Apache Block III National Airspace Trainer demonstrated at UAHuntsville

AB3NATtn The Product Office for the AH-64D Longbow Apache Block III (AB3) conducted a demonstration of a new capability that will enable collective Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUMT) training using a manned helicopter.


UAHuntsville business faculty investigate research ethics; results are published in Science magazine


Two faculty members from The University of Alabama in Huntsville’s College of Business Administration were published today in the prestigious journal Science for their investigation of an important issue in research ethics. 


UAHuntsville research team leads discussion of 2011 tornado disasters


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.


UAHuntsville public history students create state's first documented geocache trail

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.


Two UAHuntsville business professors conduct groundbreaking research for marketing products

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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.


UAHuntsville professor to discuss the psychology of disaster decision-making.

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).


Robotic polisher extends research, fabrication, design capabilities of university's optics center

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.


'Pop-up' storm forecasting program added to FAA flight planning system

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.

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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.


Universities can provide human terrain insight for Americas military planners


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.

Research Institute celebrates 50 years; UAHuntsville opens newest research lab

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