Summer 2021: Research Opportunities for AE Students

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Summer & Fall 2021 AE Research for Pay or Credit


Most of the following listings are for credit, requiring the student to both gain the faculty's approval and register for credit. Students who have questions about this should contact the project manager directly. Research opportunities will be added as they are made available. Check back for updates. 


STUDENTS: To get credit for any of the following research projects, you will need to submit a signed and completed Undergraduate Research Permit. Find out more about undergraduate research here.


FACULTY: Email AE Communications to add or update your research listing(s). 


Project: Data-driven Small Body Characterization and Relative Navigation - DCSL
Can this work be performed remotely or online, if needed? Yes
Project Manager: Travis Driver
Action: Email your resume and interest to Travis Driver (travisdriver@gatech.edu)
Office: MK 414
Semesters: Summer & Fall 2021​
Time Commitment: About 5-10 hrs per week (flexible).
Number of Students Needed: 1-2
Citizenship Requirement: No
Details: The Dynamics and Control Systems Lab (DCSL) has been developing and implementing deep learning algorithms for characterization and relative navigation of small bodies (e.g., asteroids, comets). This research work will involve the development of a dataset of monocular images and other data products for training of convolutional neural networks for vision-based relative navigation. Experience with Python, MATLAB, and rigid body kinematics is required. Experience with TensorFlow/PyTorch is preferred.


Project: Multidisciplinary Analysis Toolkit - ASDL
Can this work be performed remotely or online, if needed? Yes
Project Manager: Dr. Jason Corman
Action: Email your resume and interest to Dr. Jason Corman (jason.corman@gatech.edu)
Office: Weber 315
Semesters: Summer & Fall 2021​
Time Commitment: About 5-10 hrs per week (flexible).
Number of Students Needed: 4-6
Citizenship Requirement: No
Details: The Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory has been developing a Python-based toolkit for automating the pre-processing and execution of multidisciplinary design frameworks for air vehicles. This research work will involve development and implementation of advanced configurations for physics-based aero-structural design environments and upgrading core capabilities for the Rapid Airframe Design Environment (RADE). Geometry and CAD capabilities are provided through a Python API for OpenCASCADE (pyOCCT), and there are additional open-source codes that will be included in the development project: AFEM, OpenVSP, OpenMDAO, TACS, and others. Experience with Python and object-oriented programming is preferred.


Project: ASDL GT Smart Campus – Merging Campus Data with 3D Visualization
Can this work be performed remotely or online, if needed? Yes
Project Manager: Dr. Scott Duncan
Action: Email your resume and interest to Dr. Scott Duncan (duncan@gatech.edu)
Office: Weber 306A
Semesters: Summer 2021, Fall 2021​
Time Commitment: About 5-10 hrs per week (flexible).
Number of Students Needed: 1-2
Citizenship Requirement: No
Details: Work with GT Smart Campus team members to learn the latest tools for visualization of "built environment" systems (i.e., GT buildings, infrastructure, campus layout, etc,) and how to overlay them with various types of data sets regarding their use by humans and the loads and performance of energy and water systems. This will include the Kendeda Living Building (KBISD) and potentially other new campus construction projects. ASDL has access to massive amounts of data from KBISD and is building systems to ingest, analyze, and visualize it. In addition, the ASDL team has a Raspberry PiZero devices and sensors that are available as building blocks to create IoT sensors to be deployed into Weber and possibly the Living Building. Join us and help configure these devices to create data that will be used to help better understand of the behavior of campus infrastructure.


Project: Development of Python/Engineering Sketch Pad automation tool- ASDL
Does this research project allow for remote/online participation: Yes
Project Manager: Srujal Patel
Action: Email your resume, letter of interest, or any required info to Srujal Patel - srujal.patel@aerospace.gatech.edu
Office Number: Weber 308
Semester: Summer 2021 and Fall 2021
Time commitment: Negotiable
Citizenship restrictions: No​
Meet with project manager before registering: Yes
Number of Students Needed: 1-2
Brief description of project: Engineering Sketch Pad (ESP) is an open-source parameterized geometry modeler which allows for rapid generation of various computational design models with associative geometry. The tool is fully programming or script-based and hence is used to automate generation of parametric geometries for Multidisciplinary Design, Analysis and Optimization (MDAO) studies. In this research, students will use combination of Python and ESP to develop reconfigurable "master" models of Aerospace applications of interest which include fixed-wing and VTOL aircrafts, turbofan/open rotor engines, active-flow control devices etc. Prior experience in Solid and Surface modeling using commercial CAD applications such as CATIA, Solidworks etc. is essential. Students should have good understanding of Python, Object-Oriented Programming (preferably C++), and some prior experience in using GitHub.


Project: Development of Python tool for FEA File Creation and Modification​ - ASDL
Does this research project allow for remote/online participation: Yes
Project Manager: Dr. Adam Cox​
Office Number: Weber 120-A​
Semester: Summer 2021 and Fall 2021
Time commitment: negotiable
Citizenship restrictions: No​
Meet with project manager before registering: Yes
Number of Students Needed: 1-4
Brief description of project: MSC Nastran is the industry standard finite element analysis software. A package has been developed which can read, modify, and write input files for Nastran in Python, avoiding direct interaction with the cumbersome format of these files. However, Nastran has more capabilities than are currently implemented in this package. Students would help to expand the capability of the tool. Students should have some understanding of Python, object oriented programming, and git/GitHub. Understanding of FEA helpful but not required. Would enable students to learn more about Python, version control, text processing, OOP, unit tests, and finite element analysis.


Project: System Modeling Using SysML - ASDL
Can this work be performed remotely or online, if needed? Yes
Project Manager: Dr. Selcuk Cimtalay & Dr. Russell Peak
Action: Follow instructions on slide #10 in the “Model-Based Systems Engineering Information (pdf)” presentation (see “Additional information” below).​
Office: Weber 104
Semesters: at least one, could be several
Time Commitment: 4 hrs/week
Number of Students Needed:  1-15
Citizenship Requirement: varies
GPA Requirement: 3.5+ preferred; 3.2 minimum
Details: Multiple potential position types (depending on interests). Most, but not all, of our Systems Modeling Language (SysML) projects require US Persons, either US citizens or permanent residents
Requirements for the positions: A key requirement is an interest in SysML (no prior SysML experience required) and a willingness to learn and explore
Sample projects & external collaborators: Lockheed MBSE - CubeSat testbed – NASA MBSE Pathfinder initiative – US Navy (NAVAIR) Model-Centric Engineering (MCE) – UAV testbed – NASA JPL: model-based systems engineering (MBSE); model-based wikis; embedded s/w – Boeing: MBSE model complexity & health management.
Additional informationModel-Based Systems Engineering Information (pdf)


Project: Tomographic tunable diode laser spectroscopy for indirect noise measurements in gas turbine combustors.
Can this work be performed remotely or online, if needed? NO
Project Manager: Dr. Adam Steinberg
Action: Email your resume to Vedanth Nair (vedanth44@gatech.edu)
Office: GUG 447 (work will be conducted at the Ben Zinn Combustion Lab)
Semesters: Spring 2021 with potential for continuation 
Time Commitment: Approx. 9 hrs/week
Number of Students Needed: 1-2
Citizenship Requirement: NO
Details: Assist post-doctoral fellow in the construction and operation of a new experimental setup to measured 2D temperature fields at the exit of a gas turbine combustor. The setup consists of multiple intersecting tunable diode laser beams, the absorption of which is related to the concentration and temperature of water vapor along the beam path. Tasks include assembling the laser system, calibration, and assisting in measurements.


Project: High-pressure laminar flame burner for calibration of laser diagnostics
Can this work be performed remotely or online, if needed? NO
Project Manager: Dr. Adam Steinberg
Action: Email your resume to Vedanth Nair (vedanth44@gatech.edu)
Office: GUG 447 (work will be conducted at the Ben Zinn Combustion Lab)
Semesters: Spring 2021 with potential for continuation 
Time Commitment: Approx. 9 hrs/week
Number of Students Needed: 1-2
Citizenship Requirement: NO
Details: Assist graduate students in the design, assembly, and operation of a high-pressure laminar flame burner that will be used to calibrate laser diagnostics. Potential tasks include specifying flow components, CAD, piping assembly, and LabView programming.