The Aerospace Department just wrapped up another annual Industry Advisory Board meeting. We are honored to have the following distinguished individuals on the board this year: Rani Azzi (FAA), Adam Cunningham (GE), Luis DaSilva (Gulfstream), Glenn Gebert (Lockheed), Eric Horton (Lockheed), Michael Hicks (Lockheed), Peter Lorber (Sikorsky), Rajaram Rajesh (Siemens), Ross Cooper (Piper Aircraft), Mike Simmons (Boeing), Karen Thompson (NASA, KSC), Michael Winter (Pratt & Whitney). The two-day event was a great opportunity to show to the Board our current activities and discuss strategies for improvements.
We are happy to announce that Dr. Henderson joins Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach Campus as an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering. He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University. His undergraduate degree is from Baylor University in Physics. Professor Henderson’s primary duties at the University will be in the area of spacecraft dynamics and control. His primary interests are in orbital mechanics and optical orbit determination. He currently has research contracts with the US Air Force, NASA, NSF, and small businesses. His research on these contracts includes optical methods of orbit determination, attitude control of a CubeSat, optical navigation methods, and constellation design for asteroid observation. Professor Henderson has a wealth of academic and industry experience. He worked as faculty or research staff at both Virginia Tech and Texas A&M Universities, teaching and performing original research. He worked for three years at StarVision Technologies where he led the development of a high frame rate star tracker and optical landing system. Dr. Henderson spent a year at the University of Glasgow, teaching and researching asteroid mitigation techniques. He has developed hardware and/or software that have flown on at least 8 space missions. He looks forward to advising both undergraduate and graduate students on space-related projects where students get practical experience. In the fall, Professor Henderson will teach Orbital Mechanics.
The news release is showcasing the development of the electric propulsion systems for aircraft. The collaboration between Powering Imagination (a project by Erik Lindberg) and the ERAU’s Eagle Flight Research Center will focus on converting a Diamond HK36 motorglider to electric power. To read more please follow the link: http://www.avweb.com/avwebflash/news/ERAU-Expands-Electric-Flight-Research221896-1.html
On April 16th five Aerospace Engineering students were honored for their accomplishments. AE Undergraduate Student Awards Aeronautics: Kolawole Ogunsina – 2014 AE Undergraduate Outstanding Student of the Year Aeronautics: Alaksh Parmar – 2014 AE Undergraduate Academic Achievement (showing continuous academic improvement) Aeronautics: Justin Gerber – 2014 AE Undergraduate Outstanding Professional Development (involvement as President of Tau Beta Pi) Propulsion: Josh White – 2014 AE Undergraduate Outstanding Service (President of AIAA) AE Graduate Student Award Aerodynamics & Propulsion: Madhur Tiwari – 2014 AE Graduate Academic Achievement Award (continuous 4.0)
On April 16th the students and faculty alike were given an opportunity to get up close and personal with the newest addition to the top-of-the-line ERAU lab equipment - Scanning Electron Microscope. The machine will be used to enhance both research and teaching. The purchase was made possible by the National Science Foundation award grant presented to Drs. Rollin, Mathis and Sypeck in September of 2013. The visitors were encouraged to bring their own samples, and experiment with the SEM.
On April 12th Drs. Anderson, Prazenica, Rollin and Udrea of Aerospace Engineering department, Dr. Verleger of Engineering Fundamentals department, and over a dozen of undergraduate and graduate students showed up at Deland Municipal to take part in the plane wash. Some brought their family and kids as well. The event involved lots of splashing in the water, the day was wonderfully warm and sunny, and the volunteers got a free airplane ride courtesy of the Anderson family. The event yielded $300 in proceeds and was full of good clean (literary) fun and laughter.
More news from the Eagle Flight Research Center: EFRC is currently testing their new UAV altitude and position hold functionality at the Indian River R/C Club. The UAV is designed as an open platform that can be used to test different flight and navigational controller. The UAV can fly for more than 18 minutes on the current configuration, but flight time will vary depending on the payload and wind condition. This very same UAV was demonstrated to Drs. John Johnson and Richard Heist on April 14th, 2014 at the front lawn of the Henderson Building. EFRC would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Richard Heist for the funding of this work.
From April 1st to 6th, one of the biggest aviation events in the country was taking place in Lakeland, FL – the Sun N Fun Fly-in and Air Expo. Sun N Fun is an annual event that gathers pilots, manufacturers, enthusiasts, and students and educators alike. A lot of pilots come with their family members or friends, and most of those non-pilot partners fly regularly from the right seat while worrying about what would happen if their pilot should suddenly become incapacitated. As a pilot and a member of the 99s (International Organization of Women Pilots), Dr. Virginie Rollin developed a seminar along with Spaceport chapter chair Dr. Donna Wilt (affiliated with FIT). This seminar, titled "Sidekick: Right seat flying for the non-pilot", is meant to educate the non-pilot on how airplanes work and the basics on how to control it. Although no flying was required, the sidekicks learned how to tune a radio, what to look for in normal operations in order to recognize an emergency, how to act in case of that emergency, and most importantly, they learned what to ask their pilots. A total of 63 attendees enjoyed the talk, which was presented 3 times over the weekend.
On April 2nd, the Nanotechnology Research Group (NRG) gathered for their first experiment using the Chemical Vapor Deposition setup that was recently completed. A Molybdenum catalyst was used on a Silicon wafer, and a mix of Argon and Ethylene gases were flowing through the tube. After 30 minutes, the group stopped the furnace and took the samples to the SEM lab for visualization. They were able to find several multi-wall carbon nanotubes. The next goal will be to demonstrate that graphene can be produced, and to refine the experiments to have a better control over the growth. NRG wants to thank internal and Ignite funding on this project, and is also thankful for being granted a second year of funding through Ignite. http://www.erau.edu/research/ignite.html http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1337742&HistoricalAwards=false
On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, the Aerospace Engineering Department participated in the 24th annual Women in Aviation Day. Over 400 sixth-grade girls from Volusia and Flagler counties visited the ICI Center to participate in aviation related activities. We were very lucky to have a current NASA Astronaut, Nicole Stott, at our booth interacting with the girls. Nicole is also a member of the Board of Trustees and the Industry Advisory Board. Our project involved putting together small balsa wood airplanes,balancing them, and then testing them. At the booth, there were paper clips and putty to add to the planes to visualize what happens when the weight is improperly distributed. The girls had a great time adding weight to the wingtips and watching their airplanes roll left and right. Some even showed enough interest to alter the empennage and see what happened. At a University that is nearly 80% male, events like this one are essential to diversifying and improving the aerospace field. With the help of Nicole Stott, we hope we have shown these girls that they can have promising futures in aviation and science. If you would like to read more, please click below on the News Journal Article link: http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20140401/NEWS/140409973/0/search