- Published November 01, 2013
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By successfully defending his dissertation, Gregory Reed will in December become the first doctoral graduate of the Modeling and Simulation (M&S) degree program at UAH.
The UAH M&S degree program, approved by the Board of Trustees in 2010, is one of only three in the nation that awards doctoral degrees. It has so far graduated three students with master's degrees in M&S. The first master's graduates of the M&S program were Retonya L. Dunning and Frederick M. Segrest, both of whom received their degrees in fall 2012.
- Published October 31, 2013
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Students from the Reliability and Failure Analysis Laboratory (RFAL) at UAH won awards for the best graduate and undergraduate presentations at the Huntsville chapter of the Society of Reliability Engineers (SRE) annual Reliability and Maintainability VI (RAM VI) workshop.
In his talk, graduate student Greg Doud reviewed on-going testing with RFAL's shaker table. Later, undergraduate Hunter Bray informed the group of the lab's new cellulose-based carbon fiber research. Both students received scholarship checks for $750.
- Published October 28, 2013
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A UAH aerospace engineering undergraduate student's idea for a new, more efficient way to package rocket engines has won him and two UAH professors a recent patent.
Sean Entrekin, now a UAH graduate with a master's degree in aerospace engineering, is an experimental flight test engineer at Redstone Testing Center. He joined with Dr. James Blackmon, a research professor at the UAH Propulsion Research Center, and Dr. Brian Landrum, an associate professor of aerospace engineering, in the patent award.
- Published October 24, 2013
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Using technology found in cell phones, inexpensive sensors being tested at Monte Sano State Park might one day soon save lives by giving advance warning of deadly landslides in at-risk areas around the world.
The wireless test sensors are installed around an active landslide zone in the park. A team from the Atmospheric Science Department at UAH is studying the sensors to see whether they can provide useful information about soil stability and the likelihood of an impending landslide.
Recent research estimated that more than 4,500 people are killed and thousands of others are injured in landslides around the world every year.
- Published October 22, 2013
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Genetics may provide humankind its most comprehensive answers in controlling the age-old scourges of malaria, dengue fever and West Nile virus by eliminating the ability of vector mosquitos to host the diseases.
But the new genetic solutions that involve introducing engineered malaria-resistant mosquitos or mosquitos replete with engineered resistant gut bacteria raise questions of their own. How large of a population with the genetic trait will be needed to be viable? Will the population survive, persist and mate with wild mosquitos? Is it possible to completely overtake the susceptible wild population with resistant mosquitos? Among the large number of biological factors involved in such a process, what are the most sensitive and important ones to make the genetic solutions work? As far as the release of genetically altered mosquitos into the field is concerned, what are the better strategies for that biologically as well as economically?
- Published October 10, 2013
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Five UAH students were awarded scholarships at the Von Braun Memorial Dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 9.
Awarded $2,000 Von Braun Memorial Scholarships by the National Space Club-Huntsville (NSC-H) were physics major Adrien Saremi (4.00 GPA), physics major Ryo Suzuki (3.98 GPA) and Earth systems science major Elinor Crook (3.97 GPA).
- Published October 03, 2013
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The atmosphere in the southeastern U.S. was primed for disaster in late April 2011. Conditions were almost perfect for a massive outbreak of tornado spawning storm cells.
Over a four-day period - April 25 through April 28 - at least 356 tornadoes were spun out of a series of atmospheric disturbances that affected an area from northeastern Texas to New York; 199 of those tornadoes, including the deadliest and most powerful, hit Alabama and surrounding states on April 27, 2011, killing 361 people, leaving another 2,700 injured and causing an estimated $4 billion in damage.
- Published October 02, 2013
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UAH President Robert Altenkirch toured a new Manned/Unmanned Collaborative Systems Integration Laboratory in Olin B. King Technology Hall on campus on Tuesday, Oct. 1.
The culmination of efforts that began in 2009, the $80,000 lab is a UAH/Army partnership and was built for the cost of materials alone by the America's Army Game Studios, said Dr. Thomas W. Davis, chief of the weapons branch of the U.S. Army's Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. The new lab will utilize data collected from UAH student players, who have grown up with video games, to develop warfighter systems to build effective teaming, decision making and performance, said Dr. Davis.
- Published October 01, 2013
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The sixth Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium will be held by the American Astronautical Society (AAS) Oct. 7-10 in Chan Auditorium of the Business Administration Building on the campus of UAH.
"The symposium is an excellent way to draw together experts in the field, who then have the opportunity to exchange information and together envision the future of space exploration," said Dr. Ray Vaughn, UAH vice president for research. "It's a great way for the leaders in their fields to communicate with each other, touch base on developments and plan what's next."
- Published September 26, 2013
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A space-based laser system proposed to NASA by UAH researchers could be a cost-effective way to nudge small asteroids away from a collision course with Earth.
With the February meteor explosion in Russia heightening U.S. government interest in how asteroid collisions with Earth can be prevented, the UAH scientists say using their system against smaller asteroids will provide practical scientific data needed to scale it up to defend against very large asteroids.