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Aerospace Engineering Research Opportunities for Undergraduates (AERO-U)

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Academic Level:
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Undergraduates - First Year
Undergraduates - Sophomore
Undergraduates - Junior
Undergraduates - Senior

Note: this opportunity encourages applications from community college students.

The overarching goal is to encourage undergrads from institutions that may not have related graduate research to pursue careers as researchers in aerospace engineering. Specific objectives are: 1) Engage 10 undergrads annually in rich research experiences at TAMU, at least 60% of which will be women and under-represented minorities, recruited mainly from minority-serving and predominantly undergraduate institutions. 2) Prepare students for grad school via a GRE workshop, increase awareness of graduate opportunities, strengthen resumes by publishing, and improve written and oral communication. 3) Measure the effectiveness of the REU program in meeting its goal of encouraging students to attend grad school.

Projects span a number of aerospace-related research topics. New to this renewal proposal are projects on the design of a bio-mimetic morphing wing, cyclocopters, and uninhabited autonomous vehicles. Continuing research activities include projects on modeling and testing of electromagnetic field effects on hypersonic vehicle scramjet inlet, wing, stability and transition to turbulence; plasmas in propulsion and other fields (e.g., bio-medical, materials synthesis...) The REU also provides:

1) Info on financing and attending grad school, including an option to be admitted early.

2) Community-building among REU students, international undergrad researchers, and faculty in social and research environments, and

3) Exposure to other research, in and out of TAMU, via tours.

Students to be recruited focus on underrepresented minorities and women nationwide and from the 18 universities in the TAMU Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), and many are minority serving institutions. These include TAMU-Kingsville and TAMU-Corpus Christi, both Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI), and Prairie View A&M (PVAMU), a historically black college and university (HBCU). PVAMU and TAMU-Kingsville have established engineering programs, and other TEES institutions have emerging ones.

Intellectual Merit: The project will enable access to novel research, analysis and design in new types of bio-mimetic morphing wing, uninhabited autonomous vehicles (UAV); hypersonic flow stability, transition and turbulence research. Specific research areas are UAV aerodynamics and control, plasma flow physics and control, transition to turbulent hypersonic flow.

Broader Impact: Many of the research areas are critical to national goals for leadership in space exploration, future transportation needs, and homeland security. The proposed project will help to increase the number and diversity of the future aerospace research workforce.

Participating Institution(s):
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Texas A&M University (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Aerospace Engineering
Astronomy & Astrophysics
Chemical & Nuclear Engineering
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Computational Sciences
Computer Sciences
Materials Science & Engineering
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Bayesian Methods
Computational Modeling
Fluid Dynamics
Nanomaterials Science & Engineering
Plasma Physics
Scientific Computing

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Page last updated 7/29/2021
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