NASA Scientist Named Director of National Suborbital Education and Research Center on Campus

The University recently appointed Melissa Yang as program director of the National Suborbital Education and Research Center (NSERC). NSERC is hosted at UND Aerospace in the Department of Earth System Science & Policy, part of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.

Melissa Yang

Melissa Yang

As program director, Yang is responsible for science operations support for various NASA airborne research platforms, including the DC-8, P-3 and C-130. She also serves as an interface to the scientific community. Read more

All-women Air Race Classic Team Flies to Second Place Among 56 Competitors

A team of UND aviators placed second overall among 56 international teams competing this year in the all-women Air Race Classic.

UND aviation coach Erin Schoenrock (far right) stands with returning Air Classic racers of the Frozen Force team (left to right) Carly Namihira, Christina Druskins, Jennifer Pinkowski.  Not pictured Lydia Wiff.

The UND team—Frozen Force—also won second place in a field of 17 collegiate division teams. This was UND’s third year in a race that’s been going annually since before World War II. The team returned safely to Grand Forks this week. Read more

UND Research Reveals More Information about Satellite Images of Bakken Flares

Researchers from the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) and the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences’ Department of Earth System Science & Policy have announced the findings of a recent report conducted to take a closer look at satellite images of associated gas (i.e., flaring) in the North Dakota Bakken Formation.

“Satellite images featured in publications such as National Geographic show the night sky in sparsely populated areas of western North Dakota looking more like the bright lights of large metropolitan areas such as New York City, Boston, or Chicago,” said Chris Zygarlicke, EERC Deputy Associate Director for Research. “Many published images in the media tout new types of satellite imaging used to examine gas flares but rarely explain how the images are derived.” Read more