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News from the University of Maryland's Department of Aerospace Engineering  |  Summer 2020

Unraveling the Mysteries of Asteroids

Associate Professor Christine Hartzell is a participating scientist on the NASA OSIRIS-REx research team, and she was part of recent efforts to understand puzzling new particle ejection behavior being observed in Asteroid Bennu.


Engineering Robotic Starfish

Professor Derek Paley and colleagues are working to create soft underwater robot appendages that mimic the behavior of sea stars, brittle stars, and basket stars. Paley envisions robotic starfish operating in groups, creating sensor networks that could explore inaccessible parts of the ocean.

Two UMD Teams Selected for 2021 NASA M2M X-Hab Challenge

On June 11, NASA announced that two UMD teams were selected for the 2021 Moon to Mars eXploration Systems and Habitation Academic Innovation Challenge.

The teams will include students at all levels from freshman in Aerospace Engineering’s ENAE100 introductory seminar course to graduate students.
UMD Names Paley a 2020-21 Distinguished Scholar-Teacher

Zhang and Chung Receive Aerospace Department Research Awards


UMD Student Team Advances in UAS Competition

Stage 1 results in the NIST-sponsored First Responder UAS Endurance Challenge have been announced—and a team of UMD aerospace engineering students is one of ten winners.

Nine Students Awarded 2020 Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarships

UMD Aerospace Engineering students receive nine out of 29 awarded Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarships awarded nationally.

Congratulations to Aerospace Engineering’s 2020 Honors and Award Recipients

The Department of Aerospace Engineering would like to congratulate all of this year’s departmental honors and awards recipients recognized for their outstanding scholarship and commitment to service and leadership.

Break Records: The Flying Carpet

Eight students have spent the past two years hatching a modular, flexible drone—a two-dimensional flying surface composed of over 100 palm-sized individual motors, with the ability to configure into any shape and size.

Two Clark School teams take top spots in VFS micro air vehicle competition

Graduating Senior, Quinn Kupec, 3D Prints Personal Protective Equipment for Area Hospitals

Flush With Excitement

Aerospace engineering senior, Tuvia Rappaport part of grand prize winning team in this year's Pitch Dingman Competition


Devoted to Diversity

Alumna Sylvie DeLaHunt’s (’14, M.S. ’16) ongoing efforts to improve diversity and inclusion featured in Aerospace America.
Alumni-Run Company Vertex Aerospace Establishes New Scholarship in Engineering

Vertex Aerospace co-founders Nick Teti (mechanical engineering ’85) and Rommel Zara (aerospace engineering ’00) created a scholarship to support freshman engineering students from the Maryland region.

Supporting Terps During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has created extreme financial hardships for many of our students— lost jobs, food insecurity, lack of housing and much more.

The UMD Student Crisis Fund has been answering these students’ requests for help--almost 1,100 students to date!-- but at least 500 applicants are still on the waiting list.

You can make an immediate impact on students’ lives by giving today at
Are you looking to honor a faculty member who made an impact on a student, past or present?

The Department of Aerospace Engineering welcomes gifts to this or any scholarship fund. Learn more by contacting Almarie Wood at or 301-405-9836.

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Contributions to the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Maryland help create more educational and research opportunities for our students, faculty, and department. Your contribution, no matter how large or small, can have an impact on a student today, and create far reaching impacts for tomorrow.

The Aerospace Engineering Chair's Undergraduate Education Fund supports initiatives and awards for undergraduates at the discretion of the Department Chair such as, but not limited to awards, student team materials, conference and competition travel, and student grants.

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