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2014 Aerospace Engineering Summer Career Exploration Program

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THE ONLY SESSION:Sunday, July 27 (check in) to
Friday, August 1, 2014

  • Students MUST submit an application for this program.
  • This is a one week overnight residential enrichment program.
  • Open to High school students entering 11th and 12th grade in the fall.

What Will We Learn?

This one week residential enrichment program on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York will introduce students to a career in aerospace engineering by taking a close look at how objects fly using model airplanes. In addition to designing and building a model airplane, participants will observe wind tunnel and flight tests. Students looking to explore a career in engineering and science are encouraged to apply for this program. Flight tests will be held on Friday and parents, family, and friends are invited.

Students who have completed this program have gone on to apply to the Aeronautical Engineering major offered by Rensselaer's School of Engineering's Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering department. In addition to engineering degrees students have gone on to study Physics and other degrees offered from the Rensselaer's School of Science. For additional details regarding the Rensselaer undergraduate experience, in a place where your individual contribution truly matters visit the Office of Admissions at Rensselaer.

2014 Application Information

Application Process: Students eligible for participation are encouraged to apply on or before March 31, 2014 via our NEW! Online application system. After March 31, 2014, applications will continue to be considered for the 2014 program on a rolling basis until the program has reached capacity. Faculty decisions will begin in April.

Prerequisites: Students looking to explore a career in engineering and science are encouraged to apply for this program.

Applications must be submitted to the Office of Summer@Rensselaer completed. Supplemental information including recommendation letters, transcripts, etc. can be copies of. We do not need originals!!

Program Cost and Accommodations

  • Total Cost is $1500.00. There is a $425.00 deposit required in order to reserve your spot in the program, once accepted. There is also a $4.95 fee associated with all credit card transactions! You may also pay by check!
  • The cost includes room and board, program materials, residential events and programs, and any academic related materials. A general information flyer will be sent out to registered participants which will have a much more detailed list of items to bring/what not to bring!
  • Questions & Answers: If you have any questions regarding submitting the application, please contact Alicia Randazzo at (518) 276-6809.

    Registration Information for Accepted Students

    Upon acceptance to the program a non-refundable deposit of $425.00 and Registration Forms will be required in order to reserve your space in the program. Final payment is due by July 1, 2014. If you have any questions, please contact Alicia Randazzo at (518) 276-6809.

    Upon acceptance into the program, using the valid email provided- Summer@Rensselaer will send with the acceptance notice and registration forms for the participant to fill out.

    A typical day consists of lectures/discussions on different topics in Aerospace Engineering, wind tunnel experiments, and model fabrication. In the wind tunnel, the students will be exposed to various measurement/visualization techniques, they will conduct experiments on different airplane models (one of them is the jet trainer - T38). Each student will build 2 airplane models. One will be built from a rubber-band and the other will be driven by electrical motor and controlled by remote control. Students will take their models with them at the end of the camp. On the last day of the camp, we will conduct "flight test" which will likely include a competition for the best looking model and the model that performs the best.

    Faculty Profile: Professor Michael Amitay received his D.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology in 1994. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Arizona from 1994-1996. From 1996 until 2003 Dr. Amitay was at GA Tech where he held several positions the latest was Senior Research Engineer. He joined the faculty of the Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering Department in the summer semester of 2003. Professor Amitay's research interests are focused on active and passive flow control techniques and their applications in aerodynamics (airfoils, bluff bodies and mini and micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicles). Another research topic includes the application of flow control to particle-laden flows and sprays with applications in medical engineering (specifically in micro-dentistry).

    Faculty Profile: Dr. Onkar Sahni is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering (MANE) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Prior to his current position he was a research scientist/engineer at the Center for Predictive Engineering and Computational Science (PECOS) located in the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his PhD degree from Rensselaer in 2007 and Bachelors degree from Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay in 2002. His research interests span modeling and simulation of coupled fluid flow problems involving turbulence and flow control. His research also puts emphasis on adaptive methods, extreme-scale computing and uncertainty quantification. In current and past research projects he has applied simulation-based tools in various real-world application areas including aerodynamics, cardiovascular flows, two-phase fluid flows, and wind turbines.

    Additional Program Support: Design/Build/Fly is a student club from the School of Engineering that designs, builds, and flies remote-controlled airplanes and participates in national competitions representing Rensselaer aeronautical engineering students. Members from this club participate as teaching assistants during this summer program.

    Sample Day Schedule
    8:30am-9:00am -- Meet in Labs
    9:15am-10:15am -- Intro to Aerospace Eng
    10:15am-10:45am -- Break
    10:45am-11:45am -- Wind Tunnel Experiments: Model Fabrication
    11:45am-12:45pm -- Lunch
    12:45pm-1:45am -- Into to Aerospace Eng
    1:45pm-2:45pm -- Wind Tunnel Experiments: Model Fabrication
    2:45pm-3:15pm -- Break
    3:15pm-3:45pm -- Wind Tunnel Experiments: Model Fabrication
    4:00pm-4:30pm -- Pick Up - dinner and evening activities to follow

    Other Notes

    Location: This one week residential enrichment program will be held on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.

    Transportation: The Albany International Airport and Amtrak Train Station are each location 20 minutes from campus. Car rentals are available from both the airport and train station. All students must furnish their own transportation to and from campus.

    Special Needs: If you have any special needs please contact Alicia Randazzo at (518) 276-6809.

    What is the difference between the Engineering Summer Exploration program and the Aerospace Engineering Summer Career Exploration program? The residential Engineering Summer Exploration enrichment program is designed to expose students interested in the field of engineering to a week-long project and the opportunity to work with Rensselaer faculty from multiple disciplines within the school of Engineering. Students will gain an understanding of how different engineering fields relate to one another. The Aerospace Engineering Career Discovery Program introduces students to a career path within the Aerospace discipline of engineering. The program takes a close look at how objects fly using model airplanes. Students who have an interest in engineering and those interested specifically in aerospace could plan on attending both programs in the same summer or make plans to stay on campus in multiple years.

    Frequently Asked Questions: We gathered a list of FAQs and answers, click here.

    Program Inquiries/Questions: For further information about the program, Request Information.

Last modified: May 12, 2014