Students demonstrated they were near ready for their chosen careers at the 2013 Northrop Grumman Engineering & Science Student Design Showcase April 19, where they showed off more than 100 projects.
The Northrop Grumman Champion Award for College of Engineering went to the Vector Bravo Thrust Sector Control System, aerospace engineering, advisors Mark Archambault, Ron Reichard and Greg Peebles; the NG Champion Award for College of Science went to Marie McBride, space sciences, advisor Niescja Turner, for “First-Time Analysis of Restored Apollo 14 and 15 DTREM Instrument Data.”
The President’s Cup Award for College of Engineering, personally chosen by President Anthony J. Catanese, went to “Building a Better Home,” construction management, advisor Ralph Locurcio. The President’s Cup Award for College of Science went to “Mathematics: Music to My Ears,” Matthew Malczyk, mathematical sciences, advisors Munevver Mine Subasi and Kshetrajna Raghavan.
This year’s engineering exhibits included the Baja off-road race car, Formula open wheel rave car, MAVRIC concept car, Lunabotics robot, HullBUG Bio-inspired Underwater Grooming system, sustainable housing construction, autonomous logistic robot and concrete canoe. Students from the department of marine and environmental systems also displayed posters on their research.
Science research project posters explored a variety of topics. These included identification of nuclear contraband using muon tomography, using coronal loops to understand the superheating of the sun’s corona, mathematical modeling of coral reef dynamics during rapid environmental change, historical climate change in the Amazon, motivating students through self-regulation to increase performance on assessments, and using electrostatic force microscopy to understand the surface activities of molecules.