Advisory board members, students and faculty members mingle as the students present their research posters during the first day of the NASA Center for Aviation Safety’s meeting with its advisory board on Monday.
N.C. A&T’s NASA Center for Aviation Safety is holding a two-day meeting with its independent advisory board on campus this week. The 10-member group is hearing reports on the center’s research progress, touring new facilities, and discussing the center’s future plans.
The center’s work is concentrated on advanced materials and structures, integrated vehicle health management, aeropropulsion, and education and outreach. Its new facilities include a dynamic testing lab and a thermal lab. Principal investigator for the center is Dr. Kunigal Shivakumar.
The board includes representatives of NASA’s Glenn and Langley research centers, Boeing, Pratt & Whitney, the Air Force Research Laboratory, Army Research Office, Office of Naval Research, FAA, Purdue University, and University of Maryland.
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The International Space Station
NASA has selected a team of students from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and Purdue University to design and build an experiment to be operated on the International Space Station.
The universities were chosen by NASA to create an original experiment in “capillary fluid dynamics” through the space agency’s National Lab Education Projects for the International Space Station.
Primarily undergraduate engineering students at both universities will design and build the shoebox-size experiment, develop the procedures for operation in space, train the astronauts, process the data, and write research papers describing the results.
The experiment is part of overall work to provide data that could help in the design of systems that require the precise control of fluids and gases, such as life-support equipment and fuel tanks for spacecraft. Findings also could apply to technologies for use on Earth such as fuel cells, medical instruments and miniature diagnostic devices.