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Contact: Kimberly Johnson

Communications Manager

Aerospace Engineering

(734) 647-4701

3054 FXB

Aerospace Day

Aerospace Day at the University of Michigan has become the department’s biggest outreach event, bringing in young students from across Michigan. The event is held biannually in the Fall and Spring. It's a great way to meet and connect with the next generation of aerospace engineers! We've put this video together to give everyone the Aero Day Experience!

Our next Aerospace Day takes place in December of 2017.

Lectures

The Annual Gerard M. Faeth Memorial Lecture - Established in 2008 — Ending in 2017

Each year, the Faeth family and Department of Aerospace Engineering have coordinated a memorial lecture in honor of Gerard Faeth, who was the Arthur B. Modine Professor of Aerospace Engineering at U-M from 1985 until his sudden passing in 2005. He was an exceptional scholar in the fields of combustion science, heat transfer and aerospace engineering. He served as an Editor-in-Chief of a major journal in each of these three fields: Combustion and Flame, the ASME Journal of Heat Transfer, and the AIAA Journal. He was a member of the National Academy of Engineering, was a Fellow of AIAA, ASME, AAAS, and APS. He received the Combustion Institute’s Alfred C. Egerton Gold Medal (2004), NASA Public Service Medal (1999), and ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award (1988). He was an outstanding teacher, well respected and appreciated by many students who were fortunate to take classes from him. The 52 PhD students he mentored are now established leaders and active contributors in industry, academia and federal agencies.

The Annual Faeth Memorial Lecture was customarily held on the last Thursday of March in the Boeing Lecture Hall of the FXB Building. A pre-reception and post ice cream social was a fond and welcomed part of this event.

During the 10th and final memorial lecture on April 6, 2017, a special Tribute to Jerry video was played featuring the thoughts and memories of Dr. Faeth's previous students and colleagues.Annual Faeth Memorial Lecture

Previous Gerard M. Faeth Memorial Lectures

  • 2017 | Vigor Yang, William R. T. Oakes Professor and Chair, Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology - “Data-Enabled Design for Combustion Dynamics in Propulsion Engines”
    See this lecture on-demand | Tribute to Jerry video
  • 2016 | Prof. Edward M. Greitzer, MIT "Subsonic Civil Transport Aircraft For A 2035 Time Frame: An Industry-NASA-University Collaborative Enterprise"
    See this lecture on-demand
  • 2015 | Prof. Richard Miles, Princeton University "Micro, Nano, Pico, Femto - New Ways to Control and Analyze Combustion and Fluid Dynamic Processes"
    See this lecture on-demand
  • 2014 | Dr. Antonio Elias, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Orbital Sciences "Space Transportation: Past, Present, and…"
    See this lecture on-demand
  • 2013 | Alan H. Epstein, Vice President, Technology & Environment, Pratt & Whitney "Aeropropulsion for Commercial Aviation in the 21st Century and Research Directions Needed"
    See this lecture on-demand
  • 2012 | John D. Anderson, Jr., Curator for Aerodynamics National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution and Professor Emeritus, Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland “Breaking The Sound Barrier: The Intellectual Breakthroughs in Aerodynamics That Made it Possible”
  • 2011 | Dr. Sébastien Candel, Professor at Ecole Centrale Paris, and Institut Universitaire de France “Advances in Combustion Dynamics & Control”
  • 2010 | Dr. Jay P. Boris, NRL Chief Scientist and Director, Laboratory for Computational Physics and Fluid Dynamics, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Washington DC “Dust and Turbulence in Urban Aerodynamics”
  • 2009 | Dr. Chung K. Law, Robert H. Goddard Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University “Advancing Combustion Science through Space and Aerospace Applications: Continuing the Legacy of G.M. Faeth”
  • 2008 |  Elaine S. Oran, Senior Scientist for Reactive Flow Physics, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and Adjunct Professor of Aerospace Engineering, The University of Michigan “HYDROGEN”

Seminars

TGFFF (for Fall Fridays)!

Aero alumni pass on their knowledge and experience on Friday afternoons in our Fall AE285: Aerospace Engineering Seminar course. The course is especially designed to acquaint undergraduate students with contemporary technologies and broader issues in the global aerospace enterprise. Noted speakers are handpicked by the faculty instructor to inspire and guide students in their academic and career goals. This seminar is free and open to the public. See our events calendar for a list of speakers for the fall term.See our current AE285 seminar schedule.

Thursdays at 4!

Experts in the field come from around the globe to present their technical work to our AE585 graduate students. The AE585: Aerospace Engineering Seminar course is held on Thursday afternoons in the Boeing Lecture Hall, FXB Building at 4:00 PM. This course is held in both the fall and winter terms. Visit our events calendar to see a list of this year’s special guest speakers. Over 120 anxious grad students and faculty members attend this course. So, come early to grab a good seat! This seminar is free and open to the public. See our current AE585 seminar schedule.

Homecoming 2012

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Alumni and family enjoy a wind tunnel tour in FXB for Homecoming weekend 2012.

Hovercraft competition

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AERO students participate in a hovercraft competition in the FXB lobby as part of a class project.

Blimp competition

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AERO students participate in a blimp competition in the FXB lobby as part of a class project.

Faeth Memorial Lecture

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Alan H. Epstein, distinguished aeronautical engineer, presents at the annual Faeth Memorial lecture.

Middle school students visit

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Local middle school students visited Aerospace Engineering, participating in a tour and workshops.

AERO 405 poster session

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Students enrolled in AERO 405 present during a poster session in the FXB lobby.

AERO 405 poster session

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Attendees listen to a presentation by students enrolled in AERO 405 present during a poster session in the FXB lobby.

Homecoming 2012

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Alumni attend an informational meeting about Aerospace Engineering during Homecoming 2012.

Middle school students visit

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Fourth graders visiting Aerospace Engineering get a tour of the facilities, seeing the scale model of the 5' x 7' wind tunnel.

RAX launch

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Professor James Cutler and his students prepare for the launch of their RAX CubeSat.

Faeth Memorial Lecture

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A poster set out for the fifth annual Faeth Memorial Lecture.

SWE Run for Life

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AERO students participate in a dunk tank, in which Professor Fidkowski acts as victim, during the Society for Women Engineers Run for Life event.

Homecoming 2012

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Professor James Cutler gives a tour of his lab to alumni during Homecoming 2012.

Competitions

It’s a bird, it’s a plane… Nope, it’s a balloon.

Each term, student teams in the Eng 100: Introduction to Aerospace Engineering course participate in balloon and airpuck competitions before their peers and family members. Each team gives an oral presentation, followed by a demonstration of their flight vehicles. The competitions are held on Saturday mornings in the FXB building twice a year in conjunction with Aerospace Day. So, if you’re looking for a cool way to spend a few hours, check out our events calendar and save the date!Engineering 100 Students and their families, staff, and faculty gather for a student-built Blimp Competition in the atrium of the François-Xavier Bagnoud building on North Campus in Ann Arbor, MI on December 1, 2012.Photo: Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering Communications and Marketing

Alumni

Homecoming Weekend

Michigan Engineering Homecoming Weekend is the perfect opportunity for Aerospace alumni to come back to campus and reconnect with friends and former faculty. Interact with student teams, hear about the latest research in Aero, attend the alumni board meeting and tailgate before the big game.

See photos from AE's Alumni Homecoming Lunch 2016

See coverage of last year's Homecoming festivities

CoE students, alumni, prospective students, and their families tour North Campus as part of the CoE's homecoming weekend festivities on October 12, 2012.Aerospace Engineering Senior Technician Chris Chartier leads members through a tour of the aerospace wind tunnels.Photo: Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering Communications and Marketing