Electrical Engineering Stories

man installing solar panel with a hoodie that says "Solar, not just for hippies anymore" printed on the back.

Community of collaboration: UAA and UAF partner up on energy research

February 1, 2021

Dr. Mohammad Kapourchali from UAA’s Department of Electrical Engineering frequently supports the Alaska Center for Energy and Power's efforts related to power systems integration and electric vehicles. This is just one example of the numerous partnerships in research across the UA system’s three universities.

Student, Zoey Bigelow, poses in front of a blank background.

Student Spotlight: Zoey Bigelow

October 13, 2020

"In my previous physics classes, I was enchanted by the concept of electricity. It is one of those things that seem like magic if you don't understand how it works." Electrical Engineering Major Zoey Bigelow reflects on her she came to love electrical engineering and discover that it's the right path for her. 

Student, Nicole Sola poses in a down jacket in front of a copse of trees in winter.

Ready to Launch

November 5, 2019

Electrical Engineering student, Nicole Sola, was selected for an exciting summer internship with the Alaska Aerospace Corporation, spending part of her time participating in an actual launch at their Kodiak launch site. 

Student, Brett Keene, poses in spring wearing a suit coat and hair blowing in the breeze.

To NASA and Back

August 26, 2019

Electrical Engineering student Brett "Ivan" Keene was selected for a NASA internship this summer, and took full advantage of the opportunity to gain new skills and see a different part of the country.

Student, Henrique Miller, sits in the plasma lab on the campus of UAA.

Electrical Engineering student receives Goldwater Award

June 17, 2019

The Goldwater Award is one of the highest academic honors available to an undergraduate student in the STEM fields. His passion for research has helped Henrique Miller earn this prestigious national honor.

UAA CoEng Engineering students who built a rocket to compete at the NASA High Power Rocket Competition in Minnesota

UAA College of Engineering Students to Compete at NASA Rocket Competition

May 16, 2019

An all-women group of UAA Engineering students combined their individual expertise to build a rocket capable of surpassing the speed of sound, as they head off to compete at the NASA High Power Rocket Competition in Minnesota.

Danica Mike posing with the rocket she used to pass her Level-1 National Association of Rocketry Certification

Another Student Spreading Her Wings, Doing Great Things

April 30, 2019

Congratulations to College of Engineering student, Danica Mike, on passing her Level-1 National Association of Rocketry Certification with a successful rocket launch, helping her team qualify for NASA’s Space Grant High-Power Rocket Competition in Minnesota in May.

UAA Robotics Club members use a 3D printer to fabricate parts for the team’s new rover in the robotics lab in UAA’s Engineering and Industry Building

UAA Robotics Club Advances to 2019 University Rover Challenge (URC) Finals

April 16, 2019

UAA's Robotics Club earned the right compete at the 2019 University Rover Challenge (URC),  May 30 - June 1 at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah! Their hard work placed them among 36 finalists selected after the most competitive review in the competition’s history. 

Ralf Pentecostes and Jonathan Ravana standing at a workbench Collaborating on flooring designs.

Cousin Collaboration Converts Footsteps Into Electrical Energy

June 22, 2018

Ralf Pentecostes, an electrical engineering major, teamed up with his cousin, Jonathan Ravana, a construction management major, for a project to develop a floorboard that converts kinetic energy from human footsteps into electrical energy.