Once again, congratulations to all our new graduates. ! πŸš€πŸ€˜

Cockrell School of Engineering - UT Austin | UT Center for Space Research

12/20/2023

Introducing Francesca Santucci! Francesca is a UT Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics Ph.D. student from Rome, Italy. While studying at The University of Texas at Austin she's used her background in signal processing to work on wearable seismocardiography, engaged with the Engineering Education and Resource Center at Cockrell School of Engineering - UT Austin and spent time exploring all Austin has to offer.

She encourages other international students to embrace immersing themselves in new opportunities.

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Welcome! The Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at The University of Texas at Austin is an interdisciplinary department with teaching and research activities in astronautics, earth-space engineering and science, aviation, energy, robotics, theoretical and experimental mechanics, and computational engineering.

Our undergraduate and graduate programs remain ranked among the top ten programs in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. Research and instructional programs span the breadth of disciplines in the field. Our students work closely with the faculty to create, develop and apply aerospace technology to solve important global and societal problems through our strong research centers and laboratories.

We invite you to explore our site to learn more about the exciting opportunities within the department. At UT Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, the sky is not the limit.

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