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Research 

Ufuk Topcu Leads $7.5 Million Project to Create Truly Autonomous Systems

Ufuk Topcu is leading a research team that is planning for a future when unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have the ability to fly themselves in emergency situations.

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Awards

Student and Alumnus Receive NSF Graduate Fellowships

Aerospace engineering senior Siddarth Kaki and alumnus Adarsh Patra are recipients of the highly competitive NSF Graduate Fellowship award.

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Faculty Positions

Join Our Faculty

Learn more about our faculty openings for tenured faculty and non tenure-track positions.

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Department News

April 23, 2018

Cloud-Based Laboratory

This cloud-based laboratory created by Dr. Luis Sentis and his graduate students allows students and researchers to run experiments with equipment housed at The University of Texas at Austin from anywhere in the world.

April 9, 2018

New ASE/EM Faculty Member Named Next Director of ICES

New ASE/EM faculty member Karen E. Willcox has been selected as the new director of the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) at The University of Texas at Austin.

Upcoming Seminar

April 26, 2018

Fluid-Induced Large Deformation at Soft Material Interfaces with Blisters and Craters

Shutao Qiao

Location: WRW 102
Time: 3:30 pm

Image Gallery

  • GRACE Follow-on Satellites
    GRACE Follow-on Satellites
    Dr. Srinivas Bettadpur is leading the launch of the GRACE Follow-On Mission, replacing the twin GRACE satellites that have been measuring Earth's water and mass movement for 15 years. The new satellites will take more accurate measurements and provide important data on the rate of melting ice, rising ocean levels and depleted aquifers.
  • Air Systems Lab Design
    Air Systems Lab Design
    The student Air Systems Lab supports our capstone aircraft design course and provides work and meeting areas for our AIAA Design/Build/Fly and UT Unmanned Vehicle Systems teams and the Longhorn Rocket Association. 
  • Plasma Torch Testing
    Plasma Torch Testing
    A graphite test article is being tested in the hot plume of an inductively coupled plasma torch to study the effects of high temperature air on spacecraft heat-shield materials. The air temperature is about 7000 K and the flow is left to right. Credit: Dr. Noel Clemens and Dr. Philip Varghese
  • Flexible Rotor Blade
    Flexible Rotor Blade
    Dr. Jayant Sirohi and his research team are using this flexible rotor stand to conduct experiments that could improve helicopter blade design and increase efficiency during natural disasters, emergency situations and military missions.
  • Strain Contours
    Strain Contours
    Strain contours from DIC analysis of an isothermal tension experiment on pseudoelastic NiTi tube. The results show the helical fingered deformation pattern through which the phase transformation spreads. -Center for Mechanics of Solids, Structures and Materials (Kyriakides Research Group)
  • Deepwater Horizon Spill
    Deepwater Horizon Spill
    This Landsat 5 image of the Mississippi Delta was collected in May 2010 and used to observe and forecast the movement of surface oil slicks during the Bp Deepwater Horizon spill. -Center for Space Research (Dawson and Wells Research Groups)
  • Hurricane Harvey Storm Surge Model
    Hurricane Harvey Storm Surge Model
    Maximum water levels predicted by the Advanced Circulation Surge Guidance System during Hurricane Harvey. Color contours represent feet of water above sea level. Shown here is the coastal bend region of Texas where the hurricane made landfall. Credit: Dr. Clint Dawson, UT Austin Computational Hydraulics Research Group
  • RadioLynx
    RadioLynx
    The "RadioLynx" is a dual-antenna, dual-frequency GNSS front-end developed in collaboration with the UT Austin Radionavigation Lab led by Dr. Todd Humphreys. It will enable robust and precise positioning for pedestrians and cyclists at a very low cost.
  • Materials Research: Graphene Transfer
    Materials Research: Graphene Transfer
    Dr. Kenneth Liechti and his research teamhave found that graphene can be transferred to new materials by peeling, a technique that has potential to break a bottleneck that’s limiting the use of this versatile material in the next generation of electronics. 
  • Rippling of Graphene Sheet
    Rippling of Graphene Sheet
    An atomistic landscape: Rippling of a graphene sheet (a monolayer of carbon atoms) -Huang Research Group
  • Senior Aircraft Design Team - Fall 2017
    Senior Aircraft Design Team - Fall 2017
    Each semester our aircraft design seniors participate in a student fly-off where two teams compete against each other. Each team is required to build, design and fly their aircraft autonomously to perform various missions.
  • Texas Aerial Robotics Quadcopter
    Texas Aerial Robotics Quadcopter
    Our Texas Aerial Robotics team practices flying this quadcopter (drone) on the roof of the WRW building. The team was established to compete in the International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC).
  • Ground Communication System
    Ground Communication System
    Student members of the Texas Spacecraft Lab with the ground communication system that will be used to communicate with the ARMADILLO satellite
  • Soft Tissue Biomechanics Lab
    Soft Tissue Biomechanics Lab
    Dr. Manuel Rausch (right) and his students are researching the mechanical properties of blood clots and chordae tendineae—heartstrings—with the goal of improving treatment for medical issues like heart disease and pregnancy complications.
  • Electronic Tattoo
    Electronic Tattoo
    Dr. Nanshu Lu is shown here wearing the electronic tattoo, which she and her team have developed to monitor bodily functions and signals from the heart and brain.
  • HexaCopter
    HexaCopter
    Todd Humphreys and his research team successfully performed GPS spoofing attacks on a 213-foot superyacht while it traveled on the Mediterranean Sea. A hexacopter with an HD video camera flies near the superyacht's satellite antennas. -Radionavigation Lab (Humphreys Research Group)
  • Pluto and Charon
    Pluto and Charon
    As Pluto's upper atmosphere escapes into space, a portion is attracted toward its largest moon, Charon, which captures a thin atmosphere of its own. Charon's gravity draws particles onto its leading face while focusing them into a high density (orange) region in its wake. -Computational Fluid Physics Lab (Goldstein/Varghese)

  • Texas Spacecraft Laboratory
    Texas Spacecraft Laboratory
    Dr. Noble Hatten works with a student in the Texas Spacecraft Laboratory. Dr. Hatten is director of the TSL, where undergraduate and graduate students work together to design, fabricate, test, and operate space-based tools.
  • Graphene Grown on Copper
    Graphene Grown on Copper
    This scanning electron microscope shows monolayer (lighter) and bilayer (darker) graphene grown on copper. The underlying copper grain structure and ridges within its grains can be seen. Bilayer graphene has a characteristic wrinkling pattern. -Liechti Research Group


  • Plasma Streams
    Plasma Streams
    Pulsed plasma jets are used to control separation in a shock wave/boundary layer interacion. The photo was captured in a mach 3 wind tunnel at the JJ pickle Research Campus. The flow is from left to right and the shock is induced by the compression ramp at right. -Flowfield Imaging Lab (Clemens Research Group)

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