Archive for April, 2016

Dr. Michel Manuel

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Dr Michel Manuel from the University of Florida (UF) 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”. On February 18, 2016 she received the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers.  This is the  highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

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.”

Dr. Manuel worked at NASA’s Glenn Research Center for 10 years until 2008, when she came to UF. In her career, she has studied how different metals absorb shock when a car hits an object. She found lightweight metals, such as magnesium and aluminum, keep drivers safer than steel, which is commonly used to make cars.

 

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.

FSGC Fellowship Programs

FSGC Fellowship Programs

 

In 2020-21, FSGC will be awarding 2 types of fellowships. One is a Dissertation and Thesis Improvement Fellowship and the other is a 1-year Masters fellowship. Please click on the links below for more information about the fellowships:

2020-21 Dissertation and Thesis Improvement Fellowship    (Proposals due May 22, 2020)

 

2020-21 FSGC Masters Fellowship Program     (Proposals due May 22, 2020)

NASA Vacancy for Director, Space Life and Physical Sciences Research and Applications Division

NASA Vacancy for Director, Space Life and Physical Sciences Research and Applications Division

Vacancy announcement for the Director, Space Life and Physical Sciences Research and Applications Division, at NASA Headquarters, that opened on Monday, March 28th, 2016 and closes on Thursday, April 28th, 2016. Please see the full announcement for further information, https://www.usajobs.gov announcement number: HQ16S0011.

 

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

 

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