Raquel Galvan, BS ASE 2009, was the recipient of the Cockrell School of Engineering Outstanding Scholar Leadership Award for the fall 2009 semester.

Associate Professor Cesar Ocampo is currently involved in several specific projects associated with the optimization of spacecraft trajectories. This research examines all the different aspects associated with determining the optimal orbital paths for one or more spacecraft, that may operate in simple to complex gravitational field environments, and that may use a broad range of propulsion systems.

Professor Robert Bishop has been elected a Fellow of the American Astronautical Society (AAS).

Kenneth Liechti has been elected to Associate Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

On September 1, I started the basic astronaut training program at the European Astronaut Center in Cologne, Germany. I am sure that the next many years will be full of excitement and adventure, but I hope they will also be as stimulating, challenging, and above all, as much fun as the four years that I spent at UT.