ARMD - University Student Research Challenge (USRC)

University Student Research Challenge (USRC)

University Student Research Challenge seeks to challenge students to propose new aeronautics ideas/concepts that are relevant to NASA Aeronautics.  USRC will provide students, from accredited U.S. colleges or universities, with grants for their projects and it includes the challenge of raising a modest amount of cost share funds through crowdfunding platform.  The process of creating and preparing a crowdfunding campaign acts as a teaching accelerator - requiring students to act like entrepreneurs and taking action.  Crowdfunding also raises awareness about students’ research among the public.

The solicitation goal can be accomplished through project ideas such as advancing the design, developing technology or capabilities in support of aviation, by demonstrating a novel concept, or enabling advancement of aeronautics-related technologies.

The USRC solicitation is now open at https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary!init.do?solId={C9CC1B80-9F50-7B37-2A9B-33CC623FA556}&path=open. Proposals are due June 24, 2021. Read the ARMD story on USRC.
 

USRC Awards
 

Aerial Intra-city Delivery Electric Drones (AIDED) with High Payload Capacity (Michigan State University)

A high-payload capacity delivery drone capable of  safetly latching and charging on electrified public transportation systems. 

Student Team: Yuchen Wang (Team Lead), Hunter Carmack, Kindred Griffis, Luke Lewallen, Scott Newhard, Caroline Nicholas, Shukai Wang, Kyle White

Faculty Mentor: Woongkul Lee

Selected: 2021

Web Article: Spartan Engineers win NASA research award and NASA Aeronautics amplification

Go to site (TBD)

 

Robotic Fabrication Work Cell for Customizable Unmanned Aerial Systems (Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University)

A robotic, multi-process work cell to autonomously fabricate topologically optimized UASs tailored for immediate application needs.

Student Team: Tadeusz Kosmal (Team Lead), Kieran Beaumont, Om Bhavsar, Eric Link, James Lowe

Faculty Mentor: Christopher Williams

Selected: 2021

Go to site (TBD)

 

Real Time Quality Control in Additive Manufacturing Using In-Process Sensing and Machine Learning (Cornell University)

A high-precision and low-cost intelligent sensor-based quality control technology for Additive Manufacturing

Student Team: Adrita Dass (Team Lead), Talia Turnham, Benjamin Steeper, Chenxi Tian, Siddharth Patel

Faculty Mentor: Atieh Moridi

Selected: 2021

Web Article: Students win NASA challenge with 3D-printer smart sensor

Go to site (TBD)

 

AVIATA: Autonomous Vehicle Infinite Time Apparatus (University of California, Los Angeles)

A drone swarm system capable of carrying a payload in the air indefinitely.

Student Team: Ziyi Peng (Team Lead), Bhrugu Mallajosyula, Willy Teav, David Thorne, James Tseng, Eric Wong, Axel Malahieude, Ryan Nemiroff, Yuchen Yao, Lisa Foo

Faculty Mentor: Jeff Eldredge

Selected: 2020

Go to crowdfunding site

AVIATA Project Website

The recorded poster session at the TACP Showcase 2021

 

Redundant Flight Control System for BVLOS UAV Operations (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University)

A redundant flight control system as a “back-up” to the primary flight computer to enhance safety of sUAS.

Student Team: Robert Moore (Team Lead), Joseph Ayd, and Todd Martin

Faculty Mentor: John Robbins

Selected: 2020

Go to crowdfunding site

Follow the team's progress at https://www.facebook.com/AssuredAutonomy

A recorded talk on this topic

The recorded poster session at the TACP Showcase 2021

 

Multi-Mode Hybrid Unmanned Delivery System: Combining Fixed-Wing and Multi-Rotor Aircraft with Ground Vehicles (Rutgers University)

Extending drone delivery distance with a multi-mode hybrid delivery system.

Student Team: Paul Wang (Team Lead), Nolan Angelia, Muhammet Ali Gungor

Faculty Mentor: Onur Bilgen

Selected: 2020

Go to crowdfunding site

The recorded poster session at the TACP Showcase 2021

 

AVIS: Active Vortex Inducing System for Flow Separation Control to Improve Airframe Efficiency (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Use an array of vortex generators that can be adjusted throughout flight to increase wing efficiency.

Student Team: Michael Gamarnik (Team Lead), Shiva Khanna Yamamoto, Noah Mammen, Tommy Schrager, Bethe Newgent

Faculty Mentor: Kelly Griendling

Selected: 2020

Go to team site

A recorded talk on AVIS

The recorded poster session at the TACP Showcase 2021

 

Hybrid Airplanes - An Optimum and Modular Approach (California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo)

Model and test powertrain to maximize the efficiency of hybrid airplanes.

Student Team: Nicholas Ogden (Team Lead), Joseph Shy, Brandon Bartlett, Ryker Bullis, Chino Cruz, Sara Entezar, Aaron Li, Zach Yamauchi

Faculty Mentor: Paulo Iscold

Selected: 2019

The recorded poster session at the TACP Showcase 2021

 

ATLAS Air Transportation (South Dakota State University)

A multipurpose, automated drone capable of comfortably lifting the weight of an average person.

Student Team: Isaac Smithee (Team Lead), Wade Olson, Nicolas Runge, Ryan Twedt, Anthony Bachmeier, Matthew Berg, Sterling Berg

Faculty Mentors: Marco Ciarcia, Todd Letcher

Selected: 2019
Go to crowdfunding site

Recorded Talk 1 and Talk 2 on ATLAS

The recorded poster session at the TACP Showcase 2021

 

Software-Defined GPS Augmentation Network for UAS Navigation (University Of Oklahoma, Norman)

A novel solution of enhanced GPS navigation for unmanned aerial vehicles.

Student Team: Robert Rucker (Team Lead), Alex Zhang, Jakob Fusselman, Matthew Gilliam
Mentors: Dr. Yan (Rockee) Zhang (Faculty Mentor), Dr Hernan Suarez (Team Technical Mentor)

Selected: 2019

Go to crowdfunding site

The recorded poster session at the TACP Showcase 2021

 

UAV Traffic Information Exchange Network (Purdue University)

A blockchain-inspired secure, scalable, distributed, and efficient communication framework to support large scale UAV operations.

Student Team: Hsun Chao (Team Lead) and Apoorv Maheshwari

Mentors: Daniel DeLaurentis (Faculty Mentor), Shashank Tamaskar

Selected: 2018

Go to crowdfunding site

The recorded poster session at the TACP Showcase 2021

 

 

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