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Like many Alaskans, Kaasan Braendel grew up around bush planes. But it wasn’t until
her first ride in a helicopter that she fell in love with aviation. Learning to fly
only made her more curious about how aircraft work. Now, with certifications earned
at UAA, she is embarking on a career as a helicopter mechanic.
"I didn't have an interest in maintenance, really, until I thought about working with
aircraft. And then it was like, 'Well, yeah, I'd love to do that.'" — Kaasan Braendel,
Airframe and PowerPlant License, Community & Technical College
Read more about how receiving an education at UAA is impacting students' lives.
For a team of faculty and student researchers led by UAA Department of Biological
Sciences Associate Professor Eric Bortz, studying coronavirus has been all in a day’s
work for more than 15 years. By continually surveilling and sequencing coronavirus,
the Bortz lab hopes to learn how it might mutate, like whether it will become more
or less contagious.
UAA researchers study coronavirus amid outbreak
With support from the ConocoPhillips Arctic Science and Engineering Endowment, Assistant
Professor of Mechanical Engineering Getu Hailu, and Martin Henke, a student in the
mechanical engineering master’s degree program, are working together to determine
a simple and efficient way of keeping batteries cool.
A researcher’s guide to keeping batteries cool
For most of his career, UAA professor and chair in the Department of Physics and Astronomy
Travis Rector has worked toward creating opportunities for undergraduate students
to be involved in research projects, using real data from real research-class telescopes,
like the Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona.
Researching the stars
Researchers from UAA have developed an in-state capability to detect COVID-19 in wastewater
in Alaska. The research team, which includes UAA undergraduate and graduate students,
is evaluating test outcomes to determine whether this new methodology can be used
to monitor trends and complement clinical surveillance.
UAA researchers test for COVID-19 in wastewater
Read more about how UAA faculty and student researchers are impacting Alaska.
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