We are fielding a team for the 2022 RobotX challenge! So very excited after the first assembly of our WAM-V a few weeks ago. Exciting things on the horizon in maritime robotics at Mason!
My department has launched a podcast! The first few episodes are out, with the latest including interviews with a very inspirational Mason alum Jazzmin Robinson as well as NAWCAD’s Director of Engineering Education and Research Partnerships Theresa Shafer. Search for the “Mason Mechanical Engineer” on your preferred podcast platform or click here.
Congratulations to the Mason PEP team on their 2nd place finish in the “unmanned” category of ASNE’s Promoting Electric Propulsion competition held at the 2021 Multi-Agency Craft Conference (MACC). This represented the culmination of three senior design team’s efforts – a hull team and propulsion team in the 2019-2020 academic year, and a holistic team to pull it all together in the 2020-2021 academic year. Despite pandemic, these students’ hard work paid off the minute their boat entered the water. Proud of y’all. Well done!
Cheryl did great work during the Spring term of 2021 looking at developing a purpose-built device to measure sleep aboard a fishing vessel, taking into consideration constraints we’ve seen with commercial off the shelf devices. Check out her presentation at: https://celebration.oscar.gmu.edu/development-of-a-prototype-sleep-monitoring-device-for-use-in-the-commercial-fishing-environment/.
McCue, L, “A Low-Fidelity Stochastic Model of Viral Spread in Aircraft to Assess Risk Mitigation Strategies,” ASME. ASME J. Risk Uncertainty Part B. Available online February 4, 2021.
Mason’s Team Leviathan had a successful first day of open water testing in advance of the 2021 Promoting Electric Propulsion (PEP) competition!
The Vessel Dynamics Laboratory is looking to add a post-doctoral researcher to the team. The ideal candidate would have expertise in agent based modeling and/or smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH), past work experience with human subjects, and an enthusiasm for occupational safety research. If this sounds like you or someone you know, please contact Leigh!
Bhanderi, D. and McCue, L., “Low cost unmanned surface vehicle swarm formation control using a potential field,” Global OCEANS 2020: Singapore-U.S. Gulf Coast, October 2020.
Congratulations to Vessel Dynamics lab alum Brook Sherman – USCG Base Elizabeth City is in good hands!
Gilbert, J. and McCue, L., “A coupled SPH-FEM Solver for Modeling Surface Effect Ship (SES) Bow Seal Dynamics,” Virtual 39th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore & Arctic Engineering (OMAE) 2020, June 28-July 3, 2020.
McCue, L., “The Portia Hypothesis: Mechanical Engineering Student Perceptions of Qualifications,” Virtual American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference, June 2020.
Vessel Dynamics Lab alum Rosa Avalos-Warren is making news for her support of the SpaceX Crew Dragon launch. Check out NASA Goddard’s website to read the full story! So proud of you Rosa!
Check out this great article about Dhawal Bhanderi’s work to help supply Hampton Roads hospitals with PPE: https://volgenau.gmu.edu/news/584831
This is an RC to autonomous conversion done by undergraduate researcher Dhawal Bhanderi. In this video, at 4x speed, it starts off running autonomously, Dhawal takes control as it goes under the dock, then returns it to autonomous waypoint tracking. Check out the video:
McCue, L., “Design Trends in Unmanned Systems,” SNAME/IBEX 2019, Tampa, FL, September 30, 2019.
Moises is a senior studying Mechanical Engineering at George Mason University. He is currently working on doing high speed planing hull simulations to represent the Generic Prismatic Planing Hull (GPPH). After graduation, he plans on going to grad school to pursue a PhD in Aerospace Engineering. Outside of academia you can find him reading fiction novels, playing super smash bros, and working out.
As we get ready to kick off the 2019-2020 academic year, I’m thrilled to be settling into new lab space at GMU’s Potomac Science Center. While furniture is still on order, computing power has arrived along with enough SeaPerch and SeaGlide kits to last us through some kickoff STEM outreach activities. If you’re in the neighborhood, come by and visit: 1203 Potomac Science Center, 650 Mason Ferry Ave, Woodbridge VA!
This video gives a short overview on the history and thought process behind the fishing vessel safety apps SCraMP and FVdrills. App Store links for the apps are:
- SCraMP: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/scramp/id456343416
- FVdrills: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/fvdrills/id597745204
To purchase a copy of Beating the Odds on Northern Waters by Jensen and Dzugan, visit: https://www.amsea.org/booksandcurricula
McCue, L., “Utilization of KNN Algorithms on AIS data for Enhanced Maritime Domain Awareness,” Technology, Systems and Ships, Washington, DC, June 18-20, 2019.
Briscoe, M., McCue, L., and Lumme, D., “Implementing and Integrating an engineering video game into a variety of educational contexts,” 2019 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Tampa, Florida, June, 2019.
Briscoe, M., McCue, L., Kring, D., and Craig, M., “Gamifying Engineering: Initial data and results from implementing a naval engineering video game (work in progress),” 2019 ASEE Southeastern Section Conference, Rayleigh, NC, March 10-12, 2019.
I get asked from time to time for a video how-to for using SCraMP. So, here you go!
Cooper, M. and McCue, L., “Design of a Controller for Autonomous Vessel Recovery Utilizing the Prediction of Host Vessel Motions,” Naval Engineers Journal, Volume 129, Number 1, 1 March 2017, pp. 117-131(15).
Cooper, M., Wu, W., and McCue, L., “Non-intrusive Polynomial Chaos for Efficient Uncertainty Analysis in Parametric Roll Simulations,” Journal of Marine Science and Technology, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp. 282-296, June 2016.
Battista, T., Woolsey, C., McCue, L., Paterson, E., and Valentinis, F., “Underwater Vehicle Depth and Attitude Regulation in Plane Progressive Waves,” 54th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Osaka, Japan, 2015.
Evan has been selected as a project lead in the newly formed Research and Development Execution Branch at Combatant Craft Division.
Davy Hansch completed an interesting study on the influence of water depth on roll damping and roll period. Read it online here.
Lauren Hanyok’s fascinating master’s thesis studied motion induced interruptions for a space capsule at splash down.
Rob Story’s 2009 MS thesis looking at application of Lypaunov exponents to anticipate intact and damaged stability issues won a Conference of Southern Graduate Schools’ ETD Master’s Thesis Award in the “Innovative Application of Technology to Scholarship in a Master’s Thesis” category.
Divy Agarwal did a very interesting MS thesis studying how fractional differential equations can be used to model roll damping. His thesis is available online.
Evan Lee’s 2014 doctoral dissertation advanced the state of the art of our understanding of the hydrodynamics of stepped planing hulls. Read his thesis online here.
Michele Cooper’s PhD presented a holistic look at numerous challenges related to ship dynamics, from control design, to neural network prediction, to verification and validation. Download her outstanding thesis here.
Dr. John Gilbert completed his PhD in June of 2015. His research included development of an accelerated coupled solver for fluid-structure interaction problems. His thesis can be found here, and he is currently research faculty at Virginia Tech.
Stephanie Sherman completed her excellent MS on “Quantifying the Effects of Uncertainty in a Decentralized Model of the National Airspace System” in 2015. Read it online here.
While this site has been dormant the last few years, it is back live now – I have re-entered academia joining the Mechanical Engineering faculty at George Mason University. Enthusiastic prospective students are encourage to reach out as I am actively recruiting PhD students.
Sherman, Stephanie, McCue, Leigh, and Roberts, Billy, “Quantifying the Effects of Uncertainty in a Decentralized National Airspace System,” Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Volume 2600, Issue 1, pp. 94-101, January 1, 2016.
Allen, David, Jones, Matthew, McCue, Leigh, Moore, William, Philen, Michael, and Woolsey, Craig, “Exploring the oceans of Europa with biologically-inspired underwater vehicles,” Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, August, 2015.
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.
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.
Alton Luder is the newest member of the research team joining us to continue the fine work Pankaj Kumar did related to coupling SPH and OpenFOAM simulations. Alton comes to us as a fellow Michigan alum (Go Blue!).
Tom Battista is joining the team, co-advised by Prof. Craig Woolsey, working on dynamics and control of submarines in waves (for example, at periscope depth or surfaced). Tom is also campaigning for the best research team member photo.
John Gilbert has received a prestigious SMART scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year to further his PhD research in computational fluids. It is anticipated/hoped that upon graduation he will work for the Hull Response and Protection branch of the Survivability, Structures, and Materials department of Carderock. Way to go John!
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.
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:
- 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).
- 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.
Perform basic research in the field of ship motions as well as experimental and computational fluid dynamics in the Dr. Leigh McCue-Weil’s research lab. Research expertise in either RANS or meshfree CFD approaches such as SPH with interest in both approaches and/or expertise in experimental fluids. Job responsibilities will require strong experience with computational and experimental components. Post-doc will work with Dr. McCue-Weil in preparing reports to the research sponsor, writing journal and conference papers, and presenting in conference and other open forums.
Ph.D. in ocean/naval/aerospace/mechanical or related engineering discipline, as well as knowledge of, or experience in, CFD and experimental fluids.
Experience with OpenFoam, SPHysics or other mesh-free Lagrangian CFD approach.
For a complete listing of position qualifications, and to apply, please visit http://www.jobs.vt.edu, and search for posting #SR0140111. Review of applications will begin on July 29, 2014.