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

Alumna Jeanette Epps Tapped for
Boeing Starliner Spaceflight

NASA astronaut and alumna Jeanette J. Epps (M.S. '94, Ph.D. '00) has been assigned to the Boeing Starliner-1 mission, the first operational crewed flight of the Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft.

Epps will join NASA astronauts Sunita Williams and Josh Cassada for a six-month expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), with the launch planned for 2021. READ MORE.


Rankings released in U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Colleges report have placed the Department of Aerospace Engineering in the top tiers of undergraduate education while the Clark School of Engineering moved up three spots, to number 22 from 25 nationally, among undergraduate engineering programs; ranking number 12 among public institutions.
John Langford photo
Join Us for the Upcoming
Minta Martin Lecture in Aerospace Engineering
Speaker: Dr. John S. Langford, III
"Promises and Pitfalls of Electrified Aircraft Propulsion"
October 13, 2020 | 4:00 p.m. EDT
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Hybrid SOFC-Turbogenerator for Aircraft Newest DOE Awardee

Professor Christopher Cadou will lead newly funded project to develop a highly efficient and cost-effective hybrid-electric turbogenerator suitable for powering narrow body aircraft like the B737.

Survivability as Sensor
New ONR-funded research by Assistant Professor Michael Otte could improve UAV use for search and rescues in hazardous conditions with no communication network.

UMD Researchers Identify Structure of Blue Whirls
Researchers at UMD and Texas A&M University have identified how “bue whirls”—small, spinning blue flames that produce almost no soot when they burn—are structured.

Becnel Receives SAMPE Grant to Support STEM Outreach Activities in Partnership with FAMES®

Dr. Andrew Becnel received a five-thousand dollar, two-year grant from the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) to support STEM outreach activities with FAMES® | Finance, Arts and STEM


Modernizing DaVinci

UMD students take top spots in this year's Vertical Flight Society's Student Design Competition with their designs—Elico and Samsara—which won first (Graduate Category) and second (Undergraduate Category) place.

Team Takes a Top Spot in NASA RASC-AL Design Competition

Team ASTRO, "Robotic Habitat Technologies for Minimizing Crew Maintenance Requirements,” took first place in the "Autonomous Utilization and Maintenance for Gateway and/or Mars-class Transportation” theme at this year's NASA 2020 RASC-AL competition.

Darryll and Sylvia Pines Maryland Promise Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the friends of Darryll J. Pines, Ph.D. and Sylvia L. Pines to honor his visionary leadership and service to the A. James Clark School of Engineering. The endowed fund will support need-based scholarships with a preference given to undergraduate students at the University of Maryland under the auspices of the Clark Challenge for the Maryland Promise Program. GIVE TODAY
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.
The Department of Aerospace Engineering welcomes gifts to this or any scholarship fund.

Or, are you looking to honor a faculty member who made an impact on a student, past or present?

Learn more by contacting Almarie Wood at or 301-405-9836, or visit

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