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  • UAH researcher demonstrates Milky Way's last major galactic collision happened much more recently than previously thought

    Russ Nelson, UAH Research writer|Jun 1, 2024

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (JUN 6, 2024) – Dr. Tom Donlon, a postdoctoral researcher at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), a part of the University of Alabama System, is the lead author of a new paper published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society that reveals the Milky Way Galaxy's last major collision occurred billions of years later than previously thought. Donlon worked with Dr. Heidi Newberg, professor of physics and astronomy, and her team at the Rensselaer P...

  • UAH researcher leads groundbreaking paper that demonstrates for the first time a subluminal warp drive is possible through known physics

    Russ Nelson, UAH Research Writer|May 1, 2024

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (MAY 29, 2024) – Two researchers at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) have published a paper that demonstrates for the first time that a subluminal warp drive is possible within the bounds of known physics without the need to employ exotic unknown forms of matter or energy, while also advancing our understanding of gravity. UAH alumnus Dr. Jared Fuchs led a team of physicists that produced the paper, supported by Dr. Christopher Helmerich, also an alumnus of UAH, a...

  • UAH electrical engineering design students craft projects aimed at STEM outreach and advanced tracking technology

    Russ Nelson, UAH research writer|May 1, 2024

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (JUN 3, 2024) – Senior engineering design students at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), a part of the University of Alabama System, have created projects intended to encourage STEM outreach for middle and high school students, as well as advancing tracking technology aimed to enhance the traceability of assets such as autonomous rovers and satellites. Two recent projects include crafting Doppler Radar Guns (DRGs) simple enough to be produced by middle and high s...

  • UAH ranks first in state in six categories of federal research expenditures, according to latest HERD Survey

    Russ Nelson|Apr 1, 2024

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (APR. 10, 2024) – The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), ranks first in the State of Alabama in six categories of federal research expenditures, according to the most recent Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) Survey. Federal research initiatives totaled $132.1 million, including first-place rankings in Department of Defense, NASA, Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering, Computer and Information Sciences, Atmospheric Science & Meteorology and A...

  • UAH astrophysics research advances understanding of how the light of gamma-ray bursts is produced

    Russ Nelson, UAH Research Writer|Apr 1, 2024

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (APR. 22, 2024) – Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are intense bursts of gamma radiation, typically generating more energy in a few seconds than the Sun will produce over its ten-billion-year lifetime. These transient phenomena present one of the most challenging puzzles in astrophysics, dating back to their accidental discovery in 1967 by a nuclear surveillance satellite. Dr. Jon Hakkila, a researcher from The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), a part of the University of A...

  • UAH teams have taken first place five times in the NASA Artemis Challenge event

    Russ Nelson, UAH Research Writer|Apr 1, 2024

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (APR. 24, 2024) – For the second year in a row, engineering students from The University of Alabama in Huntsville, a part of the University of Alabama System, have captured first place in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge (HERC) competition. With the latest victory, UAH has won first place five times in the 30-year history of the event, taking top honors in 1996, 2012, 2018, 2023 and now 2024. Managed by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, the challenge took place Apri...

  • Student projects shine in 2024 UAH Graduate Poster Session

    Russ Nelson, UAH Research Writer|Apr 1, 2024

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (MAY 1, 2024) – The Graduate School at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) hosted its annual UAH Graduate Poster Session in the Student Services Building on the UAH campus, a part of the University of Alabama System. The competition was open to graduate students across the disciplines and attracted participants from a wide variety of research and creative scholarship. Winning entries were selected by faculty judges from the Colleges of Arts, Humanities & Social S...

  • UAH hosts 15th annual Rocket City Weather Fest with meteorologists focusing on communication: "We have to do better"

    Russ Nelson, UAH Research Writer|Mar 1, 2024

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (MAR. 5, 2024) – On a misty Saturday just right for weather mavens, The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), a part of the University of Alabama System, hosted the Rocket City Weather Fest for the 15th year. The campus event was organized by the American Meteorology Society and featured tours of the UAH Severe Weather Institute and Radar & Lightning Laboratories (SWIRLL), the Shelby Center for Science and Technology, UAH UPSTORM balloon launches, student projects by the D...

  • UAH Rotorcraft Center celebrates 'Milestone 500' in recognition of RSESC-Boeing student partnership

    Russ Nelson, UAH Research Writer|Mar 1, 2024

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (APR. 3, 2024) – The Rotorcraft Systems Engineering & Simulation Center (RSESC) at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) celebrated 'Milestone 500' on March 29, an event held on the UAH campus recognizing the 500-plus students who have graduated from a partnership program with Boeing. For the past 14 years, UAH and the Boeing Huntsville Design Center have provided opportunities for students to gain experience in real-world engineering at one of the world's largest a...

  • UAH hosts 3rd Annual Engineering Showcase to celebrate Engineers Week 2024

    Russ Nelson, UAH Research Writer|Feb 1, 2024

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (FEB 27, 2024) – The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), a part of The University of Alabama System, hosted the third annual UAH Engineering Showcase during Engineers Week 2024, Feb. 18 – 22. Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951, E-Week is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of, and interest in, engineering and technology careers. "Our February 2024 Third Annual Sho...