American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Select UTEP Mechanical Engineering Professors as Fellows
November 02, 2012
Mechanical Engineering Chair and Professor Ahsan Chourdhuri and Assistant Professor Evgeny Shafirovich have been selected as Associate Fellows in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) for the year 2013. Fellows are selected by AIAA for a distinguished body of work in the Aeronautics and Astronautics profession.
Fellows will receive the prestigious award at the AIAA Associate Fellows Dinner on January 7th, 2013, at the Gaylord Texan Hotel and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas in conjunction with the AIAA Aerospace Science Meeting and Exhibit.
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics is the professional society for the fields of aerospace engineering. Fellows are selected for a significant body of work in the field including the accomplishment or direction of important engineering or scientific work; original work of outstanding merit, or other outstanding contributions to the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics or astronautics.
Dr. Ahsan Choudhuri is the Director of UTEP's NASA Center for Space Exploration and Technology Research, and Chairman of Mechanical Engineering. His research interests are in the area of combustion, propulsion, and high temperature materials synthesis. His research efforts include non-toxic propulsion systems, fuel flexible gas turbine combustors, next generation solid propellants, and microgravity combustion and materials science, for NASA, Department of Energy, and Missile Defense Agency.
"It is a honor to have been selected as an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)," said Dr. Choudhuri. "Having such a strong affiliation with a prestigious organization like AIAA helps the Department of Mechanical Engineering provide a cutting-edge and impactful learning environment to our unique twenty-first century student population."
Dr. Shafirovich's research consists of combustion of metals, chemical oxygen generator, solar and nuclear thermochemical cycles, and lunar/Mars in-situ resource utilization. His research interests include utilization of lunar and Martian resources for production of propellant and materials. He is also interested in solving energy problems through the development of technologies such as underground coal gasification and solar/nuclear thermochemical cycles.
"I am very proud that my modest contributions to the areas of combustion, propulsion, and space resources utilization received such a high evaluation," said Dr. Shafirovich. "As a faculty of UTEP's Department of Mechanical Engineering and a Co-Investigator in the Center for Space Exploration Technology Research, I am committed to the education and training of students in the areas of astronautics and energy."
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