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January 6, 2020

Honors for three faculty in aeronautics and astronautics

Three faculty members in the William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics have received honors for their work.

An honor for Justin Little, UW professor of aeronautics and astronautics

Justin Little

Young investigator award: Assistant professor Justin Little has received a Young Investigator Research Program Award of $450,000 from the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, for his work applying data science methods to plasma physics. Little runs the department’s Space Propulsion and Advanced Concepts Engineering Lab which explores the plasma physics of electric propulsion systems for space travel. He was one of 40 researchers nationwide to receive such an award. Read more on the department website.

Behçet Açıkmeşe, professor of aeronautics and astronautics. has been honored by the IEEE.

Behçet Açıkmeşe

Technical excellence honor: The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Control Systems Society has named Professor Behçet Açıkmeşe recipient of its 2019 award for Technical Excellence in Aerospace Control. Açıkmeşe leads the department’s Autonomous Control Lab.

The award is given for “outstanding contributions to convex optimization-based control and its transitions and applications to aerospace applications.” Read more on the department website.

Uri Shumlak, UW professor of aeronatics and astronautics, has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society.

Uri Shumlak

American Physical Society fellowship: Uri Shumlak, professor and associate department chair for research, has been elected one of 11 new fellows of the American Physical Society for 2019. He was elected for his “Z-pinch” research, a type of plasma confinement system that uses an electrical current to generate a magnetic field and could make more efficient production of both power on Earth and propulsion for space travel. Read more on the department website.

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