Clarkson University recently competed at the Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) Forum 2007 in Galveston, Texas. RASC-AL is an annual conference that provides an opportunity for students to present the results of their studies to peers and representatives from NASA and industry.
The forum included student oral and poster presentations, as well as technical presentations from NASA, industry, and university professionals. The Clarkson team, which was among the top-ten selected to participate, presented their project, "Manned Missions to Near Earth Objects Using Exploration Systems Architecture Study Hardware."
In addition to the support received from Clarkson's SPEED (Student Projects for Engineering Experience and Design) program, the Clarkson team was awarded $5, 000 from the Universities Space Research Association to participate in the forum.
RASC-AL is an enterprise of NASA and the Universities Space Research Association, which links universities with the NASA Langley Research Center. With this synergy, NASA can communicate with the innovative minds of tomorrow and obtain concepts and technology that will lead to opportunities for future NASA research and programs.
The Clarkson RASC-AL team members are seniors: Andrew T. Bingham of Enosburg Falls, Vt.; Myles M. Farrell of Sebage, Maine, and Sean D. Moore of Colder, N.Y.; juniors: Wade E. Bartlett of Walton, N.Y.; Stephen D. Caron of Woonsocket, R.I.; Robert T. Fievisohn of Churubusco, N.Y.; Kate M. Wickswat of Rexsford, N.Y., and Robert A. Zilnicki of Williston, Vt.; and freshman Daniel N. Valyou of Gouverneur, N.Y. Their advisors were Piergiovanni Marzocca, assistant professor of mechanical and aeronautical engineering and Daniel Valentine, associate professor and executive officer of mechanical and aeronautical engineering.
The SPEED program is one of the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering hallmark initiatives exemplifying Clarkson's "defy convention" approach to education. SPEED promotes multidisciplinary, project-based learning opportunities for more than 250 undergraduates annually. Projects involve engineering design and analysis, and fabrication. In addition, students learn real-world business skills such as budget management, effective teamwork, and communications skills. SPEED receives its primary financial support from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation with contributions from ExxonMobil and Turner Construction Company. The program was recognized with the 2001 Boeing Outstanding Educator Award and the 2002 Corporate and Foundation Alliance Award for its exceptional contributions to improving undergraduate engineering education.
Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3, 000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty members achieve international recognition for their research and scholarship and connect students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.
Photo caption: Members of the Clarkson RASC-AL team in front of a Space Shuttle mock-up while on a tour of NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. From left to right: tour guide, Kate Wickswat, Sean Moore, Robert Fievisohn, Myles Farrell, Steve Caron, Andrew Bingham, Rob Zilnicki and Dan Valyou.
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