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:
New MAESTRO “Hall of Scholars” completed
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.
MAESTRO student wins prestigious Sandia fellowship
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.
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Happy Valentines Day from the students of the MAESTRO lab
In case you haven’t heard, being an engineering professor at an R1 university is the greatest job on earth.
Hartl interviewed for Daily Beast article on sonic booms
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.
Allen Davis becomes the latest Ph.D. graduate
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).
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MAESTRO student Priscilla Nizio awarded the Stanger Endowed Graduate Fellowship
Patrick Walgren successfully completes doctoral studies
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.
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Jacob L. Mingear completes his journey as a Ph.D. student
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.
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MAESTRO student Zamarripa awarded two prestigious fellowships for doctoral studies
MAESTRO students help youth in Alaska learn about space
Patrick Walgren and Hannah Stroud, doctoral students in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University, traveled to Alaska to spend a few days helping first- and second-graders learn about space.
Growing up there, Walgren had one of his first introductions to aerospace at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska. Now that he’s preparing for a career as an aerospace engineer, on a whim, he reached out to the center about volunteering at the Space Academy, their aerospace-themed camp. He and Stroud were invited to join the staff as “flight directors” and help facilitate activities for the students.
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