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Apollo mission featuring all University of Michigan crew celebrating 50th anniversary

MLive details the Apollo 15 mission, was was helmed by astronauts David Scott, James Irwin and Al Worden—an all U-M crew.



Fix to software problem behind naval helicopter crash needed ‘forthwith’: experts

Ella Atkins says that a software issue preventing human pilots to regain control from automated software, resulting in a crash, should be patched immediately. Atkins is a professor of aerospace engineering and professor of electrical engineering and computer science.


MAY 25

Elon Musk’s Mars ambition could be the riskiest human quest ever

Nilton Renno says dust storms on Mars would be a huge challenge for humans trying to live on Mars. Renno is a professor of climate and space sciences and engineering and professor of aerospace engineering.


June 4, 2021

Get to know Michigan Aerospace alumna and Uber co-founder, Uma Subramanian

In this article she shares her career as a CEO at Aero, a leisure-focused luxury airline, and gives readers the inside scoop on her favorite things.


MAY 27, 2021

The Vertical Flight Society announces winners of the inaugural Design-Build-Vertical Flight Student Competition

The Vertical Flight Society has announced the winners of its inaugural Design-Build-Vertical Flight (DBVF) Competition. U-M Aerospace Engineering student team Michigan Vertical Flight Technology Team has been awarded 1st-place in the first round of the Vertical Flight Society’s Design-Build-Vertical Flight student competition for their preliminary design proposal for their aircraft.


MARCH 31, 2021

Siemens solutions and expertise help develop a groundbreaking course in MBSE

With a groundbreaking engineering course based on real-world MBSE product development tools and techniques, the University of Michigan is empowering students with the knowledge and hands-on skills that are needed by their future employers and underrepresented in engineering curricula. In 2020 Michigan Aerospace Engineering introduced a new systems engineering and leadership course. “We want to take this approach into other dimensions, other engineering departments,” says George Halow, Professor of Practice at Michigan Aerospace. “If it works in aerospace, why can’t it work in mechanical or biomedical or in any other engineering discipline? The sky is the limit as to where this can go.”


MARCH 31, 2021

New Space Tech Research Institutes to Advance Electric Propulsion, Entry Systems

Technology drives exploration, and as NASA eyes deep-space human exploration, technology is at the forefront of its plans. Preparing for these missions requires technology development within the agency and research by external experts in various fields. As part of this effort, NASA will establish two new university-led Space Technology Research Institutes (STRIs), which will join four already active institutes. The new STRIs will bring together researchers from different disciplines and organizations to tackle challenges associated with electric propulsion ground testing and atmospheric entry systems modeling. The new STRIs aim to advance these game-changing technologies for exploring the Moon, Mars, and beyond.


MARCH 30, 2021

Air Serv and University of Michigan Partner to Improve Aerial Support in Humanitarian Aid

Air Serv International and the University of Michigan have entered into a groundbreaking partnership aimed to improve transportation logistics in field programs. This is the first collaboration for Air Serv International, one of the world’s leading aviation service providers for humanitarian missions, and the University of Michigan’s Aerospace department, the fourth ranked undergraduate aerospace engineering program in the country. The two entities are actively working to explore the impact and advantages of aerospace technology in humanitarian operations, and are engaging in a year-long program to develop an unmanned aircraft designed specifically for this purpose.


March 25, 2021

Michigan Aerospace Professor Benjamin Jorns receives the AIAA Lawrence Sperry Award

Congratulations to Michigan Aerospace Professor Benjamin Jorns on receiving the AIAA Lawrence Sperry Award. He was honored “In recognition of his seminal experimental and theoretical work on wave-driven effects in Hall thrusters and his contributions to the development of advanced thruster technologies.”

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march 15, 2021

Michigan Aerospace alumnus Robert Dick Richmond invested into the Order of Canada for his remarkable contributions

Robert Richmond helped bring Canada’s aerospace industry to new heights between the 1950s and the 1980s. An aeronautical engineer, he is a founder, past president, and fellow of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute. Robert Richmond is a U-M Aerospace Engineering alumnus earning his undergraduate degree in 1942.

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march 8, 2021

Engineers of the Future: Maia Herrington

In honor of International Women’s Day, Siemens is showcasing some amazing female engineers. Maia Herrington, a sophomore at the University of Michigan studying Aerospace and Computer Engineering is involved not only in experiential learning opportunities, such as the Michigan Autonomous Aerial Vehicles team, but she also helps professors develop systems engineering-focused labs and courses aimed at teaching students how to efficiently design and manufacture products. Check out a few of Maia’s tips for finding your passion and making your goals a reality.


february 24, 2021

How planes keep flying after an engine catches fire

Aerospace professor Ella Atkins explains why planes can remain in the air after one of their engines fails.

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FEBRUARY 18, 2021

Aeronautics for the Modern World: The Work of Uma Subramanian

U-M Aerospace alumnus Uma Subramanian has been recognized for her incredible career journey to becoming a CEO and founder of Aero, the company she founded that delivers safe, eco-friendly, premium air travel. Read all about her career in the article below.