Grad students, faculty earn state funding for aerospace research

Posted: May 5, 2021
Skyborg autonomy core system launch
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Three pairs of graduate students and faculty from The Ohio State University College of Engineering have earned 2021 Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) fellowship awards to support their research endeavors.

The program—officially known as the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)/Dayton Area Graduate Studies Institute (DAGSI) Ohio Student-Faculty Research Fellowship—is funded primarily through DAGSI by the Ohio Board of Regents. It aims to support graduate science and engineering students and faculty who conduct research in areas targeted by the AFRL at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

Three projects from the College of Engineering will receive funding.

Aerospace Systems

Mechanical and aerospace engineering graduate student TJ Miller and Professor Jack McNamara have been selected for their proposal, “Temporal Convergence and Stability Assessment of the Generalized Finite Element Method (GFEM) for Multi-scale Field Problems.” Their research looks specifically at transient heat transfer problems with highly localized loading conditions. The team aims to demonstrate how to most efficiently time-march numerical solution of differential equations when using GFEM. The end goal is to extend this approach to approximating the extreme environments in high-speed flow problems accurately at reduced computational cost.

Materials and Manufacturing

Nicole Renninger

For their proposal, “Gene Expression and Degradation Analysis of Tremellomycetes Yeast Isolates Associated with Materials Degradation on Aircraft,” environmental engineering graduate student Nicole Renninger and Assistant Professor Karen Dannemiller will build off a similar project last year. Their aim is to identify polymer degradation associated genes in fungal yeasts and model degradation under different relative humidity conditions. This information can inform solutions for design and preventive maintenance protocols to promote system integrity and increase lifespan. 

Brennan Swick

Electrical engineering graduate student Brennan Swick and Integrated Systems Engineering Associate Professor Michael Groeber were selected for their proposal, “Training

Robotic Agents via Natural Language and Gestures.” Their project intends to make human-robot interaction more natural and easy for non-roboticists. The research team aims to achieve this goal via robotic learning of expert tasks via synced natural language processing and gesture recognition.

To learn more about the fellowship program or to view the full list of award recipients, visit the DAGSI website.

by Meggie Biss, College of Engineering Communications |

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