NSF-LSAMP

As a Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program scholar, I participated in a summer internship through the NASA-CIPAIR program at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Prior to my departure I attended pre-internship workshops facilitated by Profs. Viviana ┬áVladutescu (electrical engineering) and Gaffar Gailani (mechanical engineering). These two events informed me of program expectations and provided professional development. While at the NASA Goddard Center, I was responsible for finding the characterizations of shock tables by testing, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from experiments. However, before I could start my project I had to learn single degree freedom, additional Matlab techniques, boundary conditions, damping, and shock equations. As a result my research I can understand my coursework better, since I am able to make real-world connections that are relevant to my major. ┬áPrior to my research and internship experiences, I wanted to create a new generation of cars, but now my eyes are opened to the possibility of so much more. I think research is beneficial to student learning; the more knowledge and experience one can receive the better. I plan to continue my LSAMP research on developing an ÔÇťAerospace Curriculum for High School StudentsÔÇŁ with Prof. Gailani and perhaps return to NASA Goddard Space Center for a co-op next summer. I found research is always better when projects are followed by new information in class and hands-on experimentation. When you research there is accomplishment as well as enlightenment, so I recommend anyone interested in doing research to look for the many opportunities available on and off campus.

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