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MARTI
Multidisciplinary Aeronautics Research Team Initiative

 

Multidisciplinary Aeronautics Research Team Initiative (MARTI)

at NASA Langley Research Center

Applications for 2017 are now closed.*

(MARTI is not available on intern.nasa.gov)

*Note about MARTI 2017:  As of March 15, 2017, NASA HQ determined that they will not sponsor MARTI in 2017. We await news on whether the MARTI program can be resumed in 2018.

2017 proposed MARTI team challenge: Design, build, and test a small autonomous system of three linked UAVs capable of docking to form a single UAS and in-air un-docking to demonstrate separate deliveries of three small payloads (up to 2 lbs each) in diverse environments including urban, rural, and wilderness areas.  To learn more about the proposed project, read the description autonomous-linked-uavs-project

 2016 MARTI Team, Langley

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

The NASA MARTI at Langley offers an intense, integrated, multidisciplinary opportunity for individuals with career aspirations in the national aeronautics or aerospace enterprise. The MARTI experience helps 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 receive training in integrated systems research, project management, leadership, teamwork, and multidisciplinary collaboration. Participants work as a team on a multifaceted problem as guided by professional scientists and engineers. In addition to exposure to NASA, they also gain broader exposure to aeronautics through visits to industry and other research facilities.

The experience includes a series of subject matter expert lectures and/or short courses, lunches with senior leaders, and focused discussions with program and project engineers. Participants must be 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 is an intense, rigorous program for the entire team. It is not the typical 9 to 5 research experience where individuals work one on one with a mentor.  Interested applicants should apply at www.MARTIapp.com

There are no applications for MARTI on the OSSI system.

MARTI logo[3]

 

More about MARTI at Langley:

At the completion of the project, MARTI researchers present 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 may be 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 collaborate with Langley engineers, attend lectures, participate in leadership discussions, and document their research with oral and written communication. MARTI is a real-world integrated systems research environment. The team will communicate regularly with NASA engineers and managers, will document their work, and if time and funding permits, may visit other NASA or other federal facilities.  Team members will share an apartment with one other MARTI participant. Housing is provided. (See note for married students below.)

Any questions on MARTI in general or at Langley can be sent to:
Elizabeth.B.Ward@nasa.gov

2014 Aero students with an F22

2014 Aero students with an F22

MARTI supports 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.

Note to married applications: This program is a 10-12 week experience, requires a team member’s full attention, and sharing an apartment with one other MARTI team member.

Specific Dates for Langley MARTI 2017

12 weeks, May 22 through Aug 11

OTHER NASA internship opportunities posted in OSSI at intern.nasa.gov

MARTI projects at NASA Ames, NASA Armstrong, NASA Glenn and NASA Langley are all listed on www.martiapp.com

If you apply to other MARTI teams, you must indicate your order of preference.

That is: 1. NASA Langley MARTI, 2. NASA Glenn MARTI, etc.

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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