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March 2021

A man holds up a tiny electronic device, about the size of a chocolate chip.

Engineers Use Confetti-Sized Device to Change Songbird Pitch, Improve Understanding of Human Speech

University of Arizona engineers have created a tiny, wireless device to rapidly change the pitch of adult songbirds' songs, with the goal of better understanding communication and speech in the human brain.
Alex Craig and Jesse Little stand next to a large metal wind tunnel.

Investigating Boundary Layers in Hypersonic Flight

The UArizona Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering received more than $3 million in funding in support of their hypersonics research on objects that move faster than the speed of sound.
Five students stand on the front steps of the Mines and Metallurgy building.

Wildcats Win Big in SME Mine Design Competitions

For the first time, a team of University of Arizona seniors took home first place in the international mine design competition. The junior team earned third place in another competition.
A young man in an orange vests stands in an area with volcanic rock.

Student Builds VR Platform in NASA Internship

Intern helps NASA scientists create an immersive virtual reality software system that processes space weather data to predict and visualize future magnetic disturbances on Earth.

Tucson-based Startup Licenses Technology for Creating Sustainable Products From Algae

The UArizona-invented Air Accordion Photobioreactor produces low-cost, large-scale and environmentally sustainable microalgae products used to create vaccines and health supplements like omega-3 fatty acids.
Two photos of David Ashton. One headshot. One of him and a woman facing each other and holding up their hands (his swearing in ceremony to become an attorney)

Engineering Background Serves Attorney Alum Well

Graduate applies SIE expertise to the world of patent law.
Perseverance Rover on Mars

Our Eyes Are [Roving] on Mars

Optical sciences and engineering alum helped create the optical system for the Mars rover Perseverance.
The moon

Engineers Propose Solar-Powered Lunar Ark as 'Modern Global Insurance Policy'

The ambitious project aims to preserve humankind – and animal-kind, plant-kind and fungi-kind – in the event of a global crisis.