David Allen, MS

David Allen wrapped a nice bow around the EUROPA project work with his MS thesis defended in October of 2014.  His thesis is available online here.

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From Science Fiction to Science Fact

Our NASA NIAC project to explore Europa is featured in the newly released NASA 360 video From Science Fiction to Science Fact!  The entire video is great, and Europa specifically is discussed at 2:25 in.

 

STEM-on-Wheels unveiled at FMMS

STEM-on-Wheels is an ongoing project to outfit a mobile STEM trailer with fun, hands-on, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics activities for schools, after-school clubs, scouts, and other community groups.  The new trailer made its first public appearance at the 2014 ASNE Fleet Maintenance and Modernization Symposium in Virginia Beach.  To learn more about the program and upcoming schedule, please visit http://www.hampton.eng.vt.edu/stemonwheels.html.

Stephanie Sherman wins Virginia Space Grant Consortium Grant and Airport Cooperative Research Program Graduate Research Award

Update: Stephanie Sherman’s work on air traffic management has won her a Virginia Space Grant Consortium graduate student research grant and an Airport Cooperative Research Program Graduate Research Award!  Stephanie is working to develop a computational model of air traffic based upon a smoothed particle hydrodynamics-esque definition of aircraft interactions (like particle interactions in SPH).  Through this approach, her tool will be able to model stochastic aircraft characteristics in addition to deterministic characteristics.  Fundamentally, she is trying to provide a tool which can help address two important and challenging problems:

  1. Model aircraft interactions in a  decentralized control scheme versus the current centralized control approach (e.g. the bulk of aircraft interactions being governed by instructions from air traffic controllers).
  2. Model manned and unmanned aircraft interact with non-deterministic factors (e.g. pilot skill, aircraft handling, etc…)

Both of these topics are of interest for study as part of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).

To learn more about her excellent work, follow the tag for S_Sherman.