Construction of a new propulsion test facility for UCLA begins in Mojave, CA. The facility will provide unique rocket test and launch infrastructure for research and educational activities. The facility will be directed by Dr. Spearrin.
Kevin Schwarm - National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship: Multi-Physics Analysis of Reacting Sprays Relevant to Rocket Propulsion and Power GenerationChristopher Jelloian - NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship: Non-Equilibrium Heat Transfer During Mars Entry Using Advanced Laser Diagnostics
Dr. Spearrin named a 2019 recipient of the prestigious Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program (AFOSR YIP) Award for development and application of a novel laser-based imaging method for the study of reacting fluid dynamics relevant to advanced propulsion.
The UCLA Rocket Project launches a liquid bi-propellant rocket (LOx-ethanol) to 12,000+ ft in preparation for the FAR-Mars competition. The UCLA Rocket Project is advised by Dr. Spearrin.
This five year grant will support his research using spectroscopy to understand the chemistry and physics of combustion at high pressures. Knowledge learned from the studies will be applied to the next-generation of ultra-efficient engines. The award will also support project-based educational activities led by Dr. Spearrin.
Dr. Spearrin's new MAE 259A Spectroscopy and Molecular Gas Dynamics course launches. The course is designed to teach graduate students in engineering the fundamentals of light-matter interactions and gas dynamics at the molecular scale.
Dr. Spearrin's new design-build-launch curriculum for the MAE 157A aerospace capstone class gets featured in an article by UCLA Engineering News. The team-based course taken by seniors in aerospace engineering involved the design, analysis, manufacturing, and testing of mid-power rockets and culminated in a launch competition in the Mojave desert.
The Spearrin Lab joined members from the Reaction Research Society (RRS) in a launch demonstration of several zinc-sulfur rockets out in Mojave, CA. The Reaction Research Society is the oldest continuously operating amateur experimental rocket group in the United States.
Our lab begins a new collaboration with the University of Southern California's Combustion and Fuels Laboratory to study turbulent premixed jet flames using advanced laser diagnostics.
Graduate researchers Daniel Lee and Fabio Bendana spent part of their summer working on a liquid rocket engine test rig at AFRL in Edwards, CA. Together they developed new laser diagnostic techniques to measure species and temperature at the extreme temperatures and pressures of an LRE combustion chamber.
Dr. Spearrin co-authors a new textbook on applied spectroscopy, published by Springer. The text provides an introduction to the science that governs the interaction of light and matter (in the gas phase) for the purpose of providing engineers, scientists, and aspiring students the basic knowledge to (1) exploit the light-matter interaction to develop quantitative tools for gas analysis (i.e. optical diagnostics) and (2) to understand and interpret the results of spectroscopic measurements.
Stanford Medicine magazine features an article on the extension of laser absorption spectrosopy for breath diagnostics, highlighting an emerging area of cross-disciplinary research and profiling Dr. Spearrin and his colleagues who have driven recent progress in the field with an aim toward addressing pediatric emergency conditions.