Spring 2020: Research Opportunities for AE Students

Prof. Theodorou speaking to a group of 7 grad students

Registering for Spring 2020? Don't overlook research for credit!

Have you considered undergraduate research for credit?
We've put together a listing of undergraduate research opportunities for pay and for credit that are available during the Spring 2020 semester.

NOTE TO 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.
NOTE TO FACULTY:
If you have an opening you want us to promote here, send it to communications@ae.gatech.edu


THE FOLLOWING LIST WILL BE UPDATED PERIODICALLY UNTIL PHASE II REGISTRATION CLOSES


Project: ASDL SoS Grand Challenge: Rolls Royce Digital Enterprise
Project Manager(s): Olivia Pinon-Fischer, Michael Balchanos
Action: Send your CV and area of interest to: Dr. Olivia Pinon-Fischer (olivia.pinon@asdl.gatech.edu); Dr. Michael Balchanos (michael.balchanos@asdl.gatech.edu)
Office: Weber 105
Semesters: Spring 2020​
Time Commitment: About 5-10 hrs per week (flexible).
Number of Students Needed: 2-3
Citizenship Requirement: NO
Details: This System-of-Systems Grand Challenge project (sponsored by Rolls-Royce) will involve software design and hands-on construction components. The goal of this project is to create an infrastructure for communication of data between the physical systems and the modelled or simulated systems of a product at each stage of that product's life. The linkage of the design model, manufacturing process model and manufacturing data, as well as operational model and operational data will consist of digital twins at each segment of the lifecycle, and a digital thread as the connector allowing data flow to and from every segment. This project's approach will be the creation and modelling of a small UAV as a product to lay the basic software foundation of the digital enterprise over a lifecycle that can be expanded on and adapted for more complex systems.  The students should expect to gain experience in aircraft design, as well as using and interfacing a variety of industry standard software! In addition, the student may be able to participate in internal and external research meetings.

Requirements: ​

  • Citizenship Restrictions: None
  • Must have skills: Strong work ethic, Timeliness
  • Preferred Skills: RC aircraft manufacturing (wood, foam, composites), Pixhawk and electronics knowledge, Python
  • Exceptional Skills: RC Pilot (AMA License), MagicDraw, MBSE, Cloud Platform, NX

Project: ASDL SoS Grand Challenge: Australia Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR)​
Project Manager(s): Michael Balchanos
Action: Send your CV and area of interest to: Dr. Michael Balchanos (michael.balchanos@asdl.gatech.edu)​
Office: Weber 105
Semesters: Spring 2020​
Time Commitment: About 5-10 hrs per week (flexible).
Number of Students Needed: 2-3
Citizenship Requirement: NO
Details: This Grand Challenge team is exploring the potential of integration of UAVs in support of Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR) missions, as part of ASDL’s collaboration with the Australian government. Moreover, this effort will lead to a decision support capability for strategic planning and investment on UAS technologies by the AUS government through a 20-30 year horizon. The team will benchmark against current assets and perform scenario-based HADR mission simulations in order to evaluate different fleet configurations with/without the use of UAS technology. The end goal is a simulation data-driven decision support capability through an interactive tool which will benchmark capabilities of different UAV models, analyze fleet operational effectiveness over multiple disaster scenarios, and help assess fleet acquisition strategy alternatives over long term horizons.

Skillset Requirements:​

  • Fundamental: (Basic Python, MATLAB​, Web application programming (e.g.HTML & JavaScript)​).
  • Preferable: (familiarity with Discrete-Event Simulations (DES), Agent-based modeling (ABM) and simulation methods, Dashboard Development using D3.JS and WebGL).

Project: GTPD Methods for Technology Strategy and Integration
Project Manager(s): Michael Balchanos
Action: Send your CV and area of interest to: Dr. Michael Balchanos (michael.balchanos@asdl.gatech.edu)​
Office: Weber 105
Semesters: Spring 2020​
Time Commitment: About 5-10 hrs per week (flexible).
Number of Students Needed: 2-3
Citizenship Requirement: NO
Details: In collaboration with GTPD, a new research initiative will seek to explore and identify police technology mapping strategies in an effort to map out the existing or desired integration of these technologies, and find a means of rapidly accessing multiple, disparate systems through a single platform, to accelerate after action review, or increase real-time tactical efficiency. Part of this effort will aim to expand the boundaries of GTPD’s Common Operating Picture (C.O.P.) Platform, towards further integrating diverse operational data (e.g. audio, video, GIS, metadata, etc.) and information. The students will assist in researching data analytics and integration methods, as well as application and testing of proposed techniques in a number of use cases formulated through input by GTPD. End goal is a technology mapping and exploration tool (e.g. implement a data-driven decision support environment) for short and long term selection and integration strategies.

Skillset Requirements:​

  • Fundamental: (Basic Python​, Web application programming (e.g.HTML & JavaScript)​).
  • Preferable: (familiarity with GIS, Dashboard Development using D3.JS and WebGL, and Machine Learning libraries (e.g.TensorFlow, Classification/Regression, CNNs, Image Recognition).

Project: Development on Python tool for generation of FEA input files​
Project Manager: Dr. Adam Cox​, ​adam.cox@asdl.gatech.edu 
Office Number: Weber 120-A​
Citizenship restrictions: No​
Meet with project manager before registering: Yes​
Number of Students Needed: 1-4​
Brief description of project: A package has been developed which can read, modify, and write input files for MSC 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: Digital Design and Manufacturing of Aerospace Systems using Dassault Systemes 3D Experience Platform
Project Manager:  Srujal Patel, srujal.patel@aerospace.gatech.edu
Office Number: Weber 308
Citizenship restrictions: None
Meet with project manager before registering?: Yes
Number of Students Needed: up to five
Brief description of project: Dassault Systemes (DS)’s 3DExperience (3DX) platform provides engineers a complete solution for the product life-cycle management of Aircraft, from its conceptual design stage to its disposal. This platform is adopted by most major aerospace companies like Boeing, Airbus, Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky, to name a few. The purpose of this effort is to train undergraduate students to be proficient with the 3DExperience platform as well as generate a knowledge-base so that future students can build on the prior work. As part of this effort students will focus on one or two of the following areas:

1. Computer Aided Design (CATIA brand)
2. Computer Aided Manufacturing/Additive Manufacturing (DELMIA brand)
3. Structural Analysis (Finite Element Analysis) (SIMULIA brand)
4. Mechatronics/Robotics (CATIA brand, CATIA Systems)
5. Systems Engineering (ENOVIA brand)

Students will first spend time getting familiar with the platform by following the generic 3DX training material. Upon completion of the training, students will be assigned a hands-on exploratory project in the Aerospace domain to apply their skills. At the end of the project, students will document their work (by creating hands-on tutorials for future use) and submit a brief report to earn the research credits.


Project: ASDL Vehicle Grand Challenge: Hypersonic Vehicle
Project Manager: Dr. Henry Schwarz
Contact: ​hschwartz3@gatech.edu
Citizenship restrictions: US Citizen only
Meet with project manager before registering?: Yes
Number of Students Needed: 1-2
Brief description of project: Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) is interested in building a Multidisciplinary Design and Optimization (MDO) environment for a hypersonic vehicle. The Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory (ASDL) at Georgia Tech (GT) has an existing MDO environment for the sizing and synthesis of a hypersonic vehicle, but the environment currently lacks a propulsion model. Tasks will include understanding and running the current MDO environment, parameterizing the geometry, creating a low-fidelity scramjet model and adding it to the existing environment, and developing potential missions.

Skillset Requirements:
• Fundamental: Basic python, AE 2010 Thermodynamics and Fluids Fundamentals
• Preferable: Familiarity with jet propulsion concepts

 


Project: ASDL Vehicle Grand Challenge - AIAA Graduate Team Missile Systems Design Competition​
Project Manager: Dr. Brad Robertson, bradford.robertson@asdl.gatech.edu
Office number: W110A
Citizenship Restrictions: US Citizens Only​
Number of Students Needed: Looking for 2 – 3 people.​
Brief description of project: Georgia Tech’s Missile Design Team is participating in AIAA’s Graduate Missile Competition to develop a design for a full scale missile.  This year’s competition is to develop a flexible supersonic target missile to help trains missile defense operators. Work will consist of developing custom missile design software, finalizing a detailed design, developing presentations and report writing. No prior missile experience is required. MATLAB or other coding skilled recommended. For more information, check out AIAA’s competition website or contact Sarah Malak at smalak3@gatech.edu.

This project will be a great chance to get introduced to the world of missile design that you may not be able to experience in undergraduate courses and may be very useful for finding a future job.


Project: Python Database Development
Project Manager: Prof. Marilyn Smith
Action: Send your CV and a statement of your relevant experience or interests to Marilyn.smith@ae.gatech.edu 
Semesters: Spring '20
Number of Students Needed: 1
Pay or Credit: Paid position
Time Commitment: Between 5-10 hours/week
Citizenship Requirement: None
GPA Requirement: Coding ability is more important than GPA
Brief description of project: Develop a Python code and user interface that permits the manipulation of database elements to create new searchable databases. Demonstrated experience with Python.  Potential to interact with Aerospace experts from DoD and NASA.


Project: Unsteady Aerodynamics Reduced-Order Modeling and Prototyping for M&S
Project Manager: Prof. Marilyn Smith
Action: Send your CV and a statement of your relevant experience or interests to Marilyn.smith@ae.gatech.edu 
Semesters: Spring '20
Number of Students Needed: 1-3 (Sophomore - Senior)
Pay or Credit: Credit
Time Commitment: 3 hours per credit hour enrolled for credit (minimum 2 credit hours)​
Citizenship Requirement: None
GPA Requirement: 3.0
Brief description of project: Interact with the US Army, US Navy, NASA and Industry users of GT's unsteady aerodynamics modeling and prototyping codes to develop enhancements and user interfaces.  Applications include slung loads, UAV and UAM design/M&S, and parachutes. Experience in Matlab required. Potential for conference and journal papers with satisfactory completion of the work.


Project: System Modeling Using SysML
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: ASDL Grand Challenge: UAS Capabilities for Campus Mobility and Safety​
Project Manager: Dr. Michael Balchanos,michael.balchanos@asdl.gatech.edu Dr. Simon Briceno, briceno@gatech.edu
Office number: Weber 105
Citizenship restrictions: No
Meet with project manager before registering?Yes
Number of Students Needed
: One or two
Brief description of project: In collaboration with GTPD, a Grand Challenge project (Fall 2019 – Spring 2020) will seek to explore campus safety operations by leveraging UAS Capabilities for Campus Mobility and Safety. After benchmarking current campus-wide surveillance methods and capabilities, the goal is to investigate the feasibility of tactical operations with Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) through public safety-related use cases. The approach will be supported by analysis techniques both at the ground (data-driven vehicle and pedestrian traffic flow modeling), as well as the aerial level (path planning, compliance with FAA rules for drone flight schedule, etc.). In a simulation-based approach, the team will evaluate the impact of UAS integration and assess tactical-level capability improvements, as well as to provide recommendations to GTPD and demonstrate a use case through a real world scenario.


Project: ASDL SoS Grand Challenge: Siemens CT Building Digital Twins​
Project Manager: Dr. Olivia Pinon-Fischer, Dr. Scott Duncan and Dr. Michael Balchanos
Contact: ​olivia.pinon@asdl.gatech.edu. ​Also, please cc Dr. Scott Duncan (sduncan@asdl.gatech.edu) and Dr. Michael Balchanos (michael.balchanos@asdl.gatech.edu)
Office number: Weber 105​
Citizenship restrictions: No
Meet with project manager before registering?: Yes
Number of Students Needed: Two or three
Brief description of project: Siemens Corporate Technology (CT) is interested in exploring the potential of “digital twins” (i.e., data-driven, model-based counterparts of real systems) to monitor, assess, optimize, and plan complex infrastructure. Siemens has seen an opportunity to create a digital twin of their CT building, including new microgrid technologies that are being commissioned in Fall 2019. In parallel, the Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory (ASDL) at Georgia Tech (GT) has developed and used digital twins of buildings and other energy grid infrastructure for its own campus, in partnership with its Facilities Management group. This Grand Challenge project with Siemens CT aims at exploring the performance of a system-of-systems including buildings, microgrids, and their interactions. The elements of a digital twin will be created to support this exploration. Energy efficiency and reliability will be the major key performance indicators (KPIs) of interest, but other KPIs may be identified via team literature searches and discussion with Siemens CT advisors.

Skillset Requirements:
•             Fundamental: (Basic Python, Web application programming (e.g.HTML & JavaScript)).
•             Preferable: (familiarity with GIS, BIM, Dashboard Development using D3.JS and WebGL, Systems Modeling using Modelica, and Machine Learning libraries (e.g.TensorFlow, Classification/Regression, CNNs, Image Recognition).​


Project: Triumph Preliminary Structural Design and Analysis Tool Development with ASDL
Project Manager: Dr. Zhimin Liu, zhimin.liu@ae.gatech.edu
Office number: Weber 314B​​
Meet with project manager before registering?: Yes
Number of Students Needed: One
Citizenship restrictions: US citizens​​
Brief description of project: Develop a preliminary structural design and analysis tool using classic structural analysis method. Stronger Python coding experience preferred. Structural analysis background preferred. Please email your resume and schedule a meeting.


Project: Boeing Skin Stringer Defect Modeling with ASDL
Project Manager: Dr. Zhimin Liu, zhimin.liu@ae.gatech.edu
Office number: Weber 314B
Meet with project manager before registering?: Yes
Number of Students Needed: Two​
Citizenship restrictions: US citizens
Brief description of project: Develop tools to analyze Boeing's production data and model composite defects formation. Strong Python coding experience preferred. Composite and structural analysis background preferred. Please send your resume before scheduling a meeting.


Project: GT Smart Campus - Energy Data Analytics with ASDL
Project Manager: Dr. Jung-Ho Lewe, jungho.lewe@ae.gatech.edu
Office number: Weber 100​
Citizenship restrictions: No
Meet with project manager before registering?: Yes
Number of Students Needed: One or two
Brief description of project: Assist an ASDL team who is embedded with a group of Georgia Tech Facilities Management (GTFM) engineers, i.e., the professionals who keep campus running. The student will:

A. Help the team develop new data analysis capabilities in ​GTFM’s platform for gathering and analyzing data and informing campus operators on how to make campus utility (heating, cooling, electricity, water) systems even more efficient, effective, and sustainable. The student will learn and implement data analytics: advanced/smart databases, algorithms and applications for thermal energy plant automation, building monitoring and reporting, etc. This will have particular applications to the new Kendeda Living Building.
B. Help the team develop a web-based campus building energy usage monitoring/visualizing portal and underlying software services.


Project: GT Smart Campus – Merging Campus Data with 3D Visualization​ with ASDL
Project Manager: Dr. Scott Duncan, duncan@gatech.edu
Office Number: Weber 306A​​
Citizenship restrictions: No​
Meet with project manager before registering?Yes
Number of Students Needed: 
One or two​​
Brief description of project: Work with 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. A particular focus this year will be the Kendeda Living Building (KBISD), opening soon on the north side of GT campus. ASDL will have access to massive amounts of data from KBISD and will need systems to ingest, analyze, and visualize it. In addition, the ASDL team has RaspberryPi / 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: Scenario Driven Capability Based on Future Fleet Sponsored by NATO with ASDL
Project Manager: Dr. Michael Steffens
Student Project Manager: Raffaele Gradini Student email: rgradini3@gatech.edu
Student office number: Weber 311
Citizenship restrictions: No
Meet with project manager before registering?: Yes
Number of Students Needed: 1-4
Brief description of project:  NATO is tasked with being capable of performing a number of complex missions from Anti-Submarine Warfare to Human Aid and Disaster Relief. Due to the increase in number and types of systems and technologies there is an interest in enabling a new paradigm in how these missions are performed. The goal of this project is continue the development of a generic approach to modelling mission architectures and, to demonstrate it through a NATO scenario.The project will use an Agent Based Modelling tool for Discrete Event Simulation to model the assets in the scenario, ideally the end product will include an executable architecture. Possible areas of development include also Network and Graph Theory.The project is supervised by both an RE (Dr. Steffens) and a PhD student (Raffaele Gradini). Mr. Gradini will supervise the first part of the project.


Project: Development of a Soft Robotics Tensegrity Rover for Planetary Exploration
Project Manager: Prof. Julian Rimoli
Action: Send your resume and a list of relevant skills to snmavridis@gatech.edu and julian.rimoli@aerospace.gatech.edu
Semesters: Spring 2020 and Fall 2020​
Number of Students Needed: 2​
Credit or Pay: Class credit only​
Time Commitment: 3 hours per credit hour enrolled for credit (minimum 6 hours)​
Citizenship Requirement: No​
Brief description of project: The Computational Solid Mechanics Lab is developing a novel planetary rover. Students are needed to develop the electronics and power management system required to operate the rover. Desired skills include: Arduino Programming; Power Management Design; Printed Circuit Board Design; Schematic Development; C/C++; Electronics Troubleshooting; Rapid Prototyping. Sophomore or Junior who has completed ECE 3741.


Project:Computational Fluid Dynamics Modeling of Unsteady Flows
Project Manager: Prof. Lakshmi Sankar 
Action: Please bring the AE 2699/4699 Permit form found at https://ae.gatech.edu/helpful-forms  to Professor Sankar's Office
Office: Guggenheim 449
Semesters: Spring 2020 and/or Fall 2020
Time Commitment: approx. 3 hours/week per credit hour earned
Number of Students Needed: 3 to 5 (max)
US Citizenship Required?: No
GPA Requirement: 3.0, Students must have completed AE 2010, AE 2220
Brief description of project: Students will learn how to model 2-D and 3-D steady and unsteady subsonic/transonic/supersonic flows using commercial and open source CFD solvers (Fluent, OpenFoam).


Project: Computational Modeling and Simulations for Computational Combustion Laboratory
Project Manager: Prof. Suresh Menon
Action: Send your CV and a statement of your relevant experience or interests to Suresh Menon at suresh.menon@ae.gatech.edu
Semesters:  Spring '20
Number of Students Needed TBD
Credit or Pay: If you are new to CCL, this will start as a credit-only arrangement (1-2 credit-hours). After initial work for credit, paid positions may be available, but will be tied to project goals with specific requirements. If you are paid, you will not get credit, and vice-versa.
Time Commitment: Students working for credit should expect to commit 6-10 hours over a 7-day work week; physical presence in CCL is not required if work is done remotely.
Citizenship Requirement: No
GPA Requirement: Above 3.0
Brief description of project: Must be full-time student status. Students will need to be able to commit to two semesters, 6-10 hours a week, since the projects are long-term. Sophomore or junior-level are ideal. Experience and/or familiarity with Linux systems, programming experience in Python and familiarity with C/C++/Fortran, experience and/or familiarity with CAD software (specify what kind), some familiarity and/or courses (not strict requirement) in fluid dynamics, rocket/jet propulsion, programming (MatLab) and thermodynamics/compressible flows. Technical reports are required.

NOTE: There are multiple positions open in CCL for undergraduates who are interested in a long-term commitment to basic research. As noted above, the requirements vary from position to position and suitability also depends on each student’s ability, interest and academic preparation. If you are interested in any of the positions here, you should first visit the CCL website and under the Announcements heading, review CCL's expectations of graduate students. A lesser but similar expectation is for undergraduate


Project: System Admin and Web Management for Computational Combustion Laboratory
Project Manager: Prof. Suresh Menon
Action: Send your CV and a statement of your relevant experience or interests to Suresh Menon at suresh.menon@ae.gatech.edu
Semesters: Spring '20
Number of Students Needed: TBD
Pay or Credit: Paid positions only if ability is demonstrated
Time Commitment: A fixed number of hours (not to exceed 20 hours/week) will be required.
Citizenship Requirement: No
Brief description of project: Demonstrable experience in developing and implementing web hosting using DRUPAL (for website management) and video processing. Extensive experience working with Linux (Ubuntu/RedHat) OS, NFS and other system admin work (adding users, documentation, backups, mounting disks, etc.). Experience and/or understanding of Trac and Git version control. Workstation support – reinstallation, upgrading & updating software, etc. Experience working with parallel systems, mounting drives across network, understanding requirements for MPI/OpenMP/threads will be useful for some applications.

NOTE: There are multiple positions open in CCL for undergraduates who are interested in a long-term commitment to basic research. As noted below, the requirements vary from position to position and suitability also depends on each student’s ability, interest and academic preparation. If you are interested in any of the positions here, you should first visit the CCL website and under the "Announcements"j heading, review CCL's expectations of graduate students. A lesser but similar expectation is for undergraduates


Project: Rapid Aerodynamics Prototyping Design for Sea Vehicles
Project Manager: Marilyn J. Smith
Action: Send your CV and a statement of your relevant experience or interests to Marilyn.smith@ae.gatech.edu
Semesters: 1-2
Time Commitment: 3 hours per credit hour enrolled for credit (minimum 2 credit hours)​
Credit or Pay: Class credit only
Number of Students Needed: 1
Citizenship Requirement: None
GPA Requirement: 3.0
Brief description of project: This project involves demonstrating and extending a rapid prototyping design tool for large sea vehicles in cruise and undergoing maneuvers. Experience in Matlab required, and Tecplot experience is a plus. Potential for conference and journal papers with satisfactory completion of the work.  Junior or senior who has completed aerodynamics. For class credit only.


Project: Web Management for VLRC/NCAEL
Project Manager: Prof. Marilyn Smith
Action: Send your CV and a statement of your relevant experience or interests to Marilyn.smith@ae.gatech.edu 
Semesters: Spring '20
Number of Students Needed: 1
Pay or Credit: Paid positions only if ability is demonstrated
Time Commitment: Between 5-10 hours/week; can be combined with Python Database position
Citizenship Requirement: No
Brief description of project: Demonstrable experience in developing and implementing web hosting using DRUPAL for website management and video processing.