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ESMD Internships

2008 ESMD Summer Internship at 4Frontiers Corporation

Joint partnership between 4Frontiers Corporation, the Florida Space Grant Consortium

A Summer internship program, in which undergraduates from all over the state attend a 10-week summer internship to experience real world research, on the job training.

Program structure

3 students will be selected and paid $6000 each for a 10 week program.  The $6000 is to pay for the student’s housing, food and transportation.  They will intern at the 4Frontiers office at New Port Richey, FL. Students will work for 10 weeks with NASA and Contractor Mentors to obtain experience in the field. Students must make their own private or hotel accommodations for the 10 week period. Students are also responsible for their own transportation.

Students are expected to consider this internship as full time and therefore should not be attending summer classes.

All successful candidates will be self starters, organized, and articulate. They must be able to communicate their ideas and concepts effectively via both speaking & technical writing. They must be able to work well – both with a team and independently. Most importantly, the successful candidate must be enthusiastic about 4Frontiers’ mission and be willing to work hard to assist the company in its efforts to open the space
frontier. Preference will be given to those students who are available to work out of 4Frontiers’ New Port Richey office.

Application Procedure

The NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium, through funding from NASA, will support 3 Florida undergraduates or graduate students(US Citizens only) as interns at 4Frontiers, FL for  the summer of 2008.

  1. All undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a Florida university are eligible for the internships
  2. Open to US Citizens only.
  3. 4Frontiers will make the final selection.
  4. Florida Space Grant will pay a stipend of $6000 directly to the student.
  5. The internship will be for 10 weeks beginning in June, 2008
  6. All interested students should send a cover letter indicating
their areas of interest and describing why they would like to work with 4Frontiers, a copy of their transcript, at least one letter of recommendation, and their resume to:

Dr. Jaydeep Mukherjee
Florida Space Grant Consortium
Mail Stop:FSGC
Center for Space Education
Building M6-306, Room 7010
Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899The application package should reach the FSGC office by March 31, 2008.

Please email fsgc@mail.ucf.edu
if you have any questions.

MarsPort Student Competition 2002

MARSPORT ENGINEEERING DESIGN STUDENT COMPETITION

Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC) and the Texas Space Grant Consortium (TSGC) are jointly sponsoring the NASA MarsPort Engineering Design Student Competition 2001-2002 Pilot Program. It is jointly sponsored by NASAScience Applications International CorporationFlorida Space Institute, and The Boeing Company. In the first year of this two-year Pilot Program, up to six teams of students will conduct engineering trade and design studies involving the design of a cryogenics and Consumables Station for operation on the surface of Mars. Scientific knowledge, hands-on educational experience, public outreach tools, and publicity for the students in the teams’ hometown news media, their schools and NASA will be the principal products of the proposed project.

The NASA MarsPort Engineering Design Student Competition 2002 website is maintained by the Texas Space Grant Consortium. Please click on the link below for the MarsPort website and information on the contest guidelines.

http://www.tsgc.utexas.edu/marsport/

MarsPort 2002 / Selected Teams

MarsPort 2002 Team websites

MarsPort Engineering Design Student Conference 2002

Conference Handout

The MarsPort Engineering Design Student Competition Conference 2002 was held at the Debus Conference Facility at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on May 14 & 15, 2002. About 55 students and faculty advisors from the 6 universities attended the conference along with invited guests from NASA Kennedy Space Center, Dynamac Corporation and universities. The judges were from the Kennedy Space Center, Dynamac Corporation, Bionetics, and Florida Institute of Technology. The conference was sponsored by the Florida Space Grant ConsortiumKennedy Space Center, and Florida Space Research Institute.

Each team made a 40 minute presentation that was followed by a 5 minute question and answer session. The overall winner was the team from the University of Colorado at Boulder and the runner-up was the team from Saint Louis University. FW Olin College of Engineering was given a special award for their outreach activities.

Images from the MarsPort Engineering Design Student Conference 2002

The judges for the MarsPort Conference (from left to right) Dr. Paul Jennings (Florida Institute of Technology), Ms. Cindy Martin-Brennan (Bionetics), Gale Allen (KSC), Chris Guidi (KSC), Dr. Phil Fowler (Dynamacs Corporation), and Dr. Ray Wheeler (Dynamacs corporation).

Model of a Deployable Greenhouse by the Saint Louis University MarsPort Team

Reception

MarsPort 2002 Conference Poster

Dr. Sam Durrance, Director, FSGC, speaking to the students on his experience as an astronaut.

Dr. Jim Jennings, Deputy Director, Kennedy Space Center, addressing the teams.

Mr. Mike O’Neal, Kennedy Space Center talking to the students on this years Marsport competition and future competition.

Dr. Jim Jennings, Deputy Director, Kennedy Space Center and Dr. Sam Durrance presenting the winners trophy to the University of Colorado team.

Dr. Jim Jennings, Deputy Director, Kennedy Space Center and Dr. Sam Durrance presenting the runner trophy trophy to the Saint Louis University team.

Dr. Jim Jennings, Deputy Director, Kennedy Space Center and Dr. Sam Durrance presenting a special award to the Olin College team for their outreach activities.

Dr. Jim Jennings, Deputy Director, Kennedy Space Center and Dr. Sam Durrance presenting a plaque to the Cornell University team.

Dr. Jim Jennings, Deputy Director, Kennedy Space Center and Dr. Sam Durrance presenting a plaque to the FW Olin College of Engineering team.

Dr. Jim Jennings, Deputy Director, Kennedy Space Center and Dr. Sam Durrance presenting a plaque to the Saint Louis University team.

Dr. Jim Jennings, Deputy Director, Kennedy Space Center and Dr. Sam Durrance presenting a plaque to the University of Central Florida team.

Dr. Jim Jennings, Deputy Director, Kennedy Space Center and Dr. Sam Durrance presenting a plaque to the University of Colorado at Boulder team.

Dr. Jim Jennings, Deputy Director, Kennedy Space Center and Dr. Sam Durrance presenting a plaque to the University of Florida team.

MarsPort Student Competition 2001

MARSPORT ENGINEEERING DESIGN STUDENT COMPETITION

Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC) and the Texas Space Grant Consortium(TSGC) are jointly sponsoring the NASA MarsPort Engineering Design Student Competition 2001-2002 Pilot Program. It is jointly sponsored by NASAScience Applications International CorporationFlorida Space Institute, and The Boeing Company. In the first year of this two-year Pilot Program, up to six teams of students will conduct engineering trade and design studies involving the design of a cryogenics and Consumables Station for operation on the surface of Mars. Scientific knowledge, hands-on educational experience, public outreach tools, and publicity for the students in the teams’ hometown news media, their schools and NASA will be the principal products of the proposed project.

The NASA MarsPort Engineering Design Student Competition 2001 website is maintained by the Texas Space Grant Consortium. Please click on the link below for the MarsPort website and information on the contest guidelines.

http://www.tsgc.utexas.edu/marsport/2001


MarsPort 2001/Selected Teams

KSC-Spaceport News on the MarsPort Competition – PDF File

MarsPort Engineering Design Student Conference 2001

KSC Press Release

Conference Agenda

Conference Handout

The MarsPort Engineering Design Student Competition Conference 2001 was held at the Debus Conference Facility at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on May 7 & 8, 2001. About 50 students and faculty advisors from the 6 universities attended the conference along with invited guests from NASA Kennedy Space Center. The judges were from the University of Florida, SAIC, Boeing, and Kennedy Space Center. The conference was sponsored by the Florida Space Grant Consortium, Kennedy Space Center, and SAIC.

Each team made a 40 minute presentation that was followed by a 5 minute question and answer session. The winners of the technical part of the competition was the George Washington University while Cornell University were the runner-up. The final winner will be declared in the Fall of 2001 after all six teams present their outreach activities.

Images from the MarsPort Engineering Design Student Conference 2001

George Washington University team leader, Alicia Dwyer, being presented the winners plaque by Dr. Samuel Durrance, astronaut and Director of the FSGC.

Cornell University team leader, Paul Germain, being presented the runner-up plaque by Dr. Samuel Durrance, astronaut and Director of the FSGC.

Cornell University team with Dr. Sam Durrance at the KSC Visitor Complex Rocket Garden

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University team with Dr. Sam Durrance at the KSC Visitor Complex Rocket Garden

Georgia Institute of Technology team with Dr. Sam Durrance at the KSC Visitor Complex Rocket Garden

The George Washington University team with Dr. Sam Durrance at the KSC Visitor Complex Rocket Garden

University of Tennessee, Knoxville team with Dr. Sam Durrance at the KSC Visitor Complex Rocket Garden

University of Wisconsin – Madison team with Dr. Sam Durrance at the KSC Visitor Complex Rocket Garden

ESMD Summer Research

2005 ESMD Summer Research Opportunity at KSC

The Kennedy Space Center (KSC) seeks to increase access to the scientific knowledge of a diverse talented pool of faculty and students from U.S. colleges and Universities. FSGC teamed up with KSC to identify twelve faculty and students that will be assigned to four research teams for 10 weeks during the summer to work in KSC’s Applied Physics Laboratory, Material Science Laboratory, Electrostatic Physics Laboratory, Space Life Science Laboratory, and Cryogenics Test Bed. Participants will work in the development of technologies to lower the cost and increase the reliability of launch systems infrastructure and life support systems that will be required by the Crew Exploration Vehicle, robotics missions, and extended human space flight missions. The research tasks are directly related to the ESMD Science Technical Programs (ESR&T, HSR&T, PNS&T, and Constellation Systems).

The following research tasks and lead civil service personnel at KSC have been identified for this summer:

  1. Solid Xenon Thermal Property Investigation for Nuclear Electric Propulsion Systems, Bill Notardonato.
  2. Prediction of Stress/Strain, Compaction and Crushing Behavior of Granular Cryogenic Insulation, Bill Larson.
  3. Development of a Regolith Extraction and Resource Separation and Characterization, Dale Lueck and Clyde Parrish.
  4. Advanced Docking/Berthing System for Rendezvous Operations and In Space Assembly, Hardman
List of Participants
Name Status University
Terry Corbett Grad NCA & TSU
Erik Brinley Grad UCF
Ibrahim Tansel Faculty FIU
Danny B. Wittenborn Grad Purdue University
Gary Godfrey Faculty Univerisity of Wisconsin-Stout
Roger W. Johnson Faculty UCF
Guofan Shao Faculty Purdue University
Ryan Moreno Grad FIU
Lisa Patton Grad FIT
Francisco Sanchez Undergrad FIU
Lee Shostle Undergrad Appalachian State University
Michael Powers Undergrad Clarkson University
Donald O’Keefe Faculty College of Aeronautics, E. Elmhurst
Josh Wales Undergrad FIT
Jeremy Ehret Grad Appalachian State University
David Lynch Faculty University of Arizona
Justin Rutkowski Undergrad Texas A&M University
Paul Ashman Grad Clarkson University
Daniel Hand Grad UCF
Andrew Schuerger Faculty University of Florida
Jesica Zimmer Grad University of Florida
Jordan Barney Undergrad University of Florida

ISRU University Design Competition

NASA and the competition sponsors seek candidate ISRU experiment designs for potential inclusion on a lunar robotic lander or rover, anticipated for launch early in the next decade to a permanently shadowed crater at a lunar pole. The teams will be challenged to develop innovative ISRU concepts that demonstrate the feasibility of using lunar regolith as a source for oxygen, water and other commodities necessary for lunar exploration and research operations.

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