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Nicholas Rongione, former FSGC Ambassador at University of Miami, awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Nicholas Rongione, former FSGC Ambassador at University of Miami, awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

 

Nicholas Rongione, a former FSGC Ambassador at the University of Miami was awarded a  National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. He will be focusing on developing aerospace applications of nanotechnology, and in particular, thermoelectric materials development.

As a participant in the FSGC Hybrid Motor Rocket Competition my freshman year in 2011-2012, he gained invaluable insight into project management and rocketry. Most importantly, the experience inspired him to delve deeper into aerospace engineering, and served as a springboard into additional projects over the following years as an undergraduate. By sophomore year, he became the President of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the FSGC Student Ambassador at the University of Miami. With support from FSGC, he then completed the NASA Propulsion Academy in the summer of 2013. In his junior year he furthered his efforts and began a two year endeavor developing a satellite program at UM that culminated in 2nd place in the FSGC sponsored Florida University Satellite Design Competition (FUNSAT 2014) and, ultimately, his senior design project. During this time he also participated in the NASA Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program. Finally, FSGC provided additional support in his efforts to create a balloon satellite program, and a satellite ground station, and even help address concerns regarding rocket testing facilities. Now as a graduate student, he is supported by FSGC in a grant to work at NASA Kennedy Space Center on antimicrobial materials development employed in the Advanced Nano Systems Laboratory.

UWF engineering team wins NASA FSGC Hybrid Motor Rocket Competition

UWF engineering team wins NASA Hybrid Motor Rocket Competition

WEARTV.com Tuesday April 5, 2016

A team of engineering students from the University of West Florida participated in the NASA Hybrid Motor Rocket Competition, sponsored by the NASA Florida Grant Consortium and North East Florida Association of Rocketry, in Bunnell, Florida, on March 12, 2016.

Working under the supervision of Dr. Bhuvana Ramachandran, Abdul Huuda and Thena Elayaperumal placed first in both categories – “Maximum Altitude” and “Closest to 2000 Feet.”

http://weartv.com/news/local/uwf-engineering-team-wins-nasa-hybrid-motor-rocket-competition

 

Sahadeo Ramjatan, FSGC intern at NASA Goddard, selected to attend Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany

Sahadeo Ramjatan, FSGC intern at NASA Goddard selected to attend Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany

Sahadeo Ramjatan, a graduate student at the University of Florida, and a FSGC Intern at the Goddard Space Flight Center in 2014, has been selected to attend the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany. In 2015, Sahadeo was selected to be a Mather scholar (named after Nobel Laureate John Mather) at Goddard. Dr. Mathers nominated Sahadeo to be one of the attendees of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany and was accepted on April 5th, 2016. The 66th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (26 June – 1 July 2016) is dedicated to the field of physics. Young scientists from all over the world will have the opportunity for an in-depth exchange with Nobel Laureates. Once every year, 30–40 Nobel Laureates convene at Lindau to meet the next generation of leading scientists: undergraduates, PhD students, and post-doc researchers from all over the world. The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings foster the exchange between scientists of different generations, cultures, and disciplines.

 

 

Florida Space Grant Research faculty awardee in 2012, recipient of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers

Florida Space Grant Research faculty awardee in 2012, recipient of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers

Dr Michel Manuel from the University of Florida received seed funding from the Florida Space Grant Consortium and Space Florida in 2012 for her research titled “Crack closure and intrinsic toughening mechanism for shape memory alloy embedded composites”. Five days ago she received the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. Here is the link to the White House press release.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/02/18/president-obama-honors-extraordinary-early-career-scientists

Link to the University of Florida newspaper

http://www.alligator.org/news/campus/article_277d1366-d9da-11e5-9cb6-6b5e1ece6ec2.html

According to Dr. Manuel  “The NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium has supported my NASA projects for a number of years through senior design projects and a research grant. These funds helped me leverage our larger program on self-healing materials, thus enabling me to achieve this award.  I am grateful that the consortium saw fit to support my work at the very beginning stages of my career.  I could not have achieved this without their support.”

michele manuel

Image courtesy the Allligator newspaper. Dr. Manuel is fourth from left, in the back row

Space Florida’s representative to the NASA FSGC Advisory Board, Dr. Ryan Kobrick, to speak at FIT on Friday, Nov 20 at 4pm

The Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department presents

The Martin & Lucinda Glicksman Seminar Series featuring

Ryan L. Kobrick, PhD

Project Manager for Research and Development, Space Florida

Chairman and President, Yuri’s Night

Title: HUMAN SPACEFLIGHT – Highlighting research from lunar dust to the Arctic tundra and how commercial space activities will enhance exploration

When: Friday, Nov. 20 at 4 p.m.

Where: Evans Library Pavilion 133

Abstract: Space exploration is shifting from a traditional government spearheaded effort to a public‐private endeavor with a growing international community. The lecture will cover personal research efforts that have aided in bridging gaps in space technology, operations and social behavior with a distinct focus on Bioastronautics and human spaceflight. The four main topics will include: lunar dust abrasion and implications for surface materials during planetary body missions; human factors research from a 100‐day Mars simulation in the High Canadian Arctic (Devon Island, Nunavut); International Space Station and Florida university efforts in research and development by Space Florida; and global engagement by Yuri’s Night, the World Space Party.

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