Ongoing Undergraduate Research Summer in Aerospace Engineering with LAUNCH-UAS
The Department of Aerospace Engineering’s LAUNCH-UAS undergraduate research program has begun to take off for 2022.
Eight students from across the country make Iowa State University and the Department of Aerospace Engineering (AerE) their summer home for the ten-week program.
Organized by AerE Associate Professors Benjamin Ahn and Thomas Ward, Launching Aerospace’s Underrepresented Students into the Next Chapter-Unpiloted Aerial Systems (LAUNCH-UAS) program encourages greater participation of students from underrepresented minorities in research in aerospace engineering.
It provides students with cutting-edge research experience in UAS; exposes students to research projects and aerospace engineers; and develops students’ research and professional skills and opportunities to prepare them for graduate programs and beyond.
For 2022, five projects have been made available for the program, all dealing with various aspects of UAS functions, including inspections of transport infrastructure (faculty mentor Halil Ceylan, Department of Civil Engineering, Construction and the environment); optimization of the aerodynamic shape of the wings (mentor of the faculty Ping He, AerE); development of the virtual testbed for UAS using hardware-in-the-loop simulation (faculty mentor Dae-Young Lee, AerE); design and test of a high altitude holding system for latex balloons (faculty mentor Matthew Nelson, AerE); and understand the correlation between a 1D combustion model and an experiment (faculty mentor Thomas Ward, AerE).
Students conduct independent research projects with the help of faculty mentors and participate in events, workshops, and seminars; present a poster summarizing their research at a university-wide symposium and more.
2022 participants include:
- Nicholas Carinci, Le Moyne College
- Matthew Caulfield, James Madison University
- Nicolas DiStefano, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
- Helen Hu, Johns Hopkins University
- Priscilla Pak, Boston University
- Fernando Ramos, University at Buffalo, State University of New York
- Bruno Rangel, Iowa State University
- Anmol Sharma, California Polytechnic University