NASA's Exploration Systems Missions Directorate (ESMD) PROGRAMS_ARCHIVE OF AWARDEES BY YEAR
The Vermont Space Grant Consortium (VSGC), based in UVM's College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS), has received funding from the Higher Education Office of NASA's Exploration Systems Missions Directorate (ESMD) to enhance three targeted components of Vermont's engineering education programs. Click to see ESMD Programs
URECA Student Researchers
2009 - 2010
Undergraduate Student Research Program
NASA Student Internship
2008-2009 ESMD Internship awards for VSGC
Macro and Mini Schlieren Imaging
A UVM SEED Project
2008 ESMD Internship awards
SAWDRIP RPI Award
Student Design Project and
Student Team Competitions
On Monday, April 21,
2008. Team members: Mark, Mike and Ken and
Laurel Zeno participated in NASA's
VT INTERNSHIPS ARCHIVE OF RECIPIENTS
The 2007 ESMD Intern Recipients are:
Shelly Tkach at Goddard NASA Academy Goddard
working with Dr. Antonio Mannino
* A Vermonter attending North Carolina State University in Raleigh
Focus: Ocean Sciences
"Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Lab"
Greggory Carpenter at NASA Ames Research Center
Summer : 10 week program
working with Terry Fong
Focus: Intelligent Robotics
"Human Interface Device(HID) Joystick Control for the K-10 Rover"
Justin McCabe at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
working with Susan Breon
"Cryopropulsion, Structures & Loads for the Constellation Program, & Reconfigurable Small Spacecraft"
* Justin is the only intern offered additional funding from the research contractor.
from St. Michaels College
has received a research internship from ESMD at Ames Research Center
working with Terry Fong
Arm Lab, Intelligent Robotics Group. Lunartics
Construction of an Avionics Box for a Non-Prehensile Robot
Student Research Award
Katelyn Billings, SMC "Solvatochromism and Photo-Induced Intramolecular Electron Transfer" ppt
"Solvatochromism and Photo-Induced Intramolecular Electron Transfer" poster
2005 Student Internship
Congratulations to Erin
Burke who was selected to attend
an internship program at NASA Langley in Hampton, Virginia
URECA AWARD RECIPIENTS
PHIL BOURN - is attending the University of Vermont as a fourth year student. His project centers on Mobile Robotic Survelliance and Sensing so as to enable sensing in areas that are too dangerous or awkward to place humans. The practical uses of these robotic systems are not just military based. By scanning walls, ceilings and floor robots can help determine the structural integrity and possibly locate trapped victims; robots could be deployed in burning structures to search for people in cases where it is too dangerous to send in firefighters; ductwork, crawl spaces, and caves can be inspected and searched easily with small robotic systems. Phil's goal is to analyze the parameters of a small selection of mobile robotic surveillance systems: mobility issues such as controllability, load capacity, range efficiency, stability, and measurability of three types of ground mobile vehicles. These three types are: wheeled vehicles, tracked vehicles and walking/crawling vehicles. Phil is majoring in mechanical engineering and has been involved in several projects including composite drive shaft analysis.
BENJI CAPSUTO - Graduated from UVM in electrical engineering in May 2004. His project centers on Wireless Sensor Network Protocols. Many areas of study require collection of field data and often it is not practical to have individuals at each location requiring monitoring. For example, temperature, light and humidity readings in a corn field would require a researcher to walk around the corn field with instrumentation to gather the data. Not only would the data be inconvenient to collect but also be temporally sparse. Using wireless sensor network (WSN), however, could quickly and inexpensively send the data using a radio transmitter. Furthermore the network could be designed to collect data on a continuous basis and send the results to the researcher via the internet. The University of California at Berkeley (UCB) has developed small wireless sensors called Motes. They are capable of collecting data across distances of hundreds of meters, and are able to "hop" the data between each wireless sensor back
to a base station. Benji's research has explored various routing protocols for WSN, using the Motes as a test platform. Most proposed protocols have only been tested in simulation. Benji's research will implement the protocols in hardware. Benji has designed and built several websites including the site for the Mini-Baja team.
is attending the University of Vermont as a third year student. His project centers on the Effects of Damaging Compression on Mechanical, Chemical and Structural Properties of Intervertebral Disc Tissue. A most common cause of disability, low back pain affects up to 70% of all human beings at some point in their lives, resulting in an estimated yearly cost of 50 billion dollars in the U.S. (Not including earning and productivity losses) . The integrity of the intervertebral disc affects spinal function. Mechanical loading of the Intervertebral disc may be directly responsible for alterations in the structure and intervertebral disc properties or may stimulate biological remodeling of the matrix. David's study seeks to investigate and provide a quantitative relationship between mechanical loading and the resulting structural and biochemical changes. David has won several scholarships and was awarded the Tau Beta Phi Freshman award.