When he was a little boy, he dreamed of being an astronaut. His earliest memory is watching a space shuttle light up the night sky as it was launched from Cape Canaveral. As he grew up, Jake Ingram realized maybe he isn’t destined to fly the spacecraft, but to build it instead.
The Great American Eclipse of 2017 is in the books. For the student-led University of Kentucky Solar Eclipse Ballooning Team, August 21 was the culmination of over 18 months of intense preparation for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
When you’re developing a small spacecraft that can withstand up to 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit while reentering the Earth’s atmosphere, a rocket launch is the only way to test your work.
In July, the UK Solar Car Team competed in the annual Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP) at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas. Eighteen teams from the contiguous U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico made the trek to Austin to compete in FSGP. Junior Monon Rahman, who serves as the team’s media and communications specialist, provided the recap below.
NASA has announced two new three-year awards totaling $850,000 for the NASA Kentucky EPSCoR Program, hosted at the University of Kentucky.
The Formula Sun Grand Prix, held at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, July 3-8, brought together 18 college teams competing in a challenge to design, build and race solar-powered cars.
Grant Boggess, a recent University of Kentucky College of Engineering graduate, has received a $10,000 Tau Beta Pi Fellowship to attend graduate school at Rice University.
A team of University of Kentucky students, led by College of Engineering Professor Suzanne Smith, is preparing to launch two high-altitude weather balloons on Aug. 21 as part of a nationwide, NASA-sponsored project to livestream footage of the 2017 total solar eclipse.
Formula Kentucky, the University of Kentucky’s Formula Society of Automotive Engineers Team, competed in the Formula SAE® Michigan competition held at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan, May 10-13. Its appearance marked the second year in a row in which UK has participated in the event. Thirteen team members made the trip.
The purpose of the University Research Professorship program is to recognize and publicize research accomplishments of scholars across the full range of disciplines at UK. The award amount is $10,000 for one year, to be used to further the research, scholarship and creative endeavors of the awardee.