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Department News 

  • ♦    National College Resources Foundation pledged a $2 million gift to support the Rocket Project and Aerospace Engineering research

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  • On August 8, 2018, Interim Dean Eugene Olevsky, Aerospace Department Chair Dr. Ping Lu, and Senior Director of Development Kate Carinder announced that the National College Resources Foundation (NCRF) under the direction of Dr. Theresa Price  has made a $2 million pledge to support SDSU’s Aerospace program. Funding will provide significant support for the Rocket Project and create the Center for Aerospace Research.

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  • Dr. Theresa Price founded the NCRF, based in Diamond Bar, CA to enhance education, curtail the high school dropout rate and increase degree and/or certificate enrollment among underserved and underrepresented students. The NCRF has helped over 500,000 students get into college, has helped students secure over $500 million in scholarships and grants and has increased graduation rates by 20% in schools served by the NCRF.

  • ♦    National College Resources Foundation donated a MOCAT to Rocket Project valued     at $264,000
  • National College Resources Foundation donated a 32-ft Mobile Operations Central Assembly Trailer (MOCAT) to the Rocket Project. The MOCAT is a fully equipped trailer converted from an classical Air Stream trailer. It allows the Rocket Project team members to transport rockets and equipment to the lanch site and perform work on-site. The MOCAT is valued at over $264,000.

  • ♦    “We are pleased to announce the 2018 Galactic Unite Borden Scholarship recipients have been determined. This year’s scholars are:

    Jennifer Martin
    Levi Schlapfer

    Along with the $3000 award, the scholars will have access to one-on-one mentoring in the Galactic Unite educational partnership with Virgin Galactic. Congratulations to this year’s Galactic Unite Scholars!”
  • ♦    The Department of Aerospace Engineering at San Diego State University is soliciting applicants for the 2017/2018 SDSU Galactic Unite Borden scholarships.

    The Galactic Unite Borden scholarship is now in its fourth year. Galactic Unite is a global initiative, driven by Virgin Galactic's community of Future Astronauts and the Virgin Group's not-for-profit Virgin Unite. Galactic Unite aims to inspire and support young people to seek answers to global challenges through advancing education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and entrepreneurship. Galactic Unite through the efforts of Virgin Galactic Future Astronaut Scott Borden has awarded a grant to SDSU Aerospace Engineering Department to support a scholarship program.

    The SDSU Aerospace Engineering Department will award five $3000 scholarships in the 2017-2018 academic year to students interested and actively pursuing space exploration and transportation related design or research projects. Selected scholars will receive mentoring and have access to educational programs at Galactic Unite in partnership with Virgin Galactic.

    The deadline for submission of completed application is January 12, 2018.
    All application materials must be submitted electronically by email to:
    Selections will be announced on February 2, 2018.

    Application can be found here .
  • ♦   Successful Faculty Led Program in Germany again in Summer 2017

  • • 17 engineering students (a full capacity of enrollment) signed up for the program. 2 students could not participate because of lack of pre-requisite in one case and illness in the other. 15 students made the trip and attended all meetings of the courses.
    • Two courses (6 units) were offered; Fluid Mechanics (AE340) and Women in German history and culture (GE450).
    • Dates: June 11 - July 8.
    • The Program included excursions to Mercedes Benz Museum (Stuttgart), European Parliament (Strasbourg, France), Mercedes Production Facility in Sindelfingen, and Zurich (Switzerland). Also, the program included visits to several local points of interest among them the German Clock Museum, Freiburg, and Lake Constance in the Black Forest.
  • ♦   2017-2018 SDSU Speer Aerospace Scholarship Awards Announced:

  • SDSU Aerospace Engineering department congratulates Liban Abdi, Nadmi Casiano, and Timothy Wilkins recipients of the 2017-2018 SDSU Speer Aerospace Scholarships.

    The Speer scholarship, established through an endowment gift provided by Mrs. Camille Speers to SDSU, awards $4000 (per award each year) to a deserving SDSU Aerospace Engineering student that has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, a display of determination and hard work, and passion for aerospace engineering.

    About the Speer Family: Mrs. Camile Speer was born in Josephine, Texas, to Amanda Beulah Henson and John Minifee Henson. Camille met her husband, Army Air Corps Captain W. Arnet Speer, during World War II. Arnet Speer served as a captain in the U. S. Army Air Corps during World War II. They were married July 25, 1943, and had two children: William A. Speer and Doreann Speer (Gibson). After the war, they returned to San Diego where Arnet had a business in Point Loma teaching people to fly.
    A 1935 San Diego City directory lists W. Arnet Speer (then age 30), as owner and manager of Speer Flying Service, located at 3330 Barnett Avenue, which did student instruction, charter trips, passenger flights, and airplane sales, and he was also listed as the manager of the San Diego Airport.
    A 1939 street map of San Diego shows "Speer Airport" on the north side of Barnett Avenue, across from the Marine Corps base. This airport was previously known as "Ryan Airport" and (from some time in 1927) "Mahoney Airport," and unofficially as "Dutch Flats Airport." This is where Lindbergh's "Spirit of St. Louis" (built by Ryan in San Diego, Feb to Apr 1927) was first flown (April 28, 1927, three weeks before it crossed the Atlantic).
  • ♦    Congratulations to the AE Class of 2017!

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  • ♦  We are pleased to announce the 2016 Galactic Unite Borden Scholarship recipients have been determined. This year’s scholars are:

    Christian Engelbrecht

    Thomas “Ryan” Callahan

    Adrian Juarez

    Jennifer Martin

    Anthony Talavera

    Along with the $3000 award, the scholars will have access to one-on-one mentoring in the Galactic Unite educational partnership with Virgin Galactic. Congratulations to this year’s Galactic Unite Scholars and thanks to all that applied!

  • ♦  Professor Ping Lu was a member of the team that was given the Innovation Group Achievement Award by the Director of NASA Johnson Space Center in September 2016, “for exceptional work in pioneering the development of a fully numerical predictor-corrector entry guidance algorithm for the atmospheric entry of space vehicles”. The team in the last 3 years worked together in a project with Lu as the Principal Investigator (PI), centered on an advanced entry guidance algorithm developed by Lu. Follow-on work is currently under way with Lu as PI.
  • • Lauren O. Parrett, Master's Student. - Provost's Award for Best Poster in Engineering Title: Predicting Degradation and Failure of Composites under Fatigue Loads Using a Micromechanics Model

  • • Paulina Diaz Montiel, Doctoral Student - Women in Engineering Award (Oral Presentation) Title: Inverse Identification of Damage in Composite Laminates using Electrical Resistance

  • ♦  Professor Venkataraman was the Principal Investigator of a grant at the amount of $199,800 from the Office of Naval Research on “Engineering Uncertainty Quantification of Test Derived Model Parameters for Life Prediction of Composite Bolted Joints in an ICME Framework”.
  • ♦  Professor Gustaaf Jacobs received a 3-year grant totaling $1,000,000 from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research on “Simulation of Particle Laden Blast Waves with Inter-Scale Coupling and Uncertainty Quantification” (2015-2018)

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San Diego, CA 92182-1308