Most of us take flying in an airplane for granted. We book our tickets, sit through the long check-in lines, and if we’re lucky, take off on time to our chosen destination. Day in and day out we do this without any regard to the age and health of the airplane we’re flying on.
Ask any 10-year-old what they want to be when they grow up, and chances are “an astronaut” is likely near the top of their list. For Michayal Mathew, a junior in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University, that dream never faded with time. Spending much of his childhood in League City, Texas, Mathew visited Johnson Space Center so many times he memorized each exhibit, acting as his own tour guide. This summer he is one step closer to fulfilling his dream of one day going to space — at least virtually.
During the course of his internship under Dr. Othmane Benafan at NASA’s Glenn Research Center, MAESTRO Lab member Leo Wood presented his research on Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) solutions for thermal management in electric aircraft to Dr. Marla E. Pérez-Davis, Deputy Director of NASA Glenn.
Two Aerospace Engineering undergraduate students, Madalyn Mikkelsen and Elise Koock, recently had the opportunity to travel to the 2017 Shape Memory and Superelastic Technologies (SMST) conference in San Diego, CA to compete in the 2nd Annual Consortium for the Advancement of Shape Memory Alloy Research and Technology (CASMART) student design competition. [Read more…] about MAESTRO Undergraduates Win Student Design Competition
Dr. Hartl and former student Christopher Bertagne traveled to Washington D.C. to present the research performed in collaboration with NASA-Johnson and NASA-Glenn on SMA-based morphing radiators to three Congressmen and their staff members. [Read more…] about NASA-Funded Morphing Radiator Work Presented to Members of Congress
Dr. Hartl and graduate student Pedro Leal presented current Maestro research results at the 8th Conference on Smart Structures and Materials in Madrid, Spain. During a four day conference, researchers from 32 countries discussed the current state and future of smart structures while not missing the opportunity to explore the great city of Madrid. [Read more…] about Hartl team goes to SMART conference at Madrid
The Texas A&M University Fearless on Every Front capital campaign often highlights cutting edge and impactful research in its efforts to promote research from across the university. The Morphing Radiator Project funded by NASA-Johnson was recently selected for use in promotional materials in print media across the country. [Read more…] about Morphing Radiator Project Chosen for University-Wide Capital Campaign
Imagine walking into your college classroom and donning a pair of virtual reality goggles to learn the day’s lesson. If Dr. Darren Hartl has his way, that will be a reality in the near future. He is one of the faculty members in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M bringing virtual reality (VR) into the realm of research and teaching.
A team of Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) researchers has been selected for a potential award by NASA to lead research into commercially viable civil supersonic transport aircraft that meet noise and efficiency requirements for overland flight. Put simply, their research is on designing an aircraft that can modify its shape in real time in order to optimize for fuel efficiency or quiet flight as the flight phase and conditions change. The team is one of five transformative system-level aviation innovations that NASA has selected as part of the NASA Aeronautics’ University Leadership Initiative (ULI.) [Read more…] about MAESTRO Lab and Collaborators win $10M Grant to Design Supersonic Transport Aircraft That Modifies Its Shape in Real Time
The six graduate students of the MAESTRO Team were invited to join Dr. Hartl at his father’s deer lease for a weekend of “Texas Immersion.” [Read more…] about Graduate Students Participate in a Traditional Texas “Deer Camp” Weekend