College of Aeronautics and Engineering

UAV Flight Propels Fuel Cell Research

Kent State University’s College of Aeronautics and Engineering (CAE) developed an innovative hybrid fuel cell capacitor that prolongs the flight time of unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs), the first hybrid fuel cell battery capacitor specifically developed for commercial UAVs. The project team, led by Yanhai Du, Ph.D., professor in Kent State’s CAE and principal investigator at Kent State’s Fuel Cell Research Lab, developed a lightweight-high-energy-density onboard power source that enables vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) type aircraft to potentially increase flight time and&nbsp...

UAV Flight Propels Fuel Cell Research

Kent State University’s College of Aeronautics and Engineering (CAE) developed an innovative hybrid fuel cell capacitor that prolongs the flight time of unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs), the first hybrid fuel cell battery capacitor specifically developed for commercial UAVs. The project team, led by Yanhai Du, Ph.D., professor in Kent State’s CAE and principal investigator at Kent State’s Fuel Cell Research Lab, developed a lightweight-high-energy-density onboard power source that enables vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) type aircraft to potentially increase flight time and&nbsp...

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Yanhai Du, Ph.D., College of Aeronautics and Engineering professor, has been working with an interdisciplinary research team to develop a hybrid fuel cell battery/capacitor. This fuel cell is the first to have been developed for commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), such as drones. The new technology could have benefits in the military, commercial, inspection, and emergency response sectors. This project was funded by the Ohio Federal Research Network (OFRN). Read the full story from OFRN: Innovation Spotlight: Kent State University innovates power source for Unmanned Aircraft Sy...

Alex and Laura with their awards from the 45th annual Air Race Classic

On Monday, June 27, the Kent State University College of Aeronautics and Engineering community welcomed Team 52, the Flying Flashes, back from the 45th Annual Air Race Classic. The Air Race Classic is a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging and educating current and future women pilots, increasing public awareness of general aviation, demonstrating women's roles in aviation, and preserving and promoting the tradition of pioneering women in aviation.  The race route is different every year, and this year racers flew from Lakeland, Florida, to Terre Haute, Indiana, appr...

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Each year, more than 30 million patients receive fluid resuscitation therapies for critical care scenarios like hemorrhaging, sepsis and burns. Underdosing resuscitation strategies are inefficient at saving lives, while overdosing regimens may lead to resuscitation injuries and hypothermia. Hossein Mirinejad, Ph.D., assistant professor in the College of Aeronautics and Engineering, is hoping to help find the solution to dosing problems. The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded Mirinejad a $200,000 grant to design a systematic approach for precision dosing in critical care.&nbs...

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The National Science Foundation recently awarded a two-year $198,978 grant to Tao Shen, Ph.D., for the development of a compact, cable-driven serial robot that can be used in medical settings. Shen, assistant professor in the College of Aeronautics & Engineering, aims to build a robot with his students that will address the critical limitations that most current medical robots have. “Surgical robots use very tiny motors to operate in a human body, but even then the robot itself ends up being very big,” Shen said. “And it needs to be sterilized using heat or chemicals, which kills the b...

Jacob Grant (pictured third from left) pictured with the rocket built by the Kent State high powered rocket team.

Jacob Grant, Kent State University Honors College student, is a senior aerospace engineering major with a minor in physics. Grant graduated from Edison High School in Milan, OH in 2017. After a late medical disqualification from the Air Force Academy, he chose to attend Kent State University. Grant is a third generation Kent State University Honors College student. His grandmother studied Spanish at Kent State and his mother studied education. Both were members of the Honors College. The Honors College and its faculty have contributed significantly to Grant’s positive experiences at Kent St...

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As once stated by educational Pioneer and famous American Philosopher John Dewey, all that we learn is derived from experience. Kent State University continues to foster innovation and promote the development of hands-on learning through various collaborative efforts focused on building experience and training.  Among the opportunities offered through the university, the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Program provides undergraduate students with the chance to engage in an intensive research project during the summer break. “SURE students are able to engage one-...

A $1.5 million gift from The Timken Foundation of Canton has allowed Kent State University to advance the groundbreaking timeline for the expansion of the Aeronautics and Engineering Building.

A $1.5 million gift from The Timken Foundation of Canton is supporting the project Kent State University’s College of Aeronautics and Engineering is unique in the country as the only college that combines the disciplines of aeronautics, engineering and engineering technology in one cohesive college, enabling cross-disciplinary synergy in academic programs and research. Due to the value associated with a degree in these fields, enrollment growth has exploded, with a 53.6% increase in enrolling freshmen since 2018 and an almost 7% enrollment growth collegewide in 2020 – notable during the COVID...

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Students to create toy universe around WWII female aviators as part of SkyHack hackathon event Kent State University and The Red Door Films of Los Angeles announce “Play with a Purpose,” a sponsor challenge as part of the SkyHack 3.0 competition at Kent State to be held Nov. 5-7. Teams of students will create an interactive toy universe based on the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) of World War II and their training base, Avenger Field. “Play with a Purpose” will be one of five competition streams at this year’s SkyHack. Hosted by Kent State’s Design Innovation, LaunchNET and College of...