Tucson

About Tucson

Whether for business or pleasure, people come from all across the world to visit Tucson's blossoming green landscape. Found in the Sonoran Desert - dubbed "the greenest of deserts" - Tucson offers travelers clear skies, fresh air, stunning sunsets and rugged outdoor adventures.

The Old Pueblo's eco-friendly stage is already set with clean air and ample sunshine, a variety of farmers' markets offering local foods, hundreds of miles of bike paths, and smart water usage like xeriscaping.

History

Tucson was formally founded in 1775, about the time the nation's forefathers were signing the Declaration of Independence. Locally, the city is still called the Old Pueblo for the adobe fortress or "presidio" that marked its early borders.

Over the past three centuries, Tucson has grown from a Native American farming community, to Spanish outpost, to dusty frontier town, to bustling territorial days' railroad hub, to today's Southwestern metropolis of a million people.

For an introduction to Tucson and Southern Arizona's past, visit the Arizona Historical Society and the Arizona State Museum. Stroll through a restored 19th century neighborhood and see Sonoran architecture and the site of the original Spanish presidio. To learn about Tucson's significant aviation history, visit Pima Air & Space Museum, the world's largest privately-funded air museum. We also have many historic day trips to match your interests.

Portions of this information taken from www.visittucson.org

Tucson in the Summer

Tucson's daily highs in the summer average higher than much of the US, but the humidity is much lower in the desert Southwest than in much of the rest of the country. Also, Tucson will experience the Monsoon during your stay (typically starting around July 4, and continuing for several weeks), and this season is a dramatic contrast to the sunny and arid June. For climate information, check out the National Weather Service's data sheet for Tucson.

About the University of ArizonaUA Mall in monsoon season

As a public research university serving the diverse citizens of Arizona and beyond, the mission of the University of Arizona is to provide a comprehensive, high-quality education that engages our students in discovery through research and broad-based scholarship. We aim to empower our graduates to be leaders in solving complex societal problems. Whether in teaching, research, outreach or student engagement, access and quality are the defining attributes of the University of Arizona’s mission.

Students:

  • 29,719 Undergraduate
  • 6,962 Graduate
  • 1,376 Professional & Medical

Facts & Research:

  • Founded in 1885
  • More than $600 million in research
  • Ranked #18 among all public universities by the National Science Foundation
  • State Land Grant University
  • Member, Association of American Universities
  • Research I University

Sports:

  • NCAA Division-1, PAC 12 Conference

Campus:

  • 387 acres in central Tucson, oldest continually maintained green space in Arizona.

CAT Vehicle 2019

This video describes my experience with the CAT Vehicel REU program at the University of Arizona during the 2019 summer. During this program, I realized I enjoy making games for reinforcement learning and what I wanted to research in graduate school. I would recommend this program due to the great mentors who supported me and the friends I made over the summer.

Video about Chris's CAT Vehicle Project: showing that a vehicle with FollowerStopper in a singular lane without merges will not crash and that it will be string stable, effectively dissipating human-caused traffic waves if enough vehicles are deployed in the traffic flow.

Video of Daniels project: checking whether the velocity controller, FollowerStopper, is safe and string stable. 

This silly video provides a brief overview of what our group (Jill Alexander and I) accomplished during our time at the UofA CAT Vehicle REU.

Video by 2019 CAT Vehicle Alum Jill Alexander. 

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