Three students from the research group received rewards at the annual department ceremony:

Giusy FalconeGraduate Student Service Award, awarded to a student for service to the unit, beyond merely their academic and research responsibilities

Jack JoshiRobert W. McCloy Memorial Award, presented to a junior or first-semester senior student in recognition of outstanding academic performance

Marta CortinovisAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Scholastic Achievement Award, awarded to the senior graduating with the highest GPA

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Major update!

Lots of exciting things have been happening in the group in the past year, they just haven’t shown up here. Until now.

  • May 2021: Daniel Engel received the NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunity award.
  • Aug. 2021: Grace Calkins and Tiger Hou join the group as graduate students. Welcome Grace and Tiger!
  • Jun. 2021: Kevin Lohan successfully defends his Ph.D. thesis. Congratulations, Kevin!
  • Nov. 2021: Nate Skolnik successfully defends his Ph.D. thesis. Congratulations, Nate!
  • Jan. 2022: the research group presents 8 different technical papers at the AIAA SciTech Forum, a new record for us.
  • Jan. 2022: Destiny Fawley passes the Ph.D. qualifying exam. Congratulations, Destiny!

New graduate students

The group welcomes two new graduate students this fall: Destiny Fawley and Daniel Engel. Both worked in the group as undergradute researchers and completed their B.S. in aerospace engineering in May 2020. Destiny’s graduate research on magnetohydrodynamic control systems for aeroassist vehicles is funded by a NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunity grant. Daniel’s research will focus on evaluating aerodynamic flaps for trajectory control during planetary entry.

SASSI2 Updated Launch Date

Due to the Soyuz launch failure in late 2018, SASSI2 was de-manifested from NG-10 and will instead launch on NG-11. The current launch date for NG-11 is April 17, 2019; SASSI2 will be re-delivered to the launch integrator in late March.

SASSI2 Delivered to Launch Integrator

The Student Aerothermal Spectrometer Satellite of Illinois and Indiana (SASSI2) has been successfully delivered to the launch integrator. SASSI2 will launch as a secondary payload on NG-10, an Antares-Cygnus ISS resupply mission that will launch from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. SASSI2 will be attached directly to the Antares upper stage, a first for smallsat launch. Launch is currently planned for Nov. 15.

Group Welcomes New Graduate Students

Two new M.S. students have joined the Putnam Research Group: Michelle McClary and Nick Zuiker. Michelle joins the group after completing her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at University of Illinois Chicago. Nick finished his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering at UIUC in May of 2018 and will continue as the team lead for SASSI2.