The Space Division’s research focuses on strategic capabilities in lunar in-situ resource utilization, propulsion, robotic landers, lunar surface habitation and exploration, and small spacecraft technologies. This division also supports NASA’s Artemis program and Moon to Mars vision. Md Mahamudur Rahman, Ph.D., leads the division’s work. Rahman earned his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from UTEP in 2011. He worked with the Aerospace Center (known as cSETR at the time) as a graduate student researcher and credits that high-quality, real-world, hands-on research environment with helping him develop an investigative mindset, a toolbox of soft and hard skills, and a passion for scientific research.
“I find myself inspired with the desire to assist UTEP students in understanding, implementing and discovering new concepts,” Rahman said. “My primary goals as a mentor are ensuring fundamental understanding, fostering the acquisition of critical and independent thinking, and advancing the collaborative work skills of UTEP students. I help them paint a vision of their future career, and find ways to energize, motivate and boost their confidence. I discuss individual development plans with students, help them identify their strengths, skill gaps, and ways to improve their gaps.”