SCraMP Press!

This has been a great few months for SCraMP coverage.  SCraMP was mentioned in the National Fisherman Best of 2012 article in January and received equally flattering coverage in the March/April Ship and Boat International.  Thank you to those authors helping get the word out, and to those friends who are letting me know when they’ve seen SCraMP articles appear (both of these were pleasant surprises for me)!

McCue receives Rosenblatt Young Naval Engineer Award from ASNE

A few weeks ago I had the tremendous honor of receiving this award.  Below are my remarks and a wonderful picture of my advisor Armin Troesch who presented the award, ASNE president Ronald Kiss, and me (photo provided by ASNE–thanks Jared!).

Thank you.  I am going to keep this short as my toddler in attendance will likely express out loud what many might be feeling regarding long acceptance remarks.  Mostly I want to say a handful of thank you’s.  I have been lucky to have really great advising, as an undergraduate from the late Pat Curtiss and as a graduate student from Armin Troesch. Thank you Armin for being such a wonderful advisor and setting my career on the right path.  I am also fortunate to have fantastic colleagues at Virginia Tech, particularly Al Brown who has diligently kept me out of trouble, and my amazing students who make me look good.  I would like to express my sincere gratitude to those program officers who have supported my work: Pat Purtell, Kelly Cooper, Bob Brizzolara, Eduardo Misawa, and Jay Falker.  Every one of them took a chance on me being able to broaden my early research in ways that would support the ONR, NSF, and NASA missions, and I appreciate their faith in me, and my team’s abilities.  I want to thank all the good folks at Carderock who have let me spend two summers in Bethesda working with Bill Belknap, Judah Milgram, Brad Campbell, and others, and a sabbatical at CCD enabled by Tim Coats, Dave Pogorzelski, and my personal favorite CCD researcher, my husband Charlie Weil.  And I want to thank ASNE.  ASNE has provided me leadership opportunities from the start of my career; opportunities to directly support or even work side by side with Captains, Admirals, Program Officers, SESs, industry leaders, and full Professors.  ASNE leadership and staff have worked hard to make opportunities for students and young professionals.  At this ASNE Day we have seen an exciting student program, put together by a team of young professionals led by Justin Stepanchick, showcasing exceptional student research. Wednesday night, the first ever Student Opportunities Committee, with direct representation to ASNE Council, was elected.  ASNE is a warm place for students and young professionals and that, above all else, is why I am so honored to be receiving this Rosenblatt award for young naval engineers from ASNE.  Thank you.

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EUROPA team visits JPL Europa team

What do Europa geeks do for spring break? Go to JPL of course! Shown here is the VT EUROPA team: Craig Woolsey, David Allen, Matt Jones, and me pictured outside the Space Flight Operations Facility with our gracious host, Ray Crum. It was a wonderful, educational, and far too short visit. I hope we will be teaming with JPL on this more down the road!

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Checking in with alum Qing Yang

I recently checked in with alum, Dr. Qing Yang who defended his PhD degree in December 2011 in the field of SPH simulation of fluid-structure interaction problems. He is now working as a naval architect in Kvaerner Field Development, a Norwegian oil service company specialized in EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) of offshore platforms. His main job is to analyze the hydrodynamic load on the offshore platform and its mooring systems and the dynamic response of offshore platforms.  He also notes he is now engaged: congratulations Qing!

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Van Jones

Van’s PhD research focuses on using particle based CFD to study a host of naval engineering problems with an emphasis on computational aspects to particle-based codes. He is the resident computer scientist on the research team. For more details on Van’s work, click on the tag ‘Jones‘ on this site.

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Michele Cooper

Michele is a PhD student studying approaches to verification and validation of code.  This work has her covering the range from experimental, to numerical, to analytical work.  Her broad background also maker her the team’s defacto expert on everything from theology to health and nutrition.  Posts highlighting Michele’s work can be found by searching on the tag ‘Cooper‘ on this site.

 

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NIAC EUROPA Project Press

The NIAC Europa project I’m working on with Profs Craig Woolsey and Bill Moore, graduate student David Allen, and undergraduate Matt Jones, has gotten some exciting press, including appearing in Time’s Techland website!  To learn more about the project, visit http://www.unmanned.vt.edu/europa.  This mission architecture image is adapted from a NASA JPL image of Europa’s ice crust and ocean.

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ComFish Inspired Improvements

The ComFish expo was a great experience for me!  I’ve implemented two changes that directly relate to comments I got at ComFish.  First–you now have the option for audible alarms–you can chose to have my lovely voice nag you directly, or the sound of a pot being hit with a wood spoon.  (Hey, it’s a free app, I’m making my own sound effects!)  Second–I made this universal for iPads.  Many folks commented that they wished they had a bigger screen for this.  One option is to hook up your iPhone to a monitor using an Apple VGA adapter (this only works for iPhone 4S and iPad2 or newer devices), another option is to use an iPad.  So, now it should look quite a bit prettier on an iPad then it did before.

SCraMP v3.7

SCraMP 3.7 is in the app store (free, as always).  Based on user requests, v3.7 has a compass and heading information.  Also included, for my data acquisition users, is a choice of coordinate systems.  The API implementation by Apple is an earth fixed coordinate system (some of you may have noticed this if you were playing with the app at large angles), so now you have a choice of a body-fixed system (i.e., what roll/pitch/yaw usually mean to boat or airplane people) or the earth-fixed system.  Last, but certainly not least, the app now stores your preferences.  For example–enter your boat’s beam once and be done with it; no more having to enter that every time you re-launch the app and want to use the GM estimate!  As always, I’m eager to hear your feedback: scramp@vesseldynamics.com

Concepts and conclusions from the 2010 Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute on Dynamics and Control of Manned and Unmanned Marine Vehicles

McCue, L., Sanjuan. M., and Hubbard, R., “Concepts and conclusions from the 2010 Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute on Dynamics and Control of Manned and Unmanned Marine Vehicles,” Ship Science and Technology/Ciencia y Tecnología de Buques, Volume 4, Number 7, July 2010.

Modeling, verification, and validation of chaotic systems with application to ship motions and the Lorenz oscillator

McCue, L.S., Wu, W., Story, W.R., and Xing, Z., “Modeling, verification, and validation of chaotic systems with application to ship motions and the Lorenz oscillator,” 2009 NSF Engineering Research and Innovation Conference, Honolulu, HI, June, 2009.

Rob Story, MS

W. Robert Story, MS thesis “Application of Lyapunov Exponents to Strange Attractors and Intact & Damaged Ship Stability,” successfully defended April 29, 2009. Recipient of the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools’ ETD Master’s Thesis Award in the “Innovative Application of Technology to Scholarship in a Master’s Thesis” category.  For more on Rob’s work, click on the tag ‘Story‘ on this site.