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Blast from the Past - Opening a Rocketry Time Capsule

Dr. Blackmons Time Capsule For the first time in over 55 years, Dr. James Blackmon opened the box holding a 6-foot working prototype rocket he built from scratch as a teenager in 1956 -  the vehicle that brought him from North Carolina to Huntsville for a meeting at the request of Dr. Wernher von Braun.

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The College of Engineering is delighted to welcome Professor Phillip Ligrani: Eminent Scholar in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Dr. Ligrani

Professor Phillip Ligrani joined the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department in August 2014 as Professor and Eminent Scholar in Propulsion. His previous academic positions include the Oliver L. Parks Endowed Chair and Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at Saint Louis University and the Donald Schultz Professor of Turbomachinery in the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford. He was also Director of Oxford University's Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Heat Transfer and Aerodynamics. Dr. Ligrani received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and his M.S. and Ph.D, both in Mechanical Engineering, from Stanford University.

Professor Ligrani is an author of more than 155 journal publications, 8 book chapters, and 107 conference publications and presentations. He has advised over 85 graduate students completing Ph.D., M.E., M.S. degrees, and Turbomachinery Diplomas. As the Eminent Scholar in Propulsion, Prof. Ligrani brings active research programs in gas turbine heat transfer, gas turbine aerodynamics, supersonic flows, and microfluidics to the UAH Propulsion Research Center.  


PRC Cited First by PopSci in top 10 "...labs where students do serious research..."

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The UAH Propulsions Research Center was cited for the third year in a row by Popular Science Magazine. In 2012 Popular Science cited UAH first among 10 universities in a special on the future of education where PopSci presents 10 labs where students do serious research (and career training) by blowing stuff up. Read more...