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2018-2019 Engineering Stories

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

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.

Kim Riggs

In a 1,000-mile bike race, the biking is the easy part

May 14, 2019

You might say that UAA College of Engineering facilities manager Kim Riggs is hardcore. She recently completed the Iditarod Trail Invitational (ITI) 1,000-mile bike race. But the petite, athletic Riggs feels like she's one of many, among a growing movement of outdoor adventurists, who enjoy the challenge of a human vs. wild event.

College of Engineering Graduation Class of 2019

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.

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

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.

Picture of the 2019 UAA Steel Bridge Team

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!

UAA alumnus Kohl Keil

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. 

Nick Armstrong Crews

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 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

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. 

Joey and Utpal

Shaken into Action

April 2, 2019

7u彩票网址The UAA College of Engineering faculty were among the many UAA individuals who jumped into action following the November earthquake. Civil Engineering faculty were involved in colleting data and conduction building inspections.

2019 MP Corrosion Innovation of the Year UAA team members

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.

Christina Young

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.

Mike and Chase Swalling, 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.

Badam Baatarbileg

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.

Dr. Frank Witmer with Omega Smith, director of the UAA Planetarium and Visualization Theater. (Photo by James Evans / University of Alaska Anchorage)

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.

senior project engineer in the Airport Design Group at R&M Consultants Inc.  (Photo by James Evans / University of Alaska Anchorage)

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 Honors student Devin Boyle working on Elodea floatplane project

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.

Prof. Matt Cullins receives a research grant from the PHMSA.

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. 

Birch Boyer mentoring a young student during UAA's Summer Engineering Academies 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.

Ralf Pentecostes and Jonathan Ravana working on their piezoelectricity project.

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.