Structured reflection on roles and tasks improves team performance, UAHuntsville study finds

Kristin Weger, left, discusses study results with Dr. Sandra Carpenter.

Maybe the boss' staff meeting shouldn't be such a boring snooze, but rather a more structured event to improve the performance of the team, new basic research at UAHuntsville indicates.


Rotary valve could help propel craft to Mars one day

Dr. James Blackmon in his office with plastic models of the rotary valve made with a 3-D printer and a stainless steel version.

A rotary fuel delivery valve developed by a UAHuntsville team led by Dr. James Blackmon just might help us get manned space flights out of our immediate neighborhood one day, and he says it could have practical terrestrial applications. Dr. Blackmon, a principal research engineer at the university's Propulsion Research Center, figures that to travel to places like Mars and beyond we'll first have to decide what kind of fuel delivery system we'll use to feed the rocket engines and then we'll have to determine how we're going to rebuild or maintain that system during long stays in space. That's where the new valve comes in.


UAHuntsville, Economic Development Partnership get $1.5 million grant

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As part of a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration, UAHuntsville, the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama and private partners will join to support ongoing economic recovery in Alabama’s 67 counties.


Personal monitor systems may change healthcare

From left, Dr. Aleksandar Milenkovic, doctoral student and graduate assistant Mladen Milosevic and Dr. Emil Jovanov demonstrate one mHealth technology. The program developed at UA Huntsville uses the sensors in smart phones to monitor wheelchair use.

A wireless personal health monitoring system using smartphones to upload data via the Internet will revolutionize the U.S. healthcare industry, its pioneering creators say.


Model allows engineers to test fuel system efficiency on computers

Doctoral candidate Omid Samimi, left, and Dr. C. P. Chen discuss their computer simulation of evaporating fuel sprays.

Engineers will be able to design better fuel systems for everything from motorcycles to rockets faster and more inexpensively because of a mathematical fuels model developed at UAHuntsville.


Could asteroid mining become a space Gold Rush?


Grant Bergstue and Luke Burgess figure an asteroid mining space economy would be easier to build if there were the equivalent of a few Stuckey’s around out there. The pair of graduate students in the Laser Science and Engineering Group (LSEG) at The University of Alabama in Huntsville say the day will come when a space economy will need outposts on dwarf planets like Ceres to provide fuel, liquids and supplies.


NASA picks UAHuntsville to join team studying cosmic rays

Illustration of the JEM-EUSO instrument.

UAHuntville has been selected by NASA to participate in a mission designed to investigate the highest energy cosmic rays, single sub-atomic particles, each with as much kinetic energy as a major league pitcher’s fastball.


Innovation grant will drive growth in research; educate future aerospace workforce for Alabama

Governor Robert BentleyUAHuntsville has received an innovation grant that will be instrumental in advancing propulsion technology and maintaining Alabama’s status as one of the leading states in the nation in aerospace and propulsion research. UAH received a $300,000 grant as one of 15 research, innovation and job creation projects from Gov. Robert Bentley’s Alabama Innovation Fund.


UAHuntsville has critical role in audacious mission to the sun


HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Feb. 19, 2013) – A critical instrument on a historic space mission that will fly into the sun’s atmosphere is being tested after development by a partnership between The University of Alabama in Huntsville, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO). Designed to explore the mechanisms that heat the solar atmosphere and create solar weather, the mission’s data will be analyzed with help from UAHuntsville’s computing prowess.


Two ATS grad students published in AMS journal

Dr. Ken Leppert and Todd Murphy

Two graduate students in UAHuntsville's atmospheric science program are lead authors on research papers published in the February edition of the Monthly Weather Review, an American Meteorological Society journal. Research by Dr. Ken Leppert and Todd Murphy with UAH faculty (and one NASA scientist) may lay the groundwork for developing tools to give better predictions of both hurricanes and tornadoes.