Want to know more about what happens behind the scenes of aerospace? Check out these projects that students are doing in order to help solve more mysteries of space!
BioServe Space Technologies with Jasmin
Jasmin is a junior studying Aerospace Engineering Sciences at University of Colorado Boulder. She currently works for BioServe Space Technologies, which is a company that designs and builds life science experiments that are administered by astronauts living on the International Space Station (ISS). In her role as a Research Assistant, she helps prepare these experiments before they fly to the ISS, and she participates in payload operations, where she monitors the astronauts working on experiments in real-time.
Building Different Tools of a Rocket with Daniel
Among the great forces for harm in this world are the good intentions of the uninformed. Hello, my name is Daniel Hoven and I am currently a senior mechanical engineering student preparing for graduate studies in applied mathematics and physics. My undergraduate focus has been largely the conjunction of propulsion technology with guidance, navigation, and control software, because the mathematics in this field is key to solving many macro-problems from weather and climate models to disease control and neuroscience. The research project featured here was intended to bring a taste of real world rocket science to my fellow engineering students, and my goal initially was to launch a sounding rocket to 350,000 ft, the edge of space. In the process of learning how to do this and building hardware, it was discovered in research that the largest issue was with the computational inadequacy of modern tools to accurately predict the combustion environment in new rocket motor designs. After a year of investigation and budget cuts, I transitioned from the world of hardware to software, to pursue the fundamental mathematical advancements required to bring about these better models. As of now I am working on the applications of machine learning (Artificial intelligence) solutions to the general problem of reducing the complexity of numerical calculations to the levels that can be realistically tackled, and I plan to carry this work into graduate study. For the aspiring stem student, I would say this. If you want to truly change the world for the better, you must first be an expert in the world as it is, to fully understand the implications of different ideas. Having this understanding will then give you the freedom and platform to think and speak as thought leader, and not just a parrot of uninformed ideals.
Shock Waves and Sonic Booms with Thomas and Rebecca
Rebecca Zulch is a sophomore studying Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University. She just finished an internship through the Colorado Space Grant Consortium which is funded by NASA during the summer of 2020 under Dr. Yalin. The final product of the internship was a computational fluid dynamics analysis of rocket and plane parts along with this website! She also had a research position in the CFD and Propulsion Laboratory under Dr. Gao. Her true passion is aerospace and she hopes to work in the aerospace field building rockets or training to be an astronaut.