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The MARTI concept, established in 2105 by NASA HQ ARMD existed for summers of 2015 and 2016 only.  NASA HQ ARMD discontinued MARTI at four centers in March of 2017.  HOWEVER, the Langley Aeronautics Research Directorate offered an advanced engineering design and development team in the summer of 2017 based on the agency NASA Academy model of collaboration with NASA Space Grant Consortia.  That model will be used for the summer of 2018.  Students should apply to the NASA Academy at Langley through intern.nasa.gov  and to their state’s Space Grant Consortium on or before Feb 1, 2018.

NEW:  Summer of 2018 Research Project

The Langley Advanced Design and Development Engineering Research (LADDER) team, aka, NASA Academy at Langley, is accepting applications through intern.nasa.gov  through Feb 1, 2018.  Students will need to also apply to their state Space Grant Consortium in order to receive the necessary funding to attend the academy.  The LADDER projects being considered for summer of 2018 are all based in aeronautics and could include wind tunnel testing, flight testing, development of a suite of sensors to fly aboard one of the Langley aircraft research platforms, or the design, build, and test of a UAS to accomplish observations of area wetlands and precision landing on floating research platform.   Another possibility is the design and build of a digital model of an existing real aircraft.   The choice of projects will be narrowed before the Feb due date and will be posted on this site.

The 2018 summer team will accept students by partnering with the student’s state Space Grant Consortium.  Non US Citizens are not eligible for this program.

Eligibility:  Full time students who are US Citizens, GPA of 3.2 or higher, completed two full years of college.   Competitive applicants will have have demonstrated successful experience working in teams, have passed their state Space Grant’s review of intern eligibility, and have excellent communication and people skills.  Letters of recommendation are required in the application.  Priority will be given to those majoring in relevant engineering disciplines (Aeronautics, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical, or Systems), Computer Science, and those majoring in applied mathematics, physics or applied physics,instrumentation and electronics, or mechatronics.

This is an intense multi disciplinary research project that requires focus and commitment.  Past teams (Aeronautics Academy, MARTI, and LADDER) have produced technical conference papers and invention disclosures.

The program will run for 10 weeks, roughly end of May through first week of August.

Applications can be submitted at http://intern.nasa.gov on or before Feb 1, 2018. Questions can be emailed to program director, Dr. Elizabeth Ward @ elizabeth.b.ward@nasa.gov

 

News for 2017:

Langley Advanced Design & Development Engineering Research (LADDER) Team

at NASA Langley Research Center

Summer of 2017

The LADDER team project was to Design, build, and flight test a small autonomous system of three linked UAVs capable of docking to form a single UAS and in-air undocking to land each vehicle separately.  The 12-person multidisciplinary team worked for 11 weeks to  successfully design, build, and flight test their system.  The team was funded by Space Grant Consortia, Universities, and Langley Research Center.

LADDER Team 2017  Front row from the left:  Alex Denis (team lead), Carie Navio, Collette Kawagley; Theresa Bender; Jordan Martin; Ryan Maxwell.  Back row from the left: Jonathan Markel; Ben Kaiser; Stephen Richards; Jacob Goldsberry; Andrew Puetz; and Ali Fares.

Disciplines and universities represented on the Ladder team:

Aerospace Engineering (University of Texas; University of Minnesota; Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Virginia Tech)

Mechanical Engineering (Old Dominion University, University of Alaska, Anchorage; University of Maine;  South Dakota State University)

Electrical Engineering (University of Alaska, Anchorage)

Computer Engineering (University of Alaska, Fairbanks)

Physics (Bethel University, Minnesota)

 2016 MARTI* Team, Langley

*MARTI at four NASA centers was discontinued by the NASA HQ Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate in March of 2017

The summer 2016 MARTI team at Langley produced a small Unmanned Aerial System of hexacopters capable of fully autonomous operations including vertical take off,  forward flight along predetermined way points, collect surveillance data, precision vertical landing, battery recharge, wireless data transfer, and vertical take off  to repeat the sequence.  All test flights were tethered or occurred inside a netted area in order to abide by NASA and FAA safety regulations.  The team submitted four invention disclosures as a result of their summer project.

Flight test platform and pre flight checks.

Flight test platform and pre flight checks.

Flight testing completed, August 9, 2016.

Flight testing completed, August 9, 2016.

 

Ben Hargis, Nick Villanueva, Lauren Schlenker, Drew Cruz, Lindsey Carboneau, Josiah Michael, Matthew Powelson, Andrew Clark, Konrad Nowak

2016 MARTI members: left to right first row: Ben Hargis, Nick Villanueva, Lauren Schlenker, Right to left second row:  Bradley Conn, Drew Cruz, Lindsey Carboneau, Josiah Michael, Matthew Powelson, Andrew Clark, Konrad Nowak

 

 2015 MARTI Team, Langley

The inaugural Langley MARTI completed a 12 week Design, Build, Fly project during the summer of 2015. The team and their vehicle, PROTEUS, are pictured below:

2015 Summer MARTI interns with their vehicle PROTEUS

2015 Summer MARTI interns with their vehicle:  From the left, Derya Tansel, Melinda Darrow, Peter Finch, Matt Holdren, Zach Bassett, Henry Kwan, Alex Flock, David Vutetakis, Adam Bass

About MARTI* at Langley

*MARTI at four NASA centers was discontinued by the NASA HQ Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate in March of 2017

The NASA MARTI at Langley offered an intense, integrated, multidisciplinary opportunity for individuals with career aspirations in the national aeronautics or aerospace enterprise. The MARTI experience helped prepare aspiring young professionals for employment by providing opportunities for direct science and engineering experience with an awareness of the complex managerial, political, financial, social, and human issues faced by current and future aerospace programs.

MARTI teams received training in integrated systems research, project management, leadership, teamwork, and multidisciplinary collaboration. Participants worked as a team on a multifaceted problem as guided by professional scientists and engineers. In addition to exposure to NASA, they also gained broader exposure to aeronautics through visits to industry and other research facilities.

The experience included a series of subject matter expert lectures and/or short courses, lunches with senior leaders, and focused discussions with program and project engineers. Participants were enrolled in Aeronautical, Aerospace Engineering, or related disciplines, including Mechanical, Electrical, Systems, and Computer Engineering, Mechatronics, Applied Mathematics, Applied Physics, Software Engineering, or Computer Science. This was an intense, rigorous program for the entire team. It was not the typical 9 to 5 research experience where individuals work one on one with a mentor. 

MARTI logo[3]

 

More about MARTI at Langley:

At the completion of the project, MARTI researchers presented their findings orally to NASA leaders at center forums and via video conferencing and/or in person to NASA Headquarters or other NASA centers. During the course of the project, there were opportunities to visit other NASA, industry or federal laboratories. A NASA Technical report or professional conference technical paper may be published from the project.

As part of MARTI, participants collaborated with Langley engineers, attended lectures, participated in leadership discussions, and documented their research with oral and written communication. MARTI was a real-world integrated systems research environment. Team members shared an apartment with one other MARTI participant. H

Any questions on MARTI or the LADDER Team at Langley can be sent to:
Elizabeth.B.Ward@nasa.gov

2014 Aero students with an F22

2014 Aero students with an F22

MARTI supported research for the NASA ARMD Programs

 

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MORE ABOUT MARTI:

Desired Attributes of Applicants:

  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully as part of a team.
  • Leadership qualities and a desire to pursue a career in aeronautics.
  • College/Academic Level at time of Internship or Fellowship: 3rd year undergraduate (Junior) through second year graduate student (Community College students in a 2+2 transfer program may apply if they will have completed the first two years and are enrolling in the third year prior to August 2017)
  • Academic Disciplines/Majors – Computer Engineering or Computer Science; Engineering majors: Aerospace/Aeronautical/Mechanical/Electrical/Instrumentation/ and Systems Engineering. Related majors considered, e.g. Mechatronics, Applied Physics or Mathematics.
2011 Inaugural Aero Academy with Dr. Shin

2011 ARMD Inaugural Multidisciplinary Aeronautics Team (formerly known as Aeronautics Academy) at NASA HQ. left to right front row:  T. Harris, Y. Shimizu, Dr. Jaiwon Shin, K. Scheider, L. Humphrey, back row: B. Johnson, E. Bookeloo, A. Favaloro, C. McAtee, T. Lake, Jr.

 

Eligibility:

GPA 3.2 minimum, U.S. citizenship required. Minimum age of 18. Junior or senior undergraduate or first or second year graduate, high academic standing, and desire to pursue aeronautics and related disciplines as a career. Veterans, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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Left to right: MARTI 2015 with NASA engineer, Bill Fredericks, Henry Kwan, Derya Tansel, Zack Bassett, Melinda Darrow, Perter Finch, Matt Holdren, David Vutetakis, Alex Flock, Adam Bass

Left to right: MARTI 2015 with NASA engineer, Bill Fredericks, Henry Kwan, Derya Tansel, Zack Bassett, Melinda Darrow, Perter Finch, Matt Holdren, David Vutetakis, Alex Flock, Adam Bass

2015 Summer MARTI Participants:
Adam Bass, Aerospace Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology

Zach Bassett,* Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas, Austin

Melinda Darrow,  Systems Engineering, Southern Methodist University

Peter Finch, Mechanical Engineering, Polytechnic Institute of New York University

Alex Flock, Engineering, Kent State University

Matt Holdren,* Aerospace Engineering, Case Western University

Henry Kwan,  Mechanical Engineering, University at Buffalo

Derya Tansel, Electrical Engineering, University of Florida

David Vutetakis, Electrical Engineering Technology, U. of North Carolina, Charlotte

Ben Hargis, Nick Villanueva, Lauren Schlenker, Drew Cruz, Lindsey Carboneau, Josiah Michael, Matthew Powelson, Andrew Clark, Konrad Nowak

Left to right first row:  Ben Hargis, Nick Villanueva, Lauren Schlenker, Second row, right to left:  Bradley Conn, Drew Cruz, Lindsey Carboneau, Josiah Michael, Matthew Powelson, Andrew Clark, Konrad Nowak

2016 NASA MARTI at Langley:

Lindsey Carboneau, Software Engineering, FL Gulf Coast University

Andrew Clark, Computer Science, U. Texas San Antonio

Bradley Conn, Computer Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology

Drew Cruz, Electrical Engineering, U. Texas, Arlington

Ben Hargis*, Mechanical Engineering, Tennessee Technological University

Josiah Michael, Electrical Engineering, U. of Wisconsin Platville

Konrad Nowak, Aerospace Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology

Matthew Powelson, Mechanical Engineering, Tennessee Technological University

Lauren Schlenker, Aerospace Engineering & Physics, U. of Minnesota

Nick Villanueva, Aerospace Engineering, Mass. Inst. of Technology

 

*denotes team lead