2018-2019 Student Stories
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.
Congratulations to UAA's College of Engineering Class of 2019!
May 6, 2019
Best wishes to all of our newly minted engineers, and computer science, project management and geomatics professionals! Pictured are just a few of the 195 total College of Engineering graduates from this academic year.
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 ASCE Student Chapter Scores Big at Regional Steel Bridge Competition; Moving On to Compete at Nationals
April 25, 2019
Congratulations to our UAA Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers for placing 3rd overall and 1st in Aesthetics (for the third year in a row!) at their Regional ASCE Steel Bridge Competition. Their stellar performance has earned them a spot at the 2019 National competition on May 31st. Stay tuned!
Taking his Talents Abroad by Earning a Prestigious Congress-Bundestag Scholarship
April 23, 2019
Congratulations to UAA CoEng Alumnus Kohl Keil (B.S. Mechanical Engineering ’18), for receiving the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) Award. Keil will spend a year studying, interning and living in Germany.
College of Engineering Alumnus Working on Self-Driving Cars for Google/Waymo
April 17, 2019
Nick Armstrong-Crews, UAA College of Engineering alumnus and current Senior Software Engineer for Google/Waymo, recently brought his considerable experience in robotics and machine learning to his Keynote speech for the Undergraduate Research & Discovery Symposium. Armstrong-Crews addressed an enthusiastic audience of faculty, students and guests on the topic of “Self-driving Cars are Here and They’re Awesome!”
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.
UAA Engineering Faculty and Students Take Home the 2019 MP Corrosion Innovation of the Year Award
April 1, 2019
Congratulations to Dr. Raghu Srinivasan and his mechanical engineering students--Breton Henry, Ezra Adams, Jarek Halat, Jasper Jackson and Aaliq Rowland--on their National Association of Corrosion Engineers International (NACE) 2019 MP Corrosion Innovation of the Year Award. The team created an adjustable atmospheric corrosion test rack to study corrosion in extremely cold climates to win the award.
Graduating Civil Engineering Student Models Leadership for Future Engineers
February 12, 2019
As Civil Engineering Student Christina Young prepares to leave UAA for a career as a water/wastewater engineer, her leadership as President of UAA’s chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and her work with the UAA Summer Engineering Academies will be appreciated for years to come.
Twice the Celebration for Father and Son 2018 Graduates
February 12, 2019
For Mike and Chase Walling (M.A. Engineering Management and B.S. Construction Management, respectively), the road to their 2018 Fall Commencement Ceremony was long and challenge-filled, but it paid off with both father and son celebrating a rare family event.
MS, Project Management Graduate (2018) Taking Lessons Home to Mongolia
December 12, 2018
Mongolian native, Badam Baatarbileg, Fall 2018 graduate (MS, Program Management), offers advice to future UAA students, and looks forward to using what she's learned to have a positive impact on economic development in Mongolia.
Engineering Professor Creates Dramatic Visualizations of Scientific Data for UAA Planetarium
November 13, 2018
UAA Engineering Computer Science Professor Dr. Frank Witmer has used his impressive background in math, computer science and geography to create visualizations of UAA’s EPSCoR grant (Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) data--a project examining how urbanization, economics, climate and recreation have affected the local watershed of six Alaskan road-accessible communities.
UAA Engineering Alumna Making a Difference through Airport Design
November 6, 2018
For UAA alumna Carla Baxley, graduating with a B.S. in Civil Engineering (’01) meant she could work in an exciting field while providing for her family. Eventually, Baxley discovered that her career would extend to positively impacting families living in Alaska’s off-road communities through Airport Design.
UAA Engineering Professor helps Research Spread of Invasive Freshwater Plant
October 18, 2018
UAA Engineering Computer Science Professor Dr. Frank Witmer has teamed up with ISER researcher Dr. Tobias Schwoerer and UAA Honors student Devin Boyle to investigate how Elodea, an invasive freshwater plant, is being spread across Alaska by floatplanes.
UAA Engineering Professors Awarded PHMSA Research Grant
Congratulations to Professors Matt Cullin, Raghu Srinivasan and Todd Petersen on receiving a research grant from the U.S. DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). The $299K award will fuel research addressing the prevention and mitigation of pipeline corrosion.
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Presidential Scholar joins UAA Mechanical Engineering Program
July 26, 2018
Freshman Birch Boyer, a recipient of both the U.S. Presidential Scholar and Engineering Dean’s Excellence Awards, will bring his impressive background of academic achievement and community involvement to UAA's Mechanical Engineering program.