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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 Undergraduate Research Permitand have it approved by your advisor. Find out more about undergraduate research here.

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Last updated: December 13. 2023

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Project: Studies on Rocket Propellant Sloshing
Project Manager: Dr. Álvaro Romero-Calvo
Office: ESM 203B
Semesters: Ongoing long-term effort

Time Commitment: About 6-9 hrs per week (flexible). Scales with the number of credit hours registered for undergraduate research.
Can this work be performed remotely or online, if needed? Yes, but active participation is required
Number of Students Needed: 10-15
Citizenship Requirement: No
GPA Requirement: 3.7+ preferred; 3.5 minimum

Seniority Requirement: Students should have passed AE-201X -Thermodynamics & Fluid Mechanics- with an A grade prior to joining this project.
Majors: AE-only
Action: Submit your application using this form before Phase II registration starts. Successful applicants will be notified shortly thereafter. 
Details: The term “sloshing” describes the movement of liquids in partially filled containers. Sloshing is key for aerospace applications because it can significantly alter the dynamics of space vehicles or prevent propellant ingestion into their engines. Although research on liquid sloshing has been carried out for the last 70 years, multiple questions remain at the fundamental and applied levels. The Low-Gravity Science and Technology Laboratory is looking for students with a strong interest in rocket propulsion to (i) develop analytical open-access tools in Python or Matlab to study the sloshing of propellants in launch stages, (ii) build and operate an automated sloshing damping testbed for tank characterization, (iii) design and launch sounding rocket experiments to validate dynamic models assessing fluid-structure interactions, and (iv) study the behavior of propellants in simulated low-gravity conditions using neutral buoyancy mixtures. First-time students are required complete four homework assignments based on NASA’s SP-106 and F.T. Dodge’s “The New Dynamic Behavior of Liquids in Moving Containers” prior to joining the research subgroups. The final grade is dependent on the completion of these assignments, participation in weekly meetings, and research contributions.

 

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: Spring 2024, Summer 2024​
Time Commitment: About 5-10 hrs per week (flexible).
Number of Students Needed: 1
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), the Tech Square Microgrid, and potentially other new campus construction projects. ASDL has access to massive amounts of data from campus infrastructure and is building systems to ingest, analyze, and visualize it. Special consideration will be given to those with CAD, BIM, or GIS skills.

 

Project: ASDL GT Smart Campus – Sensor (IoT) development and deployment 
Can this work be performed remotely or online, if needed? Not completely. Mixture of in person meetings with the existing team and remote check-ins. 
Project Manager: Dr. Jung-Ho Lewe / Dr. Scott Duncan 
Action: Email your resume and transcript to Dr. Jung-Ho Lewe (j.lewe@gatech.edu) and cc: Dr. Scott Duncan (duncan@gatech.edu
Office: Weber 100 
Semesters: Spring 2024 
Time Commitment: About 5-12 hrs per week (flexible). Scales to the number of credit hours registered for undergraduate research. 
Number of Students Needed: 2-3. Open to any major and program. 
Citizenship Requirement: No.  
Details: ASDL’s GT Smart Campus group has a sub-team that has been developing low-cost, wireless sensors to measure various properties relating to campus buildings: indoor thermal conditions, airflow, occupancy, exterior conditions, imaging sensors, etc. A variety of sensors already exist and can be modified, upgraded, or re-engineered to improve performance, as well as tested in various campus spaces. This team needs “hands-on” students interested in mechanical design (e.g., packaging via 3D printing), sensor software design (using Raspberry Pi-based consumer-grade IoT computing devices that transmit data home over GTwifi), database design, or any combination thereof. No experience is necessary but a natural inclination towards tinkering, hacking, and making is a must! Please visit [here](https://energywatch.gatech.edu/about) for more details.  

 

Project: ASDL GT Smart Campus – Data Science and Engineering 
Can this work be performed remotely or online, if needed? Not completely. Mixture of in person meetings with the existing team and remote check-ins. 
Project Manager: Dr. Jung-Ho Lewe / Dr. Scott Duncan 
Action: Email your resume and transcript to Dr. Jung-Ho Lewe (j.lewe@gatech.edu) and cc: Dr. Scott Duncan (duncan@gatech.edu
Office: Weber 100 
Semesters: Spring 2024 
Time Commitment: About 5-12 hrs per week (flexible). Scales to the number of credit hours registered for undergraduate research. 
Number of Students Needed: 2-3. Open to any major and program. 
Citizenship Requirement: No 
Details: ASDL’s GT Smart Campus team of research faculty and students collaborates with GT Facilities engineers to evaluate data from campus buildings, central plants, and other infrastructure, including the ultra-sustainable Kendeda Living Building. Students joining this team will help out with data processing, analytics, and machine learning to better understand and inform the performance of campus energy (and water) systems. Existing skills with Python are a plus. Please visit [here](energywatch.gatech.edu/about) for more details. 

 
Project: ASDL GT Smart Campus – Modeling and Simulation 
Can this work be performed remotely or online, if needed? Not completely. Mixture of in person meetings with the existing team and remote check-ins. 
Project Manager: Dr. Jung-Ho Lewe / Dr. Scott Duncan 
Action: Email your resume and transcript to Dr. Jung-Ho Lewe (j.lewe@gatech.edu) and cc: Dr. Scott Duncan (duncan@gatech.edu
Office: Weber 100 
Semesters: Spring 2024 
Time Commitment: About 5-12 hrs per week (flexible). Scales to the number of credit hours registered for undergraduate research. 
Number of Students Needed: 2-3. Open to any major and program. 
Citizenship Requirement: No 
Details: ASDL’s GT Smart Campus team of research faculty and students collaborates with GT Facilities engineers to evaluate data from campus buildings, central plants, and other infrastructure, including the ultra-sustainable Kendeda Living Building. Students joining this team will help out with modeling and simulation of GT energy and water infrastructure. Existing skills with Python and Modelica are a plus. Please visit [here](energywatch.gatech.edu/about) for more details. 

 

Project: AIAA Missile Design Competition - Rapid Reaction Air-Launched Satellite Launcher
Can this work be performed remotely or online, if needed? Yes
Project Manager: Adam Cox
Action: Email your resume and interest to Sydney Hallas (shallas3@gatech.edu)
Office: Weber 120A
Semesters: Spring 2024
Time Commitment: 4-12 hours depending on number of credits
Number of Students Needed: 1-4
Citizenship Requirement: No
Majors: AE, ME, and CS
Details: This team is responding to a request for proposal for a rapid reaction satellite launcher given by the AIAA Missile Design Competition which states: “The U.S. military has a need to rapidly launch small satellites into LEO from both bomber and fighter aircraft to repair gaps in space-based position, navigation, and timing, communications, and intelligence services. The objective of this project is to conceptualize and develop a rapid reaction satellite launch vehicle system.” The team is comprised of the aerodynamics, propulsion, trajectory, structures, and vehicle integration subdisciplines.
 

Project: SMDO VLRCOE Vertical Lift Optimization
Can this work be performed remotely or online, if needed? No, need to meet in person with the existing team
Project Manager: Dr. Graeme Kennedy
Action: Email your resume to Cameron Smith (csmith763@gatech.edu) and cc: Dr. Graeme Kennedy (graeme.kennedy@aerospace.gatech.edu)
Office: Weber 201
Semesters: Spring 2024, Summer 2024
Time Commitment: About 5-10 hours per week (flexible). Scales to the number of credit hours registered for undergraduate research.
Number of Students Needed: 1
Citizenship Requirement: No
GPA Requirement (optional): 3.5+ preferred; 3.2 minimum.
Majors: AE-only
Details: Under Georgia Tech’s Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence, this project focuses on the development of models and frameworks related to the optimization of electric vertical lift vehicles. In this role, the student would work with current members of the project team to create modules that capture the vehicle’s flight dynamics in OpenMDAO that will be integrated with current system models. Experience/interest in rotorcraft and knowledge of Python are strongly preferred.

 

Project: SMDO Outreach Content Developer
Can this work be performed remotely or online, if needed? If needed, can accommodate remote meetings, but the preference is for in-person meetings
Project Manager: Dr. Graeme Kennedy
Action: Email your resume to Cameron Smith (csmith763@gatech.edu) and cc: Dr. Graeme Kennedy (graeme.kennedy@aerospace.gatech.edu)
Office: Weber 201
Semesters: Spring 2024, Summer 2024
Time Commitment: About 5-10 hours per week (flexible). Scales to the number of credit hours registered for undergraduate research.
Number of Students Needed: 1-2
Citizenship Requirement: No
GPA Requirement (optional): 3.5+ preferred; 3.2 minimum.
Majors: AE-only
Details: As a part of a new outreach initiative led by the SMDO group, we are looking for undergraduate students to be involved with current efforts to develop educational modules and content centered on numerical design optimization. The intent of the outreach is to teach middle and high school-aged students about optimization by relating the core principles of the discipline to our innate tendencies to optimize our daily lives. Students who join this effort will have the opportunity to learn about optimization, develop their technical writing and presentation skills, and impact the lives of the next generation of scientists and engineers.

 

Project: Ben T. Zinn Combustion Lab - Tim Lieuwen
Can this work be performed remotely or online, if needed? No, need to meet in person with the existing team
Project Manager: Dr. Tim Lieuwen
Action: Email your resume and interest to David Wu (dwu9@mail.gatech.edu
Office: CNES 222
Semesters: Spring 2024, Summer 2024
Time Commitment: About 5-10 hrs per week (flexible). Scales to the number of credit hours registered for undergraduate research.
Number of Students Needed6+
Citizenship Requirement: No
GPA Requirement (optional): 3.5+ preferred; No minimum
Majors: Open to all majors
Details:   The Ben T. Zinn Combustion Laboratory at Georgia Tech is looking for undergraduates for the Spring 2024 semester. Previous experience is useful but not required, and this is an excellent volunteer opportunity for students interested in gaining experience in the field of combustion. The Combustion Lab focuses on hands-on research involving gas turbines, rockets, flame dynamics, clean combustion, zero-carbon fuels and acoustic phenomena.  There are a variety of skill sets necessary from machining to coding. Students will work directly with graduate researchers on various on-going projects and be given the opportunity to learn or further develop their machining skills, gain experience working with high-pressure systems, and apply theoretical knowledge to real-world experiments. Placement will be dependent on their level of experience.

Project: Motion Planning and Model-learning for Autonomous Racing
Can this work be performed remotely or online, if needed? No, projects require hands-on work with experimental autonomous racecar platforms
Project Manager: Dr. Panagiotis Tsiotras
Action: Email your resume and a short cover letter explaining your interest, which semesters you are available, and relevant experience to Jacob Knaup (jacobk@gatech.edu) and Nick Zhang (nickzhang@gatech.edu).
Office: Montgomery Knight 425
Semesters: Spring 2024, Summer 2024, and/or Fall 2024
Time Commitment: 9 hrs/week during fall and spring semesters, 20 hrs/week during summer semester
Number of Students Needed: 2
Citizenship Requirement: Yes –US citizenship required for NSF REU funding
Majors: Open to all robotics-related majors (e.g. AE, CS, ME, ECE, etc.)

Experience Requirements: ROS, python or C++, Linux, experience with control systems is a plus
Details: The Dynamics and Control Systems Lab (DCSL) is seeking highly qualified and motivated undergraduate research assistants for paid positions to support on-going motion planning, perception, and machine learning research on an autonomous vehicle platform. Students will implement state-of-the-art motion planning and control algorithms for high-performance autonomous racing, and create and train machine learning models to predict the behavior of autonomous vehicles.

 

Project:  Propulsion and Combustion Research in the CNES and Ben T. Zinn Combustion Labs
Can this work be performed remotely or online, if needed? No, projects require hands-on work in the lab.
Project Manager: Drs. Mazumdar, Steinberg, Sun, and Wehe.
Action: Email your resume to Dr. Shawn Wehe (swehe7@gatech.edu) in April for Summer and Fall terms and in October for the Spring term.
Office: Ben T. Zinn Combustion Lab, Rm 110.
Semesters: Ongoing, Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.
Time Commitment: Typically, about 10 hrs per week, but lower commitments possible. The commitment scales to the number of credit hours registered for undergraduate research.
Number of Students Needed: Around 15-20 each semester.
Citizenship Requirement: Generally, no, though some projects may require US Persons.
GPA Requirement (optional): 3.5+ preferred; 3.25 minimum.
Majors: AE and ME.
Details: The Ben T. Zinn Combustion Lab is one of the largest and most advanced academic research facilities in the world dedicated to the science and engineering of combustion systems. There typically are dozens of active research projects in the lab at any given time, on topics such as sustainability and alternative fuels, pollutant emissions, supersonic transport, hypersonic systems, combustion chemistry, multi-phase flows, energetic materials, detonations, plasmas, laser combustion diagnostics, reacting turbulence, and many other topics. This posting is for students who are generally interested in conducting research in the Combustion Lab. Alignment of individual students and projects will occur during interviews and meetings prior to each semester.

 

Project: ASDL - FAA - Natural Language Processing (NLP) for National Airspace Safety Modeling
Can this work be performed remotely or online, if needed? Yes, although it would be preferable to meet in-person
Project Manager: Dr. Mayank Bendarkar
Action: Email your resume and interest to Dr. Mayank Bendarkar (mbendarkar3@gatech.edu)
Office: Weber 302
Semesters: Spring 2024
Time Commitment: About 5-10 hrs per week (flexible). Scales to the number of credit hours registered for undergraduate research.
Number of Students Needed: 2-3
Citizenship Requirement: No
Majors: Open to all majors
Details: ASDL’s GT National Airspace (NAS) Safety research team is collaborating with the FAA to develop state-of-the-art natural (large) language models specific to the Aviation domain. These models will be used by the FAA to characterize and quantify the safety of the NAS within their Integrated Safety Assessment Model (ISAM). We are looking for UG students excited to work in applied ML/NLP for aviation accident and safety analysis. Students joining this team will help out with data processing, analytics, and machine learning. Existing skills with Python are a plus

 

Project: SAFRAN Alternative Energy Carriers Literature Search
Can this work be performed remotely or online, if needed? No, need to meet in person with the existing team
Project Manager: Dr. Elena Garcia
Action: Email your resume and interest to Dr. Elena Garcia (elena.garcia@ae.gatech.edu)
Office: Weber 311
Semesters: Spring 2024
Time Commitment: Scales to the number of credit hours registered for undergraduate research, most likely 1 credit so 4 hrs
Number of Students Needed: 1
Citizenship Requirement: No
GPA Requirement (optional):
Majors:
AE
Details: In the quest for efficiency and reduced environmental impact, aircraft companies have been exploring alternative energy carriers beyond jet fuel such as hydrogen or ammonia. This work aims to collect an extensive list of potential alternative energy carriers with their advantages and drawbacks. The alternative energy carriers will be evaluated considering their entire life cycle including extraction/collection, transformation and transportation as well as associated costs and environmental impacts. A few "fuels" will be selected for modeling and further study in order to consider their impact on aircraft sizing and design.

 

Project: Studies on Rocket Propellant Sloshing
Project Manager: Dr. Álvaro Romero-Calvo
Office: ESM 203B
Semesters: Ongoing long-term effort
Time Commitment: About 5-10 hrs per week (flexible). Scales to the number of credit hours registered for undergraduate research.
Can this work be performed remotely or online, if needed? Yes, but active participation is required
Number of Students Needed: 10-15
Citizenship Requirement: No
GPA Requirement: 3.5+ preferred; 3.2 minimum

Seniority Requirement: Students should have passed AE-201X -Thermodynamics & Fluid Mechanics- with (at least) a B grade prior to joining this project.
Majors: AE-only
Action: Email your resume and letter of interest to Dr. Álvaro Romero Calvo (
alvaro.romerocalvo@gatech.edu)
Details: The term “sloshing” describes the movement of liquids in partially filled containers. Sloshing is key for aerospace applications because it can significantly alter the dynamics of space vehicles or prevent propellant ingestion into their engines. Although research on liquid sloshing has been carried out for the last 70 years, multiple questions remain at the fundamental and applied levels. The 
Low-Gravity Science and Technology Laboratory is looking for students with a strong interest in rocket propulsion to (i) develop analytical open-access tools in Python or Matlab to study the sloshing of propellants in launch stages, (ii) build and operate an automated sloshing damping testbed for tank characterization, (iii) design and launch sounding rocket experiments to validate dynamic models assessing fluid-structure interactions, and (iv) study the behavior of propellants in simulated low-gravity conditions using neutral buoyancy mixtures. First-time students are required complete four homework assignments based on NASA’s SP-106 and F.T. Dodge’s “The New Dynamic Behavior of Liquids in Moving Containers” prior to joining the research subgroups. The final grade is dependent on the completion of these assignments, participation in weekly meetings, and research contributions.

 

Project: Aeroelastic modeling and optimization of truss-braced wings using OpenAeroStruct and OpenMDAO 
Can this work be performed remotely or online, if needed? In person meetings are mandatory 
Project Manager: Prof. Graeme Kennedy 
Action: Email your resume and describe your interest in the project to graeme.kennedy@aerospace.gatech.edu 
Office: Weber 204 
Semesters: Spring 2024. 
Time Commitment: For credit approximately 3 to 9 hours per week. 
Number of Students Needed: 1 or 2. 
Citizenship Requirement: No. 
GPA Requirement: 3.0 minimum. 
Majors: AE 
Background: Familiarity with aerodynamics and structures at an undergraduate level. Familiarity with aeroelasticity would be an asset, but is not required. Must be prepared to work in a team. 
Software: Coding experience using Python is required for this project. 
Details: This research project will consist of developing a doublet lattice flutter module for OpenAeroStruct for performing analysis of a truss-braced wing. Flutter constraints are especially important for the design of high aspect ratio wings. The truss-braced wing concept has been studied extensively, but there is renewed interest in it due to NASA’s X-66A sustainable flight demonstrator. This is a terrific opportunity for students that want to pursue graduate studies and are interested in NASA projects. 

 

Project: Multiple positions in Rotating Detonation Engine (RDE) Simulations, Solid Fuel Ramjet (SFRJ) Simulations, GPU programming and Machine Learning (ML).
Can this work be performed remotely or online, if needed? Yes, with GT VPN with occasional review in lab; email response expected when working. Weekly research schedule should be available.
Project Manager: Dr. Achyut Panchal and Prof. Suresh Menon
Action: Email your resume and interest to
apanchal7@gatech.edu and suresh.menon@ae.gatech.edu

Office: Guggenheim 351 and 352; Computer lab Guggenheim 349
Semesters: Spring 2024, Summer 2024

Background: Familiarity with Compressible Flows, Thermodynamics essential. Turbulence, Viscous Flows, Combustion, Propulsion, Parallel Programming, CFD experience preferred but not essential.
Time Commitment: About 8-10 hours per week (flexible, can include weekends/evenings). Limited to students with minimum 2 years before graduation. Task completion is a successful milestone.

Registration: For active UG students; will get research credit in 2699 (2 credits/sem, 2 semesters max) or 4699 (2 credits/sem, 2 semesters max) depending on academic state. After 2-3 semesters if showing promise and still interested in the work will be paid hourly (but no course credit) on funded projects. BS/MS students with interest in MS with thesis in CCL are especially encouraged to apply.
Number of Students Needed: 4-5
Citizenship Requirement: No (but preferred)
GPA Requirement (optional): 3.5+ preferred, 3.2 minimum
Majors: Open to all majors; AE/ME preferred.

Software: Python experience/knowledge required; Linux OS, ICEM-CFD, ParaView, Tecplot, Fortran, C or C++, and parallel (MPI or GPU) programming preferred but not required.
Details: The research will focus on simulations of RDE and/or SFRJ cases and related reduced configuration. Students will set up and monitoring parallel simulations on the Georgia Tech supercomputing cluster, write Python scripts, process and analyze the simulation outputs. Other work may involve evaluating codes for GPU scaling and applying current ML tools to predict the simulations
Coordination with research staff and graduate students required and expected

 

Project: Solar Energy Generation at Airports - ASDL
Can this work be performed remotely or online, if needed? Yes
Project Manager: Dr. Cedric Justin
Action: Email your resume to cedric.justin@gatech.edu using email subject:
 ASDL Solar Energy Generation at Airport - last name, first name.
In the text,  include citizenship info, gpa, expected graduation date & level (1st year, 2nd year, etc.)
Office: Weber 113A
Semesters: at least one, could be two
Time Commitment: 8 hrs /week ~ 2 Credit hours
Number of Students Needed:  1-2 Self-Driven Motivated Students
Citizenship Requirement: None
GPA Requirement: 3.5+ preferred; 3.2 minimum
Details: Airports are sitting on vast amounts of land that are not put to productive use. As part of this research, we will be reviewing how these large amounts of lands can be put to productive use by sitting solar arrays for in-situ production of electric energy to power future electric aircraft. We will investigate regulations regarding the sitting of solar arrays at airports near runways and taxiways. We will then use and possibly modify an existing environment to estimate the quantity of solar arrays that can be placed as well as the amount of power and energy that can be produced.  Interactions with the industry and presentation of results may occur during the Semester.
Requirements for the positions: Python Experience & some Autocad Experience
Sample projects & external collaborators: Possibly with NASA / NREL
Additional information:  None

 

Project: System Modeling Using SysML - ASDL
Can this work be performed remotely or online, if needed? Yes
Project Manager: Dr. Selcuk Cimtalay
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)

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