2020 News

CAMEE Part of a $3.3 Million Team Project Led by UT Austin

December — Funded by a NASA University Leadership Initiative (ULI) Award, the "Full Airframe Sensing Technology (FAST)" goal is to create a new paradigm in sensing for hypersonic vehicles, which could also be applied to lower-speed craft. Read more in "Hypersonics Project Aims to Transform Sensing for High-Speed Vehicles."

Dr. Christopher Combs' New High-Tech Video Camera in UTSA Today

December — Funded by the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Dr. Combs is a recipient of a $284,884 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) Award. He will use it to buy cameras for the UTSA Hypersonic Lab. Read about it in "New high-tech video camera creating unique opportunities."

CAMEE Student Jahsiah Toby Featured in UTSA Today Class of 2020

December"Next Stop: Mars" for UTSA mechanical engineering student. Jahsiah credits CAMEE with expanding his thinking on how engineering can be applied to a career that impacts Earth and beyond.

Dr. Kiran Bhaganagar Is Leading the City-Based Alliance Effort to Prep for Local Aerospace Economy

November — Comprised of more than 35 area industry, federal research laboratories, government and education experts, the City-Based Alliance is working together on a NASA proposal to strengthen STEM curriculum in primary and secondary schools and attract more females and minority groups to reflect the diversity of South Texas. See "University leading effort to prep for local aerospace economy."

CAMEE MS Student Ashley Aguilar Awarded Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDETFP) Grant

November — The DDETFP awards fellowships to students pursuing degrees in transportation-related disciplines.

UTSA Today Article on NASA Visit to CAMEE

October — See "NASA visit to UTSA highlights CAMEE’s first anniversary." The NASA visit gave the CAMEE team an opportunity to share progress made over the past year on its growing presence at the university and community.

CAMEE Participates in NASA Student Launch

October — UTSA was one of 32 U.S. universities and colleges selected for the 2021 NASA Student Launch (NSL). The UTSA student team is supported by CAMEE, the College of Sciences Student Success Center, and the College of Engineering Student Success Center. See UTSA NSL webpage and UTSA Today article "The sky is the limit for UTSA students selected for NASA competition."

Dr. Kiran Bhaganagar's Case Study Finds Coronavirus Easily Transmitted in Ideal Outdoor Conditions

September — Dr. Bhaganagar's entire study was published in Environmental Research on September 17. UTSA Ph.D. student Sudheer Bhimireddy assisted on the project.
UTSA study shows airborne coronavirus particles could travel more than a mile –KSAT12
Landmark case study finds coronavirus easily transmitted in ideal outdoor conditions –UTSA Today

Dr. Kiran Bhaganagar Featured in UTSA Today

September — Dr. Bhaganagar is Co-PI of a $50,000 NASA grant to gather data and submit a concept paper. See "NASA looks to UTSA to help expand field of STEM researchers."

UTSA Today Highlights Inaugural CAMEE Conference

September — Researchers from UTSA, external partners, and students presented their research in a virtual format. Read more in "UTSA’s NASA advanced measurements center hosts inaugural conference."

New Space Act Agreement between NASA Langley Research Center, University of Tennessee Space Institute, and UTSA

August — CAMEE will be performing wind tunnel testing as part of their collaboration with NASA Langley Research Center for their research in hypersonics.

CAMEE PhD Students Jullian Williams and Younghyun Koo among the COVID-19 Transdisciplinary Team Grand Challenge Winners

August — Their team's proposal was "Socio-economic and Environmental Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic in Texas." Challenge winners came from five teams made up of 22 graduate students working across research disciplines. Read more in UTSA Today article "Graduate student researchers win top prizes in COVID-19 team challenge."

CAMEE Hosts Virtual Teacher Workshop

August — Ten K–12 teachers participated in a two-day professional development workshop hosted by the NASA MIRO Center for Advanced Measurements in Extreme Environments (CAMEE) in collaboration with the Dee Howard Foundation. Read about it in the NCASE August 2020 Newsletter and the UTSA Today article "Extreme environments center hosts virtual teacher workshop."

Dr. Christopher Combs Receives CONNECT Research Seed Funding to Study Hypersonic Flight Environments

July — Connecting Researchers through Partnerships (CONNECT) is a joint funding opportunity with the Southwest Research Institute. Read more in UTSA Today's "Researchers receive funding to study hypersonic flight environments."

CAMEE MS Student Thomas Nordstrand Featured in Texoma News Network

June — Thomas will study the water and how it collects on the hailstone. Read "NASA researcher collects hailstones in Burkburnett" for more details.

#ThisIsWhatAScientistLooksLike: CAMEE MS Student Karen Mendiondo

May — Karen earned her bachelor's degree in Geology from UTSA and is now a second-year student in the M.S. Geology program. See the COS Student Spotlight on Karen Mendiondo.

Dr. Hongjie Xie and CAMEE PhD Student YoungHyun Koo Develop Interactive Texas COVID-19 Mapping Tool

April — Updated daily, the map reflects the cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in Texas. Read UTSA Today article "Researchers develop site to help Texans find vital resources during pandemic" to learn more.

CAMEE Featured in UTSA Sombrilla Magazine

Winter/Spring — Sombrilla Magazine story "Going to Extremes " highlights the Center for Advanced Measurements in Extreme Environments.

CAMEE Student Karen Mendiondo Selected to Receive AGU Outstanding Student Presentation Award

March — The Outstanding Student Presentation Awards promote, recognize and reward undergraduate, Master's, and PhD students for quality research in the Earth and space sciences.

Dr. Christopher Combs Receives USAF Grant

January — The three-year $450,000 grant will support Dr. Combs investigation of the effects of hypersonic shock waves on future U.S. Air Force flight systems. Learn more in UTSA Today article "Researcher receives grant to study effects of hypersonic shock waves."

CAMEE PhD Students YoungHyun Koo and Jullian Williams Attended Snow Measurement Field School in New Hampshire

January — Hosted by the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science (CUAHSI), the program offered an experiential learning opportunity for participants to dive into snow science. Read about it in the COS News Spotlight.