Defense & Security Research Institute (DSRI)
The Defense & Security Research Institute leverages the University of Arizona’s research strengths to create economic alliances with Arizona and the nation’s defense and security industries. Arizona has the fifth-largest aerospace and defense economy in the country and is home to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Fort Huachuca, Raytheon, and others with whom the UA already has strong relationships. Led by Austin Yamada, with decades of executive national security experience in government, industry, and academia and as former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in Special Operations and Combating Terrorism, the DSRI enhances the University’s valued partnerships by matching the research needs of defense and security initiatives with our equipment and expertise.
UA Researchers Track Chinese Space Station as it Falls to Earth
As Chinese space station Tiangong-1 falls to Earth, UA astronomer Vishnu Reddy and aerospace engineering graduate student Tanner Campbell are tracking its path using technology they developed in four months—with less than $2,000.
What is Agrivoltaics?
The Sonoran Desert is a perfect place to see agrivoltaics in action. It's a new way of combining renewable energy with agriculture in a hot, arid landscape, positioning elevated solar panels over an understory of plants. At the University of Arizona, scientists are working on agrivoltaics projects just outside of Biosphere 2, the living laboratory where climate change has been the focus of interdisciplinary research in recent years.
First New Telescope in 20 Years Opens on UA Campus
Officials from the Air Force Research Laboratory joined staff, students and faculty this month at the “First Light” ceremony for a new student-built telescope that will be used in part for satellite observation.
The telescope, along with a second that is not complete yet, was built by five undergraduate students from the University of Arizona's College of Engineering, led by assistant professor Vishnu Reddy of the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. The telescopes were built from the ground up to track satellites and space junk.