December 2010 - AFOSR supported research at the University of Arizona is investigating high temperature resistant ceramic coatings that will provide thermal protection for Air Force hypersonic flight vehicles.The research team led by Dr. Erica Corral of the University of Arizona is using advanced chemical synthesis and ceramic processing methods to process the ceramic compositions onto carbon composites, which are the materials used to fabricate lightweight and highstrength aerospace vehicles."...
El avance académico de Erica Corral puede ser considerado tan hipersónico como la nave espacial que ella está investigando, mas está en realidad en una trayectoria bien trazada que inició en la escuela primaria en El Paso.Corral, de 33 años de edad salió de la universidad apenas hace cinco años y encabeza el laboratorio donde seis estudiantes e investigadores están desarrollando materiales que permitirán que una nave espacial hipersónica sobreviva la velocidad de Mach 20, y que vehículos...
September 2010 - Erica Corral's academic rise may seem as hypersonic as the
spacecraft she researches, but she's actually on a carefully plotted trajectory
that began in elementary school in El Paso.Corral, 33, is just five years out of graduate school and
she heads a lab where six students and researchers are developing materials to
allow hypersonic spacecraft to survive Mach 20 speed and space vehicles to
re-enter Earth's atmosphere without burning off their protective shields. "It's not easy...
August 2010 - Erica Corral, an assistant professor in the UA
department of materials science and engineering, has been named most promising
doctoral engineer or scientist by the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement
Awards Conference, or HENAAC.The conference is an annual event that recognizes the
achievements of Hispanics in science, technology, engineering and math, which
are known collectively as the STEM subjects. HENAAC, now in its 22nd year, is
organized by Great Minds in STEM, a...
May 2010 - Assistant professor Erica L. Corral has been
awarded $400,000 by the National Science Foundation to research new materials
for spacecraft coatings that can withstand the super hot environments
encountered in space missions.Under certain conditions, such as when a spacecraft
re-enters the Earth's atmosphere, some parts of the vehicle can reach 2600-2800
degrees Celsius. That's about double the melting point of steel and more than
half the estimated temperature of the Earth's core. "...
March 2010 - Erica L. Corral, an assistant professor in the University of
Arizona department of materials science and engineering, is one of only 38
early-career scientists and engineers to receive an award under the Young
Investigator Program of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.Competition is fierce for research grants from the Air
Force, and Corral's award marks the first time that UA has ever been a part of
such an Air Force program for young investigators.Corral said there is no...
March 2010 - Research
on an aluminum-silicon alloy in space could lead to stronger materials
manufactured on Earth.
When astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor docked
with the International Space Station on Feb. 10, more than 200 miles above the
Atlantic west of Portugal, part of their mission was to collect a sample from
an experiment conducted by University of Arizona College of Engineering
researchers.The small ingot of aluminum-silicon alloy was the first
material sample supporting...
March 2010 - The first American research sample processed in
the International Space Station's Materials Science Laboratory was opened for
study March 16 at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
The sample consisted of an aluminum-silicon alloy that was
melted and resolidified in orbit. The experiment was controlled by commands
from the ground and monitored by David Poirier, Robert Erdman and Matthew
Goodman of UA's materials science and engineering department.
January 2010 - International research in the fields of
thermal imaging, remote spectroscopy, medical imaging and astronomy has a home
on the campus of the University of Arizona thanks to collaborations between
researchers at the UA and two French universities.University of Arizona President Robert N. Shelton met with
representatives on Jan. 11 from the Centre National de la Recherche Scientific,
or CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research), to mark the inauguration of
October 2009 - MSE undergraduate students attended MS&T 2009, a conference that offers the opportunity to hear the latest technical advances and cutting-edge
developments in the materials science community at-large.