Harm Buning Lecture

The first lecture in the Boeing Lecture Hall, October 1993.

Weightless Wolverines

Weightless Wolverines

Ed Van Cise, BS’00, NASA Flight Director

I never expected the extent to which my experiences at U-M Aero would affect my life and career. By co-oping at NASA Johnson Space Center though the Aero Department, I got to realize my dream of working at NASA. Read More »

Aerospace Engineer’s Dream Tour

During  Spring Break 2012, the University of Michigan (U-M) branch of the  American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA) had 16  aerospace engineering students embark on an epic journey around Southern  California to tour some of the most impressive aerospace facilities in  the world. The trip was an extremely valuable professional development  tool that gave the students a thorough understanding of the significant  breadth and depth of the aerospace industry. Read more…

DeLisi named OAS safety chief

The US National Transportation Safety has selected John DeLisi as the new director of the Office of Aviation Safety (OAS).

DeLisi will assume his new position on June 2 following the retirement of Tom Haueter, the current director.

DeLisi has been serving as the Deputy Director of OAS since 2007.  During his 20 years with the NTSB, he has overseen numerous major  investigations, including the January 2009 ditching of US Airways flight  1549 in the Hudson River and the February 2009 Colgan Air accident in  Buffalo, New York. Read full story at Air Traffic Management.net

Michigan Alumni help with SpaceX’s Dragon

SpaceX’s Dragon, the first cargo-carrying private spacecraft, made its way back to Earth Thursday, and it was helped along the way by Michigan engineers.

“Our students are flocking to companies like SpaceX,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, professor of space science and aerospace engineering at U-M. “Many of them started out at another company and then left to go work there. They are leaving higher-paid, more stable jobs for this, which is amazing because it is much higher-risk and more challenging.”

There are more than 20 U-M graduates who have been employed by SpaceX, Zurbuchen estimated, and many are involved with the Dragon mission. While SpaceX declined to allow their engineers to speak to the media during the mission, a search for their employees confirmed that estimate.

Read full story at the College of Engineering site

SpaceX’s successful Dragon mission marks the first time a privately-run company has docked with the International Space Station and delivered cargo and supplies to its crew. The mission is the first of twelve scheduled flights contracted by NASA, at the price tag of $1.6 billion dollars.