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UTEP Marks National Drone Safety Week with Federal Aviation Distinction

During a week devoted to educating the nation about drone safety, The University of Texas at El Paso’s unmanned aerial systems (UAS) program marks its ascent in national stature with a new distinction from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The drone program at UTEP’s NASA MIRO Center for Space Exploration and Technology Research (cSETR) enters the FAA’s inaugural National Drone Safety Awareness Week — which takes place Nov. 4-10, 2019 — with a newly acquired Part 107.39 waiver. UTEP is the first university in Texas to receive this designation, which eases restrictions in research flights conducted by cSETR.

The only other U.S. university systems to possess this waiver are Stanford University and the Regents of the University of California.

To mark National Drone Safety Awareness Week, UTEP will engage in public outreach with the City of El Paso and El Paso International Airport to improve safety by educating the public, area businesses and area schools on the federal regulations that dictate where drone users can legally fly throughout the El Paso area.

“Advanced research in autonomous unmanned aviation is a critical future research area for our county,” said Ahsan Choudhuri, Ph.D., UTEP associate vice president for strategic initiatives and cSETR’s founding director. “We continue to focus on advancing UTEP and El Paso’s leadership in this foundational engineering field.”

The FAA feat is part of a slew of accomplishments this year for the burgeoning drone program, which was initiated at UTEP in January 2018. The program has a fleet of 35 drones. Many of these were designed, built and flight tested by UTEP undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students. These drones are some of the first in the country to be completely 3D printed. Newly designed drones match performance capabilities of the most advanced commercial drones, and are being produced for some area federal agencies.

Michael McGee, Ph.D., senior research associate for cSETR, has led the program since its inception. McGee said the brilliance and professionalism of students has created exciting momentum at UTEP. He said that 100% of students who were employed with cSETR’s drone program as undergraduates have stayed for their master’s or doctoral studies. McGee added that their research is producing operational capability not found anywhere else in the country. Before gaining its recent waiver, the program has previously been awarded FAA exemptions to fly at night and in controlled airspace.

As the program expands, the University realized it needed a purpose-built airport for unmanned testing and training operations. To that end, UTEP, El Paso County and community partners recently finished construction of a runway at Test Site Bravo near Tornillo on the county’s eastern fringe. Future upgrades this year will include the installation of an advanced radar and hangars for the aircraft.

“We developed this program to position UTEP as a national leader in this critical industry,” McGee said. “We continue to not only produce industry leading research but are training our country’s future engineering leadership in unmanned aviation.”

McGee said cSETR’s well-developed standard operating procedures and safety management systems were key in acquiring the campus’ new FAA designation.

“This is one of the many big steps the program has achieved this year, and opens up unique new areas of research and operations for our students and faculty,” McGee said.

Author:  Darlene Barajas – UTEP Communications

Department of Energy Official Praises UTEP’s Commitment to Advanced Manufacturing Research

A research leader from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) lauded The University of Texas at El Paso’s research capabilities during the Southwest Emerging Technology Symposium (SETS) and Regional Small Business Summit, an event hosted by UTEP’s NASA MIRO Center for Space Exploration and Technology Research (cSETR).

Briggs White, Ph.D., technology manager of the Crosscutting Research Program of the DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), was a keynote speaker at the event, which provides career-building opportunities for students from UTEP and throughout the country in a professional conference setting, connecting these students with researchers, scholars and industry professionals for possible recruitment opportunities.

“UTEP has been a national model for creating highly competitive academic and research programs while maintaining a deep commitment to serving its student demographic,” White said. “So, I was particularly pleased to participate in UTEP’s summit to help highlight its successes in important research with national implications.”

UTEP has long been a mainstay of NETL’s research collaboration through the agency’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Other Minority Institutions (HBCU/OMI) initiative.

Jack F. Chessa, Ph.D., chair of UTEP’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, said White’s sentiments are a testament to the continued efforts of the campus’ faculty to engage in externally funded research to drive innovation and enhance the experiences offered to students.

“We are quite excited to have had Dr. White visit and speak,” Chessa said. “DOE has been a strong supporter of research in the department as well as for cSETR and the W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation. But I think this visit really brought into focus how much critical DOE research is going on here. The faculty in the department really have done an excellent job to position their research interests and capabilities to align with the critical needs of DOE. There is a lot of potential moving forward.”

White said one example of UTEP’s success through the HBCU/OMI initiative focused on advanced manufacturing.

“Advanced manufacturing enables the nation to build high-tech components with improved performance capabilities,” White said. “It also offers the possibility of rapid prototyping and repair. Under DOE sponsorship, UTEP’s work has explored the challenges of embedding sensors into combustor nozzles to enable real-time monitoring of component health.”

Contributions From UTEP’s cSETR Recognized by Aerospace Engineering Society

A paper produced by Luz Bugarin, engineering project manager for UTEP’s NASA MIRO Center for Space Exploration and Technology Research (cSETR), and Mariana Chaidez, a doctoral candidate in mechanical engineering at UTEP, in collaboration with NASA researchers, has been named the 2017 Best Paper by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ Liquid Propulsion Technical Committee.

The work, “Coil-On-Plug Ignition for Oxygen/Methane Liquid Rocket Engines in Thermal-Vacuum Environments,” was co-authored by John C. Melcher, Matthew J. Atwell, Robert L. Morehead and Eric A. Hurlbert, all of the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston.

It outlines the development of a coil-on-plug ignition system that can operate under vacuum and thermal vacuum conditions.

“This recognition is a testament to the tremendous work conducted at cSETR and the caliber of students that we have on campus,” said Ahsan Choudhuri, Ph.D., cSETR director and chair of UTEP’s mechanical engineering department. “For UTEP to not only contribute to a meticulous technical paper, but also have a hand in producing an award-winning one, is a special feat.”

Bugarin and Chaidez worked at the Johnson Space Center for 19 weeks while preparing their portion of the paper.

“Seeing that the research work done at my internship was not only valuable to me but led to the AIAA 2017 Liquid Propulsion Best Paper Award is beyond words,” Bugarin said. “I believe this is an excellent example of the high-quality opportunities that cSETR brings to students at UTEP.”

Chaidez agreed.

“I’m very grateful to have been given the opportunity to work with the NASA team at Johnson Space Center and to be able to be part of the group receiving this award,” Chaidez said. “My internship was a rewarding experience and it gives me great satisfaction that the work I completed during my internship aided in further advancing NASA’s and the project’s mission.”

UTEP’s role will be formally recognized July 11 in Cincinnati during an awards luncheon at the 2018 AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum.

As part of their recognition, AAIA will designate the paper and the authors as award winners in its online library. The paper will also be listed in the November 2018 print issue of Aerospace America

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