NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) Build/Fly/Learn Proposed Team Projects

2017 Application coming soon!


Contact:

Debbie Murray, Program Manager, Virginia Space Grant Consortium; dbmurray@odu.edu; 757/766-5210.



Research Directorate Summer VSGC 2017 STEM Takes Flight Project Opportunities


Opportunity RD1: Develop Unified CAD Drawings of Langley building 1247 complex

Description: Currently there is no existing drawing showing the low-pressure (125-psi) steam system or its components for the 1247A and B-wing. Student will walk the entire 1247A and B building, mapping the locations of the steam lines and developing a CAD or legible hand drawing, which will be incorporated into the configuration management system. The drawing will be used by facility personnel to better troubleshoot and upgrade to support research needs in the variety of tunnels and labs located in the 1247 complex.
Preferred Majors: Mechanical Engineering Technology or Drafting and Design
Skills: CAD, Drafting and Design
Hands-on/Computer Based/Both: Both
Individual or Team: Individual
Technician/Research: Technician
Expected Student Outcome:

  • Learn the NASA Langley Configuration Management program
  • Work with CAD to develop draft document
  • Map drawing to current D-wing drawing
  • Communicate and understand the roles of the FC and FSH
  • Learn safety and drawing development within the facilities from a senior technician
  • Gain some insight into the complexity of systems utilized at NASA Langley to support research
  • Learn to work in a team environment to accomplish a common goal


Opportunity RD2: Manufacture and Test Multilayered Composites That Offer Highly Efficient Space Radiation Shielding

Description: The project is to manufacture and test multilayered composites that offer highly efficient space radiation shielding. The manufacturing process was developed by a summer student in 2016. This student will follow the validated manufacturing method to create several different variations of multi-layered composite samples, submit samples for testing, and evaluate the radiation shielding performance of each sample.
Preferred Majors: Mechanical Engineering Technology, Chemistry or Physics
Skills: Materials (polymers) lab skills in processing and characterization
Hands-on/Computer Based/Both: Both
Individual or Team: Both
Technician/Research: Research
POC: Ji Su – ji.su1@nasa.gove - 757-864-8336
Godfrey Sauti – godfrey.sauti1@nasa.gov - 757-864-8174


Opportunity RD3: Continued Improvement of a Cure Monitoring System for Composites Using Ultrasonic, Guided (Lamb) Waves

Description: This position will assist in the continued improvement of a cure monitoring system for composites using ultrasonic, guided (Lamb) waves developed at NASA Langley Research Center. The intern will help with fabrication of composite panels, instrumentation of the system (both hardware and software), and data collection and analysis using MatLab and LabView. During the internship, the student will gain experience with many types of hardware (e.g., waveform generators, oscilloscopes, acoustic sensors, fiber optic sensors, optical power meters) and learn how to communicate and control such equipment in a production environment.
Preferred Majors: Mechanical and/or electrical engineering/technology
Skills: Matlab
Hands-on/Computer Based/Both: Both
Individual or Team: Team
Technician/Research: Research focused but with some tasks typically associated with technicians (e.g., layup of composites)
POC: Tyler Hudson - tyler.b.hudson@nasa.gov - 757-864-3342
Frank Palmieri - frank.l.palmieri@nasa.gov - 757-864-8802


Opportunity RD4: Research and Prototype Design for the Use of an Electrostatic Precipitator to Capture Airborne Contaminants from Wind Tunnel Air Streams

Description: The project will involve further research and prototype design for the use of an electrostatic precipitator to capture polystyrene microsphere particulate and other airborne contaminants from wind tunnel air streams. The project includes a series of lab-based experiments to validate that the fundamental principles of this technique. In addition, wind tunnel experiments will be conducted to assess the effectiveness of these devices in a wind tunnel environment.
Preferred Majors: Engineering, Chemistry, and Physics
Skills: Laboratory exposure, Microsoft Office, Matlab
Hands-on/Computer Based/Both: Mostly Hands-on but there could be a computational part to it
Individual or Team: Individual
Technician/Research: Both
POC:Christopher Wohl - c.j.wohl@nasa.gov - 757-864-8074
Pacita Teimsin - pacita.i.tiemsin@nasa.gov - 757-864-5310
Samantha Applin - samantha.applin1@nasa.gov - 757-864-3375


Opportunity RD5: Design, Maintenance, and Fabrication of Systems for Testing in Hypersonic Tunnels and Vacuum Spheres

Description: The project involves design, maintenance, and fabrication of systems used for tests in the hypersonic tunnels and vacuum spheres. This project may also include supporting the maintenance and operation of the actual wind tunnel sub systems and instrumentation.
Preferred Majors: Mechanical Engineering Technician
Skills: CAD, Machine Shop fabrication skills
Hands-on/Computer Based/Both: Both
Individual or Team: Both, but mainly team
Technician/Research: Technician supporting research
POC: Anthony Robbins - anthony.w.robbins@nasa.gov - 757-864-3367
Paul Tucker - paul.a.tucker@nasa.gov - 757-864-3426


Opportunity RD6: Wake Vortex Detection System

Description: This project includes creating the test bench and data acquisition system. This project involves lasers to detect pressure changes at a distance. Basic parts are required for the test bench and some supervised light machining may be needed. Tests will include introduction of pressurized air into the test area, changes from vacuum to atmospheric pressure, and other similar tests for viability in improving air traffic safety. We expect this to be a mix of hands-on experimentation with real equipment and some computer based work with data analysis. Safety training with non-ionizing radiation sources will be necessary before doing experiments.
Preferred Majors: Electronics Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Physics
Skills: MatLab is a plus
Hands-on/Computer Based/Both: Both
Individual or Team: Both
Technician/Research: Research
POC: Sang Choi - sang.h.choi@nasa.gov - 757-864-1408
Adam Duzik - adam.j.duzik@nasa.gov - 757-864-6030


Opportunity RD7: Solar Sail Hardware Materials

Description: Solar sails are an attractive spacecraft propulsion system which offers simple low-cost operations with no use of on-board propellant by deriving thrust directly from momentum transfer of solar photons. Applications include, but not limited to, interplanetary and interstellar exploration, heliophysics, and near-earth asteroid scout missions. The student is expected to assist in the development, test, and characterization of novel solar sail materials. Candidate sail materials are evaluated under simulated space environment to establish a database of material properties for designing exploration missions.
Preferred Majors: Engineering, Chemistry
Skills: Basic computer skills (MS office, any plotting program like origin) and basic chemistry and characterization lab skill are required.
Hands-on/Computer Based/Both: Both
Individual or Team: Both
Technician/Research: Research
POC: Rob Bryant - robert.g.bryant@nasa.gov - 757-864-4275
Jin Ho Kang - jin.h.kang@nasa.gov - 757-864-9219


Opportunity RD8-9: Investigation of Active Flow Control (AFC) Concepts

Description: This position will be in the Flow Physics and Control Branch at the NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC). The intern will work with a team of experimentalists investigating active flow control (AFC) concepts. He/she will be assigned a project that will be hands on and will be tailored to his/her skill level and interests. The intern projects that will be beneficial to the group could include one or more of the following tasks:

  1. Use of CAD to develop small test articles, followed by fabrication using rapid prototyping methods such as 3D printing, and concluding with data acquisition and analysis of test article
  2. Experimental hardware evaluation and software development
  3. Data analysis of existing experimental and computational datasets

The AFC group is planning a wind tunnel experiment in the LaRC 14x22 Wind Tunnel. NASA’s Advanced Air Transport Project funds this research. There are numerous tasks that need to be completed in preparation for the test. The research performed by the intern will contribute to this effort.
Preferred Majors: Engineering, Math, or Computer Science degree
Skills: Experience with MATLAB, Python, and CAD is preferred but not required.
Hands-on/Computer Based/Both: Both
Individual or Team: Both (2) Students
Technician/Research: Research
POC: Latunia Melton - latunia.p.melton@nasa.gov - 757-864-1618


Opportunity RD10: Wind Tunnel Experiments and Data Analysis

Description: Assist with wind tunnel experiments and perform data analysis of results. The student may assist in the test preparation and measurements of surface roughness coatings to be tested on wind tunnel subject models and/or designing of some small wind tunnel model parts.
Preferred Majors: Aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering technology, physics
Skills: Matlab
Hands-on/Computer Based/Both: Both
Individual or Team: Individual
Technician/Research: Research
POC: Jenna Eppink - jenna.eppink@nasa.gov - 757-864-9546


Engineering Directorate Summer VSGC 2017 STEM Takes Flight Project Opportunity



Opportunity ED1: Mechanical Development of Small Satellite Hardware for Science

Description: This announcement is for a hands-on opportunity to participate in the development of a small satellite. The task is to further the mechanical design of electro-mechanical systems. Previously developed design requirements, prototypes, concepts and designs will need to be understood. The design process will include intensively cross-disciplinary interactions in the area of software, electronics, control, space-system design and analysis. The student will be required to learn design tools, which will be used to continue the development of the system design. The primary responsibility of this individual will be to deliver documented CAD files, assembly procedures, finished hardware prototypes and demonstrations of their working design. We are seeking an individual with a hands-on experience and interest in cross-discipline development in a proto-typing environment.
Preferred Majors: Mechanical, Physics
Hands-on/Computer Based/Both: Both
Individual or Team: Individual (1)
POC: Nathanael Miller – nathanael.a.miller@nasa.gov – 757-864-4557


Opportunity ED2: Electrical Development of Small Sat Hardware for Science

Description: This announcement is for a hands-on opportunity to participate in the development of a small satellite. The task is to further the electrical design of electro-mechanical systems. Previously developed design requirements, prototypes, concepts and designs will need to be understood. The design process will include intensively cross-disciplinary interactions in the area of software, mechanical design, controls, space-system design and analysis. The student will be required to learn design tools, which will be used to continue the development of the system design. The primary responsibility of this individual will be to deliver documented electrical design files, operation procedures, finished hardware prototypes and demonstrations of their working design. We are seeking an individual with a hands on experience and interest in cross-discipline development in a proto-typing environment.
Preferred Majors: Physics, Electrical, Computer Science, Computer Engineering or General Engineering
Hands-on/Computer Based/Both: Both
Individual or Team: Individual (1)
POC: Nathanael Miller – nathanael.a.miller@nasa.gov – 757-864-4557


Opportunity ED3: Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) Methodology within the LaRC Engineering Design Studio (EDS.)

Description: This announcement is for a hands-on opportunity to work side-by-side with the subject-matter-expert in the integration development of model-based design and collaboration tools (i.e., Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) methodology within the LaRC Engineering Design Studio (EDS). The EDS is a human and technology resource that provides a collaborative engineering facility for projects in all phases of design, from concept to flight. Skilled engineers and scientists utilize the EDS’s collaborative process and tools to produce or analyze space or aeronautics mission concepts, remote sensing instrument, or technology application designs. The EDS allows members of a design team to come together for real-time design development in an integrated environment, where there are standard processes and tools, and a team familiar with how to use these. The facility currently houses 12 pod stations and 3 more tables, all with connections to the 4 projectors and audio-visual equipment to allow up to 16 PC displays to be visualized on the wall simultaneously. The media system also does room video/desktop conferencing. Integration methods between the model-based design tools and collaboration tools with study templates are continually being improved, with a focus on moving toward a single model of the system (i.e. MBSE methodology) that can be used for project lifetime.
Preferred Majors: Engineering, Software Engineering, Computer Science, or Computer Technology. Preferred Skills: Java, C++, VBA, Python, UML or SysML, SQL, HTML, CSS, Javascript
Hands-on/Computer Based/Both: Computer Based
Individual or Team: Individual (1)
POC: Nipa Phojanamongkolkij – nipa.phojanamongkolkij@nasa.gov – 757-864-6396


Opportunity ED4: Model-Based Systems Engineering for Integrated Air/Ground Technologies

Description/Objective: As a part of the Airspace Technology Demonstration project, NASA is conducting research to develop and demonstrate coordinated or collaborative air/ground application of reroute planning to support flight operators and service providers in managing dynamic en route trajectory changes to improve flight and systems performance in the presence of convective weather. Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE), through the use of CORE 9, is being utilized for requirements management, system modeling, and traceability to verification and validation plans and procedures. The student will have the opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary team of researchers and systems engineers to utilize CORE 9 to architect the integrated air/ground system through the development of requirements, system functionality, system components, and Measures of Performance. The student will have the opportunity to engage in ongoing research activities and planning for the air/ground integration demonstration. A final report and presentation of the student’s project will be required at the end of the internship.
Preferred Majors: STEM Majors, Systems Engineering, Engineering, Aeronautics Interest
Skills: Basic computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.). Model-Based Systems Engineering experience (preference for experience with CORE 9).
Hands-on/Computer Based/Both: Computer Based
Individual or Team: Individual (1)
POCs: Sara Wilson – sara.r.wilson@nasa.gov – 757-864-8587
Stephanie Harrison – stephanie.j.harrison@nasa.gov – 757-864-8812


Opportunity ED5: R&D on Advanced Detectors for Remote Sensing Applications

Description: This announcement is for a hands-on research experience. The student will support R&D on advanced detectors for remote sensing applications. Mid-wave infrared (MWIR) wavelength photodetectors have application in chemical sensing, gas monitoring, medical diagnostics, and free-space communications. Select avalanche photodiodes (APDs) will be investigated for MWIR wavelength detection. The student will investigate APD device architectures, assist with experimental set-ups, collect and analyze APD test data.
Preferred Majors: Physics, Materials Science, Electrical Engineering
Hands-on/Computer Based/Both: Hands-on and Computer Based
Individual or Team: Individual (1)
POC: Dr. Devin Pugh-Thomas – devin.pugh-thomas@nasa.gov – 757-864-3854


Opportunity ED6: SmallSat Team

Description: This team will work to develop a small satellite system and perform testing of the system. This may include system testing, thermal vacuum testing, and vibration testing. A mixture of mechanical, computer, and electrical engineers is preferred. No special computer knowledge is required. Team will design hardware, write procedures, and perform tests of small satellite structures and components. Work will be hands on and independent in nature.
Preferred Majors: Mechanical, Electrical, or Computer Science/Engineering
Hands-on/Computer Based/Both: Both
Individual or Team: Team (3)
POC: Carrie Rhoades – carrie.m.rhoades@nasa.gov – 757-864-8793


Opportunity ED7: Ultra-lightweight Structural Designs for a Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) Test Vehicle

Description: The student will work with a team of other NIFS summer students on the design, build, and testing of a Mars atmosphere flight vehicle concept. Work will focus on ultra-lightweight structural designs for a VTOL test vehicle. Testing will be performed in both an outdoor environment and a low pressure vacuum chamber to simulate Mars surface pressures. Other activities will include testing of a propeller designed specifically for Mars VTOL flight in a low pressure chamber. We are seeking an individual with hands-on experience and an interest in cross-discipline development in a proto-typing and testing environment.
Preferred Majors: Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering
Hands-on/Computer Based/Both: Both
Individual or Team: Individual (1)
POC: David North – david.d.north@nasa.gov – 757-864-7285


Opportunity ED8: Unmanned Aerial Systems Development (UAS)

Description/Objective: The student for this position would work directly with engineers and technicians to integrate and test avionics systems for Unnamed Area Vehicles (UAVs) and ground stations. The student will also support flight test operations and process data from these flight systems.
Preferred Majors: Electrical Engineering Technology
Hands-on/Computer Based/Both: Both
Individual or Team: Individual (1)
POCs: David Hare – david.a.hare@nasa.gov – 757-864-4707
Keith Harris – franklin.k.harris@nasa.gov – 757-864-3824


NASA Wallops Flight Facility Summer VSGC 2017 STEM Takes Flight Project Opportunity

Opportunity WFF1: Environmental Technician

Description: Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) is looking for a student to conduct photographic surveys of its installations on Wallops Island, which will enable facility planners to assess potential damages associated with storm surges and other severe weather events. Data will be fed into WFF’s Coastal Resilience Modeling Tool. Student will also bar code chemicals for inclusion into the WFF Hazardous Materials Management System. Finally, the student will assist WFF environmental professionals in field surveys of marsh vegetation and endangered species.
Preferred Majors: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Earth Science
Skills: Excel, PowerPoint, will teach other skillsets that student needs
Hands-on/Computer Based/Both: Both
Individual or Team: Individual
Technician/Research: Technician
POC: Joel Mitchell – 757-824-1127; joel.t.mitchell@nasa.gov


Opportunity WFF2: Water Quality Project – Assessing the Rain Flow Impact to Federally Owned Treatment Works

Description: Wallops Flight Facility is looking for students to monitor rain samples for pH (acidity) and assess acid rain impacts to flows to Federally Owned Treatment Works and from WFF outfalls. Sampling is to be conducted no more than once weekly as weather allows.
The student will establish monitoring sites along Little Mosquito Creek (and its main tributary), and along Assawoman Creek to collect weekly samples to replicate/authenticate studies for Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for dissolved oxygen (D.O.), BOD5, coliform bacteria (and E. coli), nitrogen and phosphorous. Additionally, analyze for pH and salinity weekly. Assess whether rainfall impacts results over the several week long sampling period.
Finally, the student will work with other students and environmental professionals to conduct other tasks unique to the WFF environmental program.
Preferred Majors: Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering
Skills: Analytical abilities, sound laboratory techniques, interest in science, advanced writing, spreadsheet techniques, intellectual curiosity
Hands-on/Computer Based/Both: Mostly Hands-on
Individual or Team: Individual
Technician/Research: Research
POC: R. Owen Hooks – 757-824-1941; richard.o.hooks@nasa.gov


Opportunity WFF3: Precipitation Instrumentation Project

Description: Wallops Flight Facility is looking for a student to perform field work supporting surface precipitation instruments located on and around the Wallops main base. Duties will include data download and instrument maintenance of several sites that contain a combination of tipping bucket rain gauges (for measuring rain rates and accumulations) and disdrometers (for measuring the size, shape and number of rain drops). Once the data is collected, the student will work with other technicians and civil servants to perform data quality control and some analyses. These data provide crucial surface-based precipitation observations that are used to validate local NASA radar rainfall estimates and Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) satellite retrievals. The field work will expose the student to summer conditions common to the Delmarva Peninsula; i.e. hazy, hot and humid.
Preferred Majors: Science, math, physics, meteorology, computer science
Skills: Programming (not required but a plus): Languages include Python, IDL, FORTRAN, C Basic computer skills such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint
Hands-on/Computer Based/Both: Both
Individual or Team: Individual
Technician/Research: Both
POC: David Wolff – 757-824-1515; david.b.wolff@nasa.gov