- Published February 01, 2012
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A team of scientists and students from The University of Alabama in Huntsville participated in a special symposium on 2011's tornado disasters at the annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society last month in New Orleans.
- Published January 20, 2012
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John Kvach first thought of creating a geocache trail project for his public history students attending The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAHuntsville) last fall.
- Published January 13, 2012
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Dr. Jim Simpson and Dr. Yeqing Bao look at things a little differently than most. They typically visit China once or twice a year to recruit business students to The University of Alabama in Huntsville. While there, they visit industries, speak to business executives and lecture at some of the most prestigious universities in China.
- Published January 13, 2012
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11:10 a.m., on Thursday, Feb. 2 Psychology professor Dr. Marita A. O'Brien will examine and discuss the "Psychology of Hazardous Weather Warnings," next month on the campus of The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAHuntsville).
- Published November 21, 2011
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Oct. 7, 2011) - Deep in the bowels of the Optics Building on the campus of The University of Alabama in Huntsville, there exists a large Plexiglass enclosure, a whirling polishing head swirls over a glass mirror, methodically polishing the surface.
A controlled stream of abrasive slurry plays constantly on the surface being polished and the computer controlled polishing bonnet, forming a halo as it is thrown off by polish head spinning at up to 2,000 rpm.
This is the polish head of the Zeeko IRP-600X in action. It is capable of shaping free-form optical surfaces in virtually any material that can be polished: glass, metals, even many composites, says Dr. Pat Reardon, UAHuntsville's Center for Applied Optics (CAO) Interim Director and principal research scientist.
- Published November 21, 2011
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Sept. 27, 2011) - A system that uses data from satellites to predict "pop up" thunderstorms has been incorporated into the weather forecasting software used to plan thousands of airline and commercial airplane flights in the U.S. every day.
Developed at The University of Alabama in Huntsville, the Satellite Convection AnalySis & Tracking (SATCAST) system uses data from NOAA's GOES East weather satellite to monitor cumulus clouds as they develop, move and grow before they become thunderstorms. Using satellite data over the eastern two-thirds of the United States, SATCAST works with other forecast technology to give 15-minute to two-hour warnings of convective thunderstorms before they develop.
- Published November 21, 2011
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For decades, federal agencies at Redstone Arsenal - the U.S. Army's Aviation and Missile Command, Space and Missile Defense Command and NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center - have turned to The University of Alabama in Huntsville in the search for solutions to complex technical issues.
- Published November 09, 2011
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Nov. 9, 2011) - The University of Alabama in Huntsville today celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Research Institute and opened its newest lab, The Reliability and Failure Analysis Laboratory (RFAL).
RFAL is designed to enable research to reduce the cost of ownership of defense and aerospace systems, according to Rhoades. University officials held a ceremony to mark the official opening of the lab.
The UAH Research Institute was created as a result of Dr. Wernher von Braun's impassioned plea to the Alabama Legislature to fund a research institute on the campus of The University of Alabama in Huntsville. The Alabama Legislature responded with a $3 million investment.
"It was the strong encouragement from our federal partners that motivated the Alabama Legislature to provide seed money to create the UAH Research Institute," said Dick Rhoades, director of the research institute. "We have chosen to celebrate that creation today, in the building built with those state funds, while also officially opening the institute's newest laboratory."
The genesis of the institute was more about hiring faculty to teach graduate level courses and less about conducting actual research. In the early 1960s, Von Braun, NASA and the U.S. Army had a pressing need to provide advanced courses to Redstone Arsenal employees. Offering courses at the master's and doctorate level was crucial to meeting the nation's challenge of space exploration.
At that time, there was a very real threat from Washington, D.C. to transfer the development of America's space program to California or Massachusetts rather than invest necessary dollars in Alabama.
That was the motivation behind Von Braun's remark during his address to the Alabama Legislature: "To make Huntsville more attractive to technical and scientific people across the country - and to further develop the people we have now - the academic and research environment of Huntsville and Alabama must be improved and improved immediately."
Today, the Research Institute has become an integral part of the campus, providing cutting-edge research in addition to contributing to the academic mission of the university, particularly at the graduate level.
UAHuntsville annually produces approximately 40 Ph.D. and 350 master's degrees. Also, earlier this year, the university was classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a very high research institution, which places the university as one of only 73 public universities in the nation with that distinction.
The success that Huntsville, Alabama, and UAH enjoy today is a result of our response to those early challenges and the vision of Wernher von Braun.
What UAH Research Institute does:
Applied research and engineering programs, principally to meet the needs of Department of Defense customers, but with significant related work for NASA and private industry.
The institute staff has expertise in technologies related to system development, acquisition, supply chain management, and system sustainability. These disciplines include systems engineering and project management, technical risk assessment, supply chain modeling, reliability centered maintenance, and conditioned based maintenance.
In addition, the Research Institute staff has expertise in the development and management of international projects to include supply chain optimization, organizational design, and management of technical professionals. Members of the staff currently serve as committee chair for the SAE reliability committee and the executive director for the MIT Supply Chain Forum.
The Institute operates a lab for studying the interactions of a vehicle with its environment at high velocity and has the capability to measure high-velocity impact phenomena.
The UAH Research Institute's newest capability is its Reliability and Failure Analysis Laboratory. This facility is the cornerstone of research in the area of physics of failure and serves the Redstone community as a test bed for investigations into component reliability.
For more information,
contact Chrystal Morgan
- Published October 18, 2011
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- The Rare Synoptic and Mesoscale Setup Leading to the 27 Apr 2011 Tornado Outbreak, Dr. Timothy Coleman, UAHuntsville.
- Evolution and Impacts of the 27 April 2011 Early Morning Quasi-Linear Convective System, Andy Kula and Stephen Latimer, NOAA/National Weather Service; and Dr. Kevin Knupp and Dr. Timothy Coleman, UAHuntsville.
- Analysis of the North Alabama MCV on the Morning of 27 April 2011, Stephanie Mullins and Kevin Knupp, UAHuntsville.
- Preliminary Observations of the Mid-day 27 April 2011 North Alabama Tornadic QLCS from Multiple Radar Platforms. Ryan A. Wade, Todd A. Murphy and Kevin R. Knupp, UAHuntsville.
- Dual-Polarimetric Radar-based Tornado Debris Paths Associated with EF-4 and EF-5 Tornadoes over Northern Alabama during the historic outbreak of 27 April 2011 Lawrence D. Carey, Christopher J. Schultz and Elise V. Schultz, UAHuntsville; Walter A. Petersen, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; Patrick N. Gatlin and Kevin R. Knupp, UAHuntsville; Andrew L. Molthan and Gary J. Jedlovec, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; and Christopher B. Darden, NOAA/National Weather Service, Huntsville, AL.
- The Use of Dual Polarimetric Tornadic Debris Signatures in an Operational Setting Christopher J. Schultz and Elise V. Schultz, Dept of Atmospheric Science, UAHuntsville; Christopher B. Darden, Brian C. Carcione, Christina C. Crowe and David J. Nadler, NOAA/National Weather Service; Lawrence D. Carey, Earth System Science Center, UAHuntsville; Walter A. Petersen, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; Patrick N. Gatlin, Earth System Science Center, UAHuntsville, and Kevin R. Knupp, Dept of Atmospheric Science, UAHuntsville.
- Preliminary Look at Public Perceptions of and Responses to Warnings in the 27 April 2011 Tornado Outbreak, Kim Klockow, University of Oklahoma; and Stephanie Mullins and Elise Schultz, UAHuntsville.
- Use of Dual-Polarization Radar to Assess Low-Level Wind Shear in Severe Thunderstorm Near- Storm Environments in the Tennessee Valley Christina C. Crowe, NOAA/National Weather Service, Huntsville, AL; Christopher J. Schultz, UAHuntsville; Matthew Kumjian, CIMMS NWS/OAR/LCI, Norman, OK; Lawrence D. Carey, UAHuntsville; and Walter A. Petersen, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL.
- Observations and Operational Importance of Wave Like Features Interacting with QLCS, Todd A. Murphy, Ryan A. Wade, Timothy A. Coleman and Kevin R. Knupp, UAHuntsville.
- High Impact Weather Forecasts and Warnings with the GOES-R Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) Steven Goodman, NOAA/NESDIS/GOES-R Program Office, Greenbelt, MD; Richard Blakeslee and William Koshak, NASA/MSFC, Huntsville, AL; and Douglas Mach, UAHuntsville.
- An Overview of the Total Lightning Jump Algorithm: Past, Present and Future Work. Christopher J. Schultz, UAHuntsville; Walter A. Petersen, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL; Lawrence D. Carey, UAHuntsville; and Wiebke Deierling and Cathy Kessinger, Research Applications Laboratory, NCAR, Boulder, CO.
- Analysis of May 15, 1998 Iowa/Minnesota Derecho. Wesley Terwey, University of South Alabama, Mobile; and Ryan Wade, UAHuntsville.
- C-Band Dual-Polarimetric Radar Signatures of Hail. Matthew E. Anderson, NOAA/National Weather Service, Topeka, KS; Lawrence D. Carey, UAHuntsville; Walt A. Petersen, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL; and Kevin R. Knupp, UAHuntsville.
- External Mesoscale Effects on Mesocyclones and Tornadoes. Timothy A. Coleman and Kevin R. Knupp, UAHuntsville.
- Preliminary Observations of Convective Initiation and Mesocyclone Interactions with Atmospheric Waves on 27 April 2011. Todd A. Murphy and Kevin R. Knupp, UAHuntsville.
- Severe Weather Summary for Central Alabama on April 27, 2011. Jessica N. Talley and Kevin B. Laws, NOAA/National Weather Service, Birmingham; and Kevin K. Fuell, UAHuntsville & NASA/SPoRT Center.
- The Kinematic, Microphysical, and Electrical Characteristics of the 27 April 2011 Cullman EF-4 Tornadic Thunderstorm. Elise V. Schultz and Christopher J. Schultz, UAHuntsville; Walter A. Petersen, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; and Lawrence D. Carey and Kevin R. Knupp, UAHuntsville.
- Evaluation of Dual-Polarimetric Radar in a Physically-Based Lightning Cessation Nowcasting Application. Elise V. Schultz and Lawrence D. Carey, UAHuntsville; and Walter A. Petersen, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL.
- Demonstration of RGB Composite Imagery at NOAA National Centers in Preparation for GOES-R. Kevin Kenneth Fuell, UAHuntsville & NASA/SPoRT Center, and Dr. Andrew Molthan, NASA/SPoRT Center and MSFC, Huntsville, AL.
- NREPS Applications for Water Supply and Management in California and Tennessee. Patrick Gatlin, Mariana Felix Scott and Lawrence D. Carey, Earth System Science Center, UAHuntsville, and Walter A. Petersen, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL
- Objective Validation of Satellite-Based Convective Initiation Algorithms Using Radar. Valliappa Lakshmanan, University of Oklahoma & NOAA/OAR/NSSL, Norman, OK; Robert Rabin, NOAA/OAR/NSSL, Norman, OK; Justin Sieglaff, CIMSS University of Wisconsin at Madison, Madison, WI; John Walker, UAHuntsville; and Gary Wade, NOAA/NESDIS/STAR, Madison, WI.
- Severe Storm Identification with the Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit (AMSU). Ralph Ferraro and Chi Quinn, NOAA/NESDIS, College Park, MD; and Daniel Cecil, UAHuntsville.
- The SUVI On-Orbit Calibration Underflight Program: A Feasibility Study. Linda Habash Krause, Amy R. Winebarger, and Jonathan W. Cirtain, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; Ken Kobayashi and Brian M. Robinson, UAHuntsville; and Steven D. Pavelitz, NASA Marshal Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL.
- Published October 14, 2011
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A contingent of UAHuntsville students traveled to Capetown, South Africa for the 2011 International Astronautical Conference.
The IAC is the world's largest annual gathering of space professionals from nearly all areas of expertise, including the heads of the world's space agencies, senior policy and decision-makers, as well as leading scientists, engineers, program managers, and explorers from around the world.
The UAHuntsville group consisted of 16 undergraduate and graduate students, along with 10 faculty members and research staff. The students participating had each submitted an original research abstract several months ago, and were selected through peer review to complete the research, author a paper, and present their work in person to a large audience of experienced managers, astronauts, leading engineers, historians, and policy-makers from around the world.
The sessions, which took place at the week-long conference in Cape Town, covered space related topics including propulsion engineering, earth science and remote sensing, high-energy particle measurements in the atmosphere, environmental control and life support for human spaceflight, space policy, and space history.
While attending the conference, UAHuntsville students were also honored to take part in private breakfasts with: NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden; Thomas Reiter, former Astronaut aboard Soyuz and Space Shuttle, and current Head of Human Spaceflight and Exploration at the European Space Agency; Mr. Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director General of the European Space Agency; Professor Johann-Dietrich Woerner, Executive Director of the DLR; and Dr. David Kendall, Director of Science and Technology for the Canadian Space Agency. These meetings, arranged through the UAHuntsville Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), added additional value to the students' experience, giving them first-hand access to many of the world's most prominent space leaders.
"To be a university student, and be afforded the opportunity to have in depth conversations with the head of NASA, the European Space Agency, and other incredible leaders, was simply amazing," said mechanical engineering major Brandon Setayesh, who says he has found a renewed energy for pursing his career after attending the conference. "I will never forget the opportunity that UAHuntsville has provided me, and know that the connections I made in Cape Town will have an impact on my future."
Student participation was facilitated through a grant from OVPR, and organized by the Coordinator for Student Research Programs, Mr. David Cook.
Dr. Christina Carmen, a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, served as faculty advisor to several of the involved students on their research projects, and her paper, titled "Integration of a NASA ESMD Faculty Fellowship Project Within an Undergraduate Engineering Capstone Design Class" was also selected for the conference. Additional UAHuntsville papers were contributed at the IAC in heavily attended sessions involving Dr. Elizabeth Newton, Dr. Richard Fork, Dr. Richard Tyson and Dr. Michael Griffin.
"The IAC is the world's biggest annual space conference. As we continue to raise the profile and contributions of our university to the world community, the IAC is a place where we simply must be very visible, as a leading research university based in a deeply rich spaceflight community. It is very encouraging, and incredibly satisfying, to see our students interacting in one-on-one situations with some of the world's pre-eminent leaders from all facets of space," said Dr. John Horack, Vice President for Research at UAHuntsville. "Our students derive a greater sense of confidence in their abilities, expand their professional network, and raise the level of their professional capabilities, while building a much better idea about what their future may have in store."
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