Alabama Space Grant Consortium Award

Posted on July 2, 2020 by USA College of Engineering
USA College of Engineering

Both Joseph Lane Pope and Clayton Suell received the Alabama Space Grant Consortium Award encouraging them to prepare for an aerospace career. The Alabama Space Grant Consortium, as a participant in the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, awards NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarships for study in fields related to space at one of its seven member institutions.

Joseph Lane Pope, a senior in Mechanical Engineering, is working under Dr. Carlos Montalvo, Assistant Professor in the William B. Burnsed Jr. Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering Department on the Cubiod Satellite (CubeSat) research funded by NASA. The CubeSat project focuses on the design, development, and delivery of a cube satellite that can measure plasma electron density at meter to sub-meter density.

Clayton Suell, an undergraduate student in ECE department, has been working with Dr. Wang in the Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT) area. AIoT has multiple implications for human exploration both on earth and in space. Of importance to NASA is its use on deep space missions to help the crew in both their routine activities and handling of unexpected events. AIoT allows increasingly intelligent systems to be aware of what humans are doing, what tools/resources they are using, and what help they might need in terms of procedure execution in tasks such as assembly, maintenance, repair, and perhaps even in more complex activities like medical interventions.

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