The Department’s mission is to turn our students into future engineering leaders who will make an impact on the world. Student projects, organizations and research offer unique opportunities for our students to network with peers and faculty, travel to national conferences and competitions and explore possible career paths while building up a strong resume. In addition to these valuable benefits, our students also gain important technical knowledge and critical thinking skills. The real leaders in ASE/EM are the alumni, parents, corporate partners and friends who provide financial support to our students.

Women in Aerospace for Leadership Development (WIALD)

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The Women in Aerospace for Leadership and Development is a student-run organization that focuses on facilitating the development of leadership skills for women in all undergraduate engineering majors while attracting and retaining more women in engineering by making group activities fun, exciting and ultimately valuable in achieving long-range career goals. We also focus on a different hands-on project each year, switching between atmospheric and space in order to gain a wider field of experience. This year we will be competing in the SAE Aero Design Competition, where we will create an original aircraft design and compete head to head with other teams from around the country. In addition to designing and building the aircraft, we will be conducting an oral presentation, a design report and a flight performance. This competition was developed and designed by industry professionals with the focus on educational value and hands-on experience through exposure to today's technical and technology advancements. Estimated Cost: $10,000

Texas Aerial Robotics (TAR)

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Texas Aerial Robotics (TAR) is a student organization aimed at giving students the opportunity to build, program and fly a fully autonomous multi-copter. TAR competes in the International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC) which challenges students to use fully autonomous drones to solve missions at the cutting edge of aerial vehicles. Those missions include tasks that have never been done before, which require TAR to develop and utilize computer vision, neural networks, control algorithms, computational modeling, 3d design and corporate relations to accomplish. Estimated Cost: $20,000

Longhorn Rocketry Association (LRA)

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The Longhorn Rocketry Association is continuing to push the bounds of undergraduate rocketry with its hybrid engine and Spaceport America Cup (SAC) projects. The club is working on integrating a flight-weight engine into a rocket airframe to launch at SAC 2019 along with other exciting research projects. This year will see the creation of a research and development team dedicated to advanced missions such as air-braking and engine throttling. The newly built engine test facility at Pickle Research Campus (PRC) is in full operation with more developments and improvements planned, including a vertical test stand. The club is continuing to build towards the goal of launching an entirely student designed, built and tested rocket to 100,000 feet and then further to the edge of space. Estimated Cost: $25,000

Design/Build/Fly (DBF)

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The UT Design/Build/Fly (DBF) team is developing a radio-controlled aircraft for the international AIAA Design/Build/Fly competition, hosted by Raytheon in Tucson, Arizona in April 2019. Each competition consists of various flight and ground missions that change from year to year based on that year’s rules and theme. Last year’s theme was “Regional and Business Aircraft” which required the construction of a small aircraft with parts that were easily replaceable and which was capable of carrying both "passengers" and payload. During the school year, students will learn firsthand how a team of engineers must work together to create a functioning product by a set deadline. The team will utilize composites, wood, testing and machining equipment and electric motors during construction all to optimize aircraft performance while keeping manufacturing affordable. Estimated Cost: $12,000

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV Austin)

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The UT Unmanned Aerial Vehicle team, UAV Austin, is continuing the development and construction of the team’s next generation unmanned aerial system (UAS), Phoenix III, in preparation for the 2019 AUVSI Student Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS) competition held in St. Mary's County, Maryland. Recently, at the 2018 AUVSI SUAS competition, UAV Austin placed sixth out of 63 teams, which is record-placement for the team. Unlike the team’s previous system, Phoenix III will be designed and built ground-up by the students. The UAS will feature full-composite body and upgraded electronics with aerodynamically optimized structure. The team has also incorporated modular system technology to the design of Phoenix III, which will allow gradual and substantial growth of the UAS over a long period. Additionally, the team is upgrading the ground station with new hardware in order to increase efficiency of test and competition flights. This includes a new tracking antenna, which will provide a more effective communication system. Estimated Cost: $10,000

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