After two days of interviewing and filming and a week of work by Uprooted Productions, we are excited to share the story of our team:
After weeks of planning and effort, the MAESTRO “Hall of Scholars” has finally been completed. This small and special space features the achievements and honors the origins of our student researchers, past and present. All MAESTRO student defense announcements are proudly featured while a row of portraits places special focus on graduate fellowship winners from throughout the years (NSF, NDSEG, NSTGRO, SMART, and TAMU Fellowships). A pennant flag representing every graduate student’s undergraduate institution is exhibited along with a selection of items (samples and prototypes) from past research projects.
The room was substantially renovated by undergraduate research assistant Kristoffer Saeves, whose efforts and attention to detail are greatly appreciated.
When Hannah Stroud worked at Sandia National Laboratories last summer, she realized the Jill Hruby Fellowship that they offer would give her the freedom and funds to manage exciting projects.
Stroud is an aerospace engineering doctoral candidate and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program Fellow. She received her bachelor’s (‘18) and master’s (‘20) degrees in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M University. She won the Jill Hruby Fellowship on Feb. 2 for proposing methods of surrogate modeling for roughness on reentry vehicles. The fellowship’s mission is to contribute to national security.
In case you haven’t heard, being an engineering professor at an R1 university is the greatest job on earth.
MAESTRO director Darren Hartl was recently interviewed for an article in the Daily Beast addressing the upcoming flights of the NASA X-59 aircraft and the topic of sonic booms in general. The full article can be found here.
On October 14, 2022, Allen Davis concluded his Ph.D. journey by completing his doctoral degree in Aerospace Engineering under Dr. Darren Hartl. Allen joined the MAESTRO Laboratory after completing his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Louisiana State University, and first completed a Masters of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering with a focus on damage-sensing particles for various structural systems. He has accepted a position as a Aerospace Engineer at NAVAIR (Patuxent River).
On June 15, 2022, Patrick Walgren became the latest student to successful complete his doctoral degree in Aerospace Engineering under Dr. Darren Hartl. Patrick joined the MAESTRO Laboratory after completing his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Lehigh University. He has taken a position at the Air Force Research Laboratory as a National Research Council Postdoctoral Researcher, a prestigious position sponsored by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
On June 13, 2022, Jacob L. Mingear became the first student within the MAESTRO Laboratory to complete all necessary requirements to earn his doctoral degree in Materials Science and Engineering, a department in which his Chair Dr. Hartl is an affiliated faculty member. Jacob joined the MAESTRO Laboratory after completing his B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering at University of Florida. He has taken a position at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
In the past two weeks, four lab members went to four different conferences to spread the MAESTRO gospel and represent Texas A&M engineering to a variety of different communities. Allen Davis attended the Vertical Flight Society meeting in Dallas, Texas, where he presented his latest work on adaptive rotorcraft design. Jacob Mingear gave an invited presentation (a great honor!) about his progress towards developing liquid metal-SMA actuators at the International Conference on Shape Memory and Superelastic Technologies (SMST) in Long Beach, California. Patrick Walgren briefed the DoD about his work on aperture design in Delaware. Finally, Dr. Hartl traveled to Houston for the SIMULIA Regional User’s Meeting and updated the Abaqus finite element community on his work training the next generation of Aggie structural engineers. Great job everyone!