News Archive

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Collagen nanofibrils in mammalian tissues get stronger with exercise

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 08:30   Researchers learn why collagen is such a resilient material.

Student CubeSail satellite launch imminent

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 09:30   CubeSail's launch window opens on Wed., Dec. 12 at 10 p.m. CST from New Zealand’s Māhia Peninsula.

John Lambros named Willett Professor of Engineering

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 15:30   Aerospace engineering Professor John Lambros was recently named as a Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering.

Space technology entrepreneurs wanted for “shark tank” event

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 10:00   Selected entrepreneurs will pitch their idea to NASA iTech.
Talbot Laboratory

Seven new faculty join Dept. of Aerospace Engineering

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 11:00   The department has hired five new tenure-track assistant professors and two new professors of practice.
Gabrielle Wroblewski and Phillip Ansell

Putting hybrid-electric aircraft performance to the test

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 09:15   Although hybrid-electric cars are commonplace, similar technology in airplanes comes with significant challenges.
Mars InSight

AE alumni await Mars InSight landing

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 12:30   Mark Wallace, BS ’03 and Evgeniy Sklyanskiy, BS ’01 and MS ’04, have been working on NASA's Mars InSight for several years.

Three projects demonstrate innovative thinking, receive funding from NASA

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 10:00   NASA's Space Technology Research Grants program selected to fund three Illinois projects for early stage technologies.
Robert and Mary Jean Beatty

Gift of a Lifetime

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 11:00   Robert C. Beatty left a gift in his estate that is the largest single donation the department has ever received.
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New center for unmanned aircraft systems propulsion launched

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 10:30   Research at the center will focus on multi-fuel capable hybrid-electric propulsion systems and other novel propulsion technologies.
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Simulating hypersonic flow transitions from smooth to turbulent

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 10:15   New research created a model that simulates flow transitions brings a revolutionary understanding to the field of hypersonic flow.

Optimizing winglets for minimum drag, more efficient flight

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 08:30   If you’ve ever taken a photo out the window of a commercial airplane, you most likely have a great shot of a winglet.
Harry Hilton

Merging mathematical and physical models toward building a more perfect flying vehicle

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 10:15   Professor Emeritus Harry Hilton brought together several mathematical and physical theories to help look at problems in more unified ways and solve physical engineering problems
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Senior aircraft design project wins first place

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 09:00   A team from Huy Tran's senior design class won first place in an AIAA aircraft design competition.
Doctoral student Aaron Perry, Assistant Professor Philip Ansell, and former master’s student Je Won Hong discuss the construction of the airfoil model with overwing ducted fans.

Opening communication lines between propulsion and airflow poses new questions

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 09:15   On the runway to more fuel-efficient aircraft, one alternative propulsion scheme being explored is an array of electrically powered ducted fans.
Robyn Macdonald

Two-part research papers receive double recognition

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 11:15   AE doctoral candidate Robyn Macdonald studying with Associate Professor Marco Panesi received two recent awards.
Daniel Bodony

Keeping the science in science fiction

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 14:00   When Marvel Studios began producing the Black Panther movie, they called on sound and acoustics expert Daniel Bodony with the goal of adding some level of scientific plausibility to the fiction.

“Sandwiched” copper nanosprings mediate between materials that respond differently to heat

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 14:15   Copper nanospring film has the compliance of soft polymers but up to 100 times higher thermal conductivity than any other material with similar elasticity.
Robert D. Braun

New Mars exploration technologies topic of annual H.S. Stillwell lecture

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 13:30   Robert D. Braun is this year’s speaker for the Stillwell Lecture on Monday, Sept. 24 at 4 p.m. in the auditorium at NCSA.
Scott White

Two funds created to honor, remember Professor Scott White

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 13:45   Throughout his career at the University of Illinois, Scott White influenced people on many levels, but particularly the students he advised and fellow faculty members with whom he worked and conducted research. In keeping with those two spheres of influence, two funds are being created to honor his life.