AE Research Opportunities for Undergrad Students

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Spring 2023 AE Research for Pay or Credit

Most of the following listings are for credit, requiring the student to both gain the faculty's approval and register for credit. Students who have questions about this should contact the project manager directly. Research opportunities will be added as they are made available. Check back for updates. 


STUDENTS: To get credit for any of the following research projects, you will need to submit a Undergraduate Research Permitand have it approved by your advisor. Find out more about undergraduate research here.


FACULTY: Email AE Communications to add or update your research listing(s). 


Project: Design, build, and test a magnetic field mapper
Can this work be performed remotely or online, if needed? Yes, but in-person meetings are preferred
Project Manager: Dr. Álvaro Romero-Calvo
Action: Email your resume and interest to Dr. Álvaro Romero Calvo (lowgravitylab.ae.gatech.edu)
Office: ESM 203A
Semesters: Spring 2023, Fall 2023
Time Commitment: About 5-10 hrs per week (flexible). Scales to the number of credit hours registered for undergraduate research.
Number of Students Needed: 3-4
Citizenship Requirement: No
Majors: AE and ECE
Details: Magnetic field mapping systems create a high-resolution map of the magnetic field around an electromagnet or permanent magnet. The Low-Gravity Science and Technology Laboratory is looking for students with a strong interest in hardware development, electronics, CAD design, manufacturing, and electromagnetic simulation to design, build, and test one of such devices. This instrument will be used to characterize the magnetic field around the permanent magnets used in the low-gravity magnetohydrodynamic projects pursued by the lab. It will also be employed to test magnetorquers and other electromagnetic spacecraft attitude control systems. We aim to produce a low-cost, open-source device that helps support academic research with a fraction of the cost imposed by commercial alternatives. The mapper should be operative by the end of 2023.


Project: Solar Energy Generation at Airports - ASDL
Can this work be performed remotely or online, if needed? Yes
Project Manager: Dr. Cedric Justin
Action: Email your resume to cedric.justin@gatech.edu using email subject:
 ASDL Solar Energy Generation at Airport - last name, first name.
In the text,  include citizenship info, gpa, expected graduation date & level (1st year, 2nd year, etc.)
Office: Weber 113A
Semesters: at least one, could be two
Time Commitment: 8 hrs /week ~ 2 Credit hours
Number of Students Needed:  1-2 Self-Driven Motivated Students
Citizenship Requirement: None
GPA Requirement: 3.5+ preferred; 3.2 minimum
Details: Airports are sitting on vast amounts of land that are not put to productive use. As part of this research, we will be reviewing how these large amounts of lands can be put to productive use by sitting solar arrays for in-situ production of electric energy to power future electric aircraft. We will investigate regulations regarding the sitting of solar arrays at airports near runways and taxiways. We will then use and possibly modify an existing environment to estimate the quantity of solar arrays that can be placed as well as the amount of power and energy that can be produced.  Interactions with the industry and presentation of results may occur during the Semester.
Requirements for the positions: Python Experience & some Autocad Experience
Sample projects & external collaborators: Possibly with NASA / NREL
Additional information:  None


Project: ASDL GT Smart Campus – Merging Campus Data with 3D Visualization
Can this work be performed remotely or online, if needed? Yes, although a few periodic in-person / onsite meeting may be required.
Project Manager: Dr. Scott Duncan
Action: Email your resume and interest to Dr. Scott Duncan (duncan@gatech.edu)
Office: Weber 306A
Semesters: Spring 2023
Time Commitment: About 5-10 hrs per week (flexible). Scales to the number of credit hours registered for undergraduate research.
Number of Students Needed: 1-2
Citizenship Requirement: No
Details: ASDL’s GT Smart Campus group has a need to better understand campus data by overlaying it into 2D and 3D representations of various indoor (building) and outdoor (campus) spaces. Students are needed who are willing to dive into existing software packages (e.g., BIM, CAD, GIS) and apply them to address the broader needs of Smart Campus, e.g., evaluating the performance of campus infrastructure in terms of energy consumption, thermal comfort, occupancy, carbon neutrality, etc. The ASDL team already has existing CAD/BIM models to start from, including ones created by GT Facilities. This research role is ideal for students broadly interested in CAD, industrial design, visualization, aesthetics, etc., and is not limited to AE applicants. GT’s Kendeda Living Building will be one focus of study. Previous experience in software (Autodesk Revit, Sketchup, etc.) is preferred. Selected students will collaborate with students working on Data Analytics and Sensor Development (see other job descriptions), and hybrid roles may be considered.


Project: Development of Rocket Propellant Sloshing Analysis Framework
Can this work be performed remotely or online, if needed? Yes, but in-person meetings are preferred
Project Manager: Dr. Álvaro Romero-Calvo
Action: Email your resume and interest to Dr. Álvaro Romero Calvo (lowgravitylab.ae.gatech.edu)
Office: ESM 203A
Semesters: Spring 2023, Fall 2023
Time Commitment: About 5-10 hrs per week (flexible). Scales to the number of credit hours registered for undergraduate research.
Number of Students Needed: 6-8
Citizenship Requirement: No
Majors: AE-only
Details: The term “sloshing” refers to the movement of liquids in partially filled containers. Sloshing is key for space applications because it can significantly alter the dynamics of space vehicles, potentially leading to mission failure if not properly accounted for. The Low-Gravity Science and Technology Laboratory is looking for students with a strong interest in rocket propulsion to develop an analytical open-access framework to study the sloshing of propellants in launch stages. Our goal is twofold: first, to recover, synthesize, and update the knowledge acquired in the field since the 1960s, and secondly, to make it accessible to everyone. Students will develop a graphical user interface in Python (preferred) or Matlab that will implement analytical tools and experimental correlations used to obtain the modal response of liquid interfaces. If needed, participants will also have the chance to experimentally obtain sloshing damping correlations for different tank shapes and propellant management devices. More info on the research and methods can be found at NASA’s SP-106 and F.T. Dodge’s “The New Dynamic Behavior of Liquids in Moving Containers” (available upon request).


Project:  Computational Fluid Dynamics Simulations of Internal and External Flows (1 credit hour)
Can this work be performed remotely or online, if needed? Yes
Project Manager: Dr. Lakshmi Sankar
Action: Email your resume and interest to Dr. Lakshmi Sankar (lakshmi.sankar@aerospace.gatech.edu)
Office: Guggenheim 449
Semesters:
Spring 2023
Time Commitment: About 3-5 hrs per week.
Number of Students Needed: 3-5
Citizenship Requirement: No
Majors: AE-only.
Details: Students will learn how to use ANSYS CFD software tools to model internal and external flows. They will acquire training in grid generation, setting up and monitoring computer simulations, post-processing and visualization of flow fields, and report writing.


Project: Aerospace Propulsion Outreach Program
Can this work be performed remotely or online, if needed? No
Project Manager: Joshua Brooks
Action: Email your resume and interest to Joshua Brooks (joshua.brooks@gatech.edu)
Office: Weber 109
Semesters: Spring 2023
Time Commitment: About 5-10 hrs per week. Scales to the number of credit hours registered for undergraduate research.
Number of Students Needed: 7
Citizenship Requirement: No
Details: The US Air Force’s Aerospace Propulsion Outreach Program (APOP) is a directorate science, technology, engineering, and math initiative that funds year-long undergraduate engineering research programs across the country that focus on gas turbine engine projects. This work will require students to computationally analyze and experimentally evaluate gas turbine engine performance before designing, manufacturing, and testing hardware improvements. 


Project: System Modeling Using SysML - ASDL
Can this work be performed remotely or online, if needed? Yes
Project Manager: Dr. Selcuk Cimtalay & Dr. Russell Peak
Action: Follow instructions on slide #10 in the “Model-Based Systems Engineering Information (pdf)” presentation (see “Additional information” below).‚Äč
Office: Weber 104
Semesters: at least one, could be several
Time Commitment: 4 hrs/week
Number of Students Needed:  1-15
Citizenship Requirement: varies
GPA Requirement: 3.5+ preferred; 3.2 minimum
Details: Multiple potential position types (depending on interests). Most, but not all, of our Systems Modeling Language (SysML) projects require US Persons, either US citizens or permanent residents
Requirements for the positions: A key requirement is an interest in SysML (no prior SysML experience required) and a willingness to learn and explore
Sample projects & external collaborators: Lockheed MBSE - CubeSat testbed – NASA MBSE Pathfinder initiative – US Navy (NAVAIR) Model-Centric Engineering (MCE) – UAV testbed – NASA JPL: model-based systems engineering (MBSE); model-based wikis; embedded s/w – Boeing: MBSE model complexity & health management.
Additional informationModel-Based Systems Engineering Information (pdf)