2019 Summer/Fall Research Opportunities

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Undergraduates: Don't Overlook Research for Credit.

Have you considered undergraduate research for credit? Below are a few of the opportunities we know about now. We'll be updating it as we get additional opportunities. If you really want to work with a professor on a project, go ahead and ask him/her there's room for another hard-working, persistent, ambitious researcher in the lab. Then, be that hard-working, persistent, and ambitious researcher.

NEW PROJECTS ADDED APRIL 19:

Project:  CAD Design of Small UAVs
Project Manager:  Cedric Justin
Action:  Send resume to Cedric Justin at cedric.justin@gatech.edu
Semesters:  Summer 2019
Number of Students Needed (summer):
Requirements: Student required to meet advisor prior to enrolling
Details: Over the course of this research, the student will exercise his/her computer aided design skills to create new small unmanned aerial vehicles that can be manufactured using additive manufacturing techniques. The goal is to test fly the small UAV and perform various experiments to verify and validate performance predictions. Prior experience in Solidworks is a requirement.


Project: Computational Modeling and Simulations for Computational Combustion Laboratory
Project Manager: Prof. Suresh Menon
Action: Send your CV to Suresh Menon at suresh.menon@ae.gatech.edu
Semesters: Ongoing
Number of Students Needed (summer): TBD
Number of Students Needed (fall): TBD
Citizenship Requirement: No
GPA Requirement: Above 3.0
Details: Must be full-time student status. Students will need to be able to commit to two semesters, 6-10 hours a week, since the projects are long-term. Sophomore or junior-level are ideal. Experience and/or familiarity with Linux systems, programming experience in Python and familiarity with C/C++/Fortran, experience and/or familiarity with CAD software (specify), some familiarity and/or courses (not strict requirement) in fluid dynamics, rocket/jet propulsion, programming (MatLab) and thermodynamics/compressible flows.


Project: System Admin and Web Management for Computational Combustion Laboratory
Project Manager: Prof. Suresh Menon
Action: Send your CV to Suresh Menon at suresh.menon@ae.gatech.edu
Semesters: Ongoing
Number of Students Needed: 2
Citizenship Requirement: No
Details: Demonstrable experience in developing and implementing web hosting using DRUPAL (for website management) and video processing. Extensive experience working with Linux (Ubuntu/RedHat) OS, NFS and other system admin work (adding users, documentation, backups, mounting disks, etc.). Experience and/or understanding of Trac and Git version control. Programming skills and an ability to learn new system support strategy expected. Hardware support for workstations – reinstallation, upgrading & updating software, etc.Experience working with parallel systems, mounting drives across network, understanding requirements for MPI/OpenMP/threads will be useful for some applications. Availability will be considered on a need basis but there will be a fixed number of hours (not to exceed 20 hours/week) will be required.


Project: Laser Diagnostics for Aerospace Combustion
Project Manager: Prof. Adam Steinberg and Sam Grauer
Action: Send your CV to Sam Grauer at sgrauer3@gatech.edu
Semesters: Summer & Fall 2019
Number of Students Needed (summer): 1-2
Number of Students Needed (fall): 1-2
Citizenship Requirement: none
Details: The student will assist graduate researchers in the setup and use of laser-based techniques for measuring fluid dynamics and combustion in various propulsion-related experiments. Appropriate safety training is required and will be provided.


Project: Gas Turbine Engine Component Database Development
Project Manager: Andrew Yatsko
Action: Send your CV and area of interest to ayatsko3@gatech.edu
Office:
Weber 109
Semester: Fall 2019
Number of Students Needed: (fall): 1-2
Citizenship Requirement: none
Details: Over the course of this research, we will identify which gas turbine engine components (compressor and turbine) are available in literature, generate data sets of the airfoils, model the components based on available data, generate component Meanline, streamline, and/or CFD as available. This project is mostly about retrieving data and interpreting data, then learning 1-D/2-D tool sets, and the basics of how CFD is applied to turbomachinery (stationary and rotating).


Project: Aerospace Propulsion Outreach Program
Project Manager: Jon Gladin / Andrew Yatsko
Action: Send your CV and area of interest to Andrew Yatsko
Office:Weber 109
Semester: Fall 2019
Number of Students Needed (summer): 0
Number of Students Needed (fall): 7-10
Citizenship Requirement
: None
Details: This is an undergraduate research topic where students will learn the inner workings of gas turbine engines, the Brayton cycle, hands on manufacturing and testing of a small gas turbine engine. Gas turbine engine performance characteristics. Component and cycle analysis of jet engines and turbomachinery. Thermodynamic cycles. The mechanics and thermodynamics of combustion. Turbine engine performance characteristics. Component and cycle analysis of jet engines and turbomachinery. Students on this project should plan to participate in the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 Semesters. Students will need to be available to travel to WPAFB in Dayton, OH in the middle of May 2020, departing from Georgia Tech Campus.


Project:  Investigation of STOL Aircraft Usability for Urban Air Mobility Missions
Project Manager: Cedric Justin
Action: Send your CV and area of interest to Cedric Justin
Office:Weber 113B
Semester: Summer 2019
Number of Students Needed (summer):2
Citizenship Requirement
: US only
Details: Over the course of this research, we will investigate how short take off and landing vehicle can be used to perform urban air mobility missions. Python programming skills essential. Work will include: 1) review of land-use data to identify possible airpark locations 2) review of studies about passenger comfort to identify limits in terms of climb and descent rates 3) Creation of a dashboard to visualize position of suitable airpark location


Project: Identification of Disruptors of Short Haul Market Segment
Project Manager: Cedric Justin
Action: Send your CV and area of interest to Cedric Justin
Office: Weber 113B
Semester: Summer 2019
Number of Students Needed (summer):1
Citizenship Requirement
: U.S. only
Details: Over the course of this project, we will identify what new technology, new regulation, or new concepts of operations can impact the short haul aviation market segment. This project is mostly about retrieving data from online websites and databases and analyzing and interpreting this data. Motivated and autonomous student. Interest in aviation


Project:Investigation of Airline Ticket Pricing
Project Manager: Cedric Justin
Action:
Send your CV and area of interest to Cedric Justin
Office: Weber 113B
Semester: Summer & Fall  2019
Number of Students Needed (summer): 1
Number of Students Needed (fall):1
Citizenship Requirement
: none
Details:Over the course of this project, we will develop a coding environment to browse, and scrap online travel agency and airline websites to create a database of ticket prices for many origin and destination city pairs. Most of the work will revolve around coding the web scrapper and analyzing results. Programming skills essential. Interested in researching the web for information.


Project: Drone HILS Development
Project Manager: Youngjun Choi
Action: Send your CV and area of interest to Youngjun Choi
Office:Weber 112B
Semester: Summer 2019 & Fall 2019
Number of Students Needed (summer): 2
Number of Students Needed (fall):2
Citizenship Requirement
: none
Details: The objective of this project is to develop an approach to develop drone hardware platforms and create simulation environment for diverse drone applications such as aerial imaging, and drone racing. The main tasks include the localization of one drone and multiple drones, and visualization using ROS (Robot Operating System). ASDL has the localization equipment/software and the goal will be for the student to take the lead in setting up this environment. Once established, this capability will enable many research avenues like “hardware in the loop” simulations and experiments. Coding skills essential. Demonstrated prior coding experience in any language required. Prior experience in retrieving data from the web preferred.


Project: GT Smart Campus – Data Analytics to Improve Campus Operations
Project Manager: John Lewe
Action: Send your CV and area of interest to John Lewe
Office:Weber 100
Semester: Summer & Fall 2019
Citizenship Requirement:
Number of Students Needed (summer): 1-2
Number of Students Needed (fall): 1-2
Citizenship Requirement
: none
Details: Detect abnormal cases of energy usage of 100’s buildings on the Georgia Tech campus by classifying daily building energy consumption. Implementation and testing of several machine learning models for pattern recognition tasks. Assist an ASDL team who is “embedded” with a group of Georgia Tech Facilities Management (GTFM) engineers, i.e., the professionals who keep campus running. The student will: (A). Help the team develop new data analysis capabilities in GTFM’s platform for gathering and analyzing data and informing campus operators on how to make campus utility (heating, cooling, electricity, water) systems even more efficient, effective, and sustainable. The student will learn and implement data analytics: advanced/smart databases, algorithms and applications for thermal energy plant automation, building monitoring and reporting, etc; and (B)
Help the team develop a web-based campus building energy usage monitoring/visualizing portal and underlying software services.


Project: GT Smart Campus – Merging Campus Data with 3D Visualization
Project Manager: Scott Duncan
Action:
Send your CV and area of interest to Scott Duncan
Office: Weber 306A
Semester: Summer & Fall 2019
Number of Students Needed (summer): 1
Number of Students Needed (fall):1
Citizenship Requirement
:None
Details: Work with Smart Campus team members to learn the latest tools for visualization of "built environment" systems (i.e., GT buildings, infrastructure, campus layout, etc,) and how to overlay them with various types of data sets regarding their use by humans and the loads and performance of energy and water systems.


Project: Gas Turbine Modeling For Hybrid Propulsion Systems
Project Manager: Jon Gladin
Action: Send your CV and area of interest to Jon Gladin
Office:Weber 312
Semester: Fall
Number of Students Needed (summer): 1
Number of Students Needed (fall):1
Citizenship Requirement
: None
Details: Modeling of Gas Turbine Engines for Hybrid Propulsion Application.


Project: Formulation of Physics-Based MDO Environment
Project Manager: Jason Corman
Action: Send your CV and area of interest to Jason Corman
Office:Weber 315
Semester: Summer & Fall 2019
Number of Students Needed (summer):4
Number of Students Needed (fall): 4

Details: Students will be developing a design, data analysis, and visualization environment for advanced aircraft concepts. Proficiency in Python 3.5 and later is required.


Project: Modeling Approaches for Sustainable and Resilient Space Habitat Operations
Project Manager: Michael Balchanos
Action: Send your CV and area of interest to Michael Balchanos
Office: Weber 105
Semester: Summer & Fall 2019
Number of Students Needed (summer): SUMMER POSITIONS HAVE BEEN FILLED
Number of Students Needed (fall): 2-3

Details: The project is looking into long-term spaceflight operations, mostly focusing on lunar habitat operations for hosting crews for extended stay periods. The key technical challenge is how to identify, address and mitigate threats on space habitat operations, due to a number of factors, e.g. resource limitations on Advanced Life Support (ALS) Systems, protection from radiation, or inherent SoS complexities. Current team efforts rely on MBSE-enabled modeling approaches that seek to model habitat-level operations, for supporting the selection of effective, modular architectures that are sustainable and resilient to the above threats/limitations. Also, a big part of this research is to explore enablers, such as autonomous technologies, real-time prognostics/diagnostics and health monitoring through advanced sensing, data analytics and machine learning methods. 


Project:Digital Twin of Robotic Naval Assets
Project Manager: Michael Balchanos
Action: Send your CV and area of interest to Michael Balchanos
Office: Weber 105
Semester: Fall 2019
Number of Students Needed (summer): 0
Number of Students Needed (fall): 2-3

Details: ONR has been investing towards autonomous vehicle and capability demonstrators over the years, with some of these platforms having been developed in-house as competition entries. ASDL is in a unique position of maintaining and operating this equipment as research testbeds, where new concepts of autonomy, SoS-level collaboration, synthesis and integration are being explored. This research seeks to build off this inventory and aims towards the development of a Digital Twin platform that combines all assets along with research and insights that past teams have produced through physical experimentation. In particular, this research is leveraging data from the Navy’s Wave Adaptive Modular Vessel (WAM-V). Goal is to capture and demonstrate the progression of design from SoS to low-level hardware enablers and explore methods to support decisions on component selection through utilization of digital twins.