AE Research Opportunities for Undergrad Students

Prof. Theodorou speaking to a group of 6 grad students

Summer 2022 and Fall 2022 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 signed and completed Undergraduate Research Permit. Find out more about undergraduate research here.


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


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: Fall 2022​ and 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: Uncertainty Quantification and System Testing of Aviation Environmental Design Tool
Can this work be performed remotely or online, if needed? Yes
Project Manager: Ameya Behere
Action: Email your resume and interest to Ameya Behere (abehere6@gatech.edu)
Office: Weber 302
Semesters: Summer 2022​ and Fall 2022
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: Sustainability is an ever-growing concern in commercial aviation. The Federal Aviation Administration's Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT) is the official tool used in the US for actions related to aircraft fuel burn, emissions, and noise. This tool is being continuously developed and Georgia Tech supports this effort by providing system testing and uncertainty quantification capabilities. Students will work with a team of researchers and graduate students to work on various testing tasks. This is a great opportunity to gain skills in software testing and exposure to AEDT. An interest in aviation sustainability and good technical communication skills are required. Knowledge of MATLAB/Python for basic data processing and visualizations is a plus.


Project: ASDL GT Smart Campus – Data Analytics
Can this work be performed remotely or online, if needed? No, need to meet in person with the existing team
Project Manager: Dr. Jung-Ho Lewe
Action: Email your resume and interest to Dr. Jung-Ho Lewe (j.lewe@gatech.edu) and cc: Dr. Scott Duncan (duncan@gatech.edu)
Office: Weber 100
Semesters: Summer 2022
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
Details: ASDL’s GT Smart Campus team of research faculty and students collaborates with GT Facilities engineers to evaluate data from campus buildings, central plants, and other infrastructure, including the ultra-sustainable Kendeda Living Building. Students joining this team will help out with data processing, analytics, and machine learning to better understand and inform the performance of campus energy (and water) systems. Existing skills with Python are a plus.


Project: ASDL GT Smart Campus – Sensor (IoT) development and deployment
Can this work be performed remotely or online, if needed? No, need to meet in person with the existing team.
Project Manager: Dr. Scott Duncan & Dr. Jung-Ho Lewe
Action: Email your resume and interest to Dr. Scott Duncan (duncan@gatech.edu) and cc: Dr. Jung-Ho Lewe (j.lewe@gatech.edu)
Office: Weber 306A
Semesters: Summer 2022
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 sub-team that has been developing low-cost, wireless sensors to measure various properties relating to campus buildings: indoor thermal conditions, airflow, occupancy, exterior conditions, imaging sensors, etc. A variety of sensors already exist and can be modified, upgraded, or re-engineered to improve performance, as well as tested in various campus spaces. This team needs “hands-on” students interested in mechanical design (e.g., packaging via 3D printing), sensor software design (using Raspberry Pi-based consumer-grade IoT computing devices that transmit data home over GTwifi), database design, or any combination thereof. No experience is necessary but a natural inclination towards tinkering, hacking, and making is a must!


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: Summer 2022
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: 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).​
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)