Minnesota Space Grant Recruiting Summer 2024 Interns

NASA’s Minnesota Space Grant Consortium
Summer 2024 Internships

Positions open until filled or the end of April, whichever comes first.

Applicants must be full-time students attending a college or university in Minnesota and must be United States citizens.

“Student” in this context means “in school in spring 2024 and still in school in fall 2024” (at the same school, a transfer student, or a graduating student continuing directly into graduate school, not necessarily in Minnesota).

Opportunity 1

The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul is seeking a summer research intern to assist with experiments relating to flow separation from airfoils. Experience with fluid mechanics and/or aerodynamics is preferred, but not a requirement. Research activities will take place using the university’s on-campus wind tunnel in St. Paul. For more information and to apply, contact UST Mechanical Engineering Professor Tom Shepard. [thomas.shepard@stthomas.edu]

Opportunity 2

The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul is seeking a summer research intern to assist with experiments on the mixing properties of high-density gas jets. The research will involve hands-on activities including fabrication of the setup, data collection and post processing, and analysis including comparisons to analytical/numerical models. Familiarity with CAD design and MATLAB is ideal. The research will take place on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas. For more information and to apply, contact UST Mechanical Engineering Professor David Forliti. [dforliti@stthomas.edu]

Opportunity 3

An exciting internship opportunity is available at the Multiscale Mechanics and Extreme Materials Lab within the Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics department at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. This internship at MeMLab focuses on studying the behavior of materials used in aerospace applications under high-velocity conditions. During space missions, materials in space vehicles are susceptible to damage caused by debris impact, micrometeoroids, and small particles moving at velocities between 2.0 and 7.0 km/s. Understanding and mitigating these impacts is crucial for ensuring the structural integrity and success of space missions. MeMLab offers a state-of-the-art experimental facility equipped with hypervelocity impact capabilities (ranging from 1.0 to 7.0 km/s), laser-driven particle impacts, and ultra-high-speed imaging technology (capable of capturing 10 million frames per second). As an intern, you will have the opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge projects in this field, tackling some of the most challenging problems in the mechanics of aerospace materials. For more information and to apply, contact U of MN Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics Professor Suraj Ravindran. [sravi@umn.edu]

Opportunity 4

The University of Minnesota in Minneapolis seeking a summer research intern to assist with developing software and processes for visualization of scientific data in virtual reality. 3-D unsteady data sets from multiple research groups will be loaded into the Virtual Reality game engine Unity, and the hardware will be programmed to interact with and explore the data. Experience with MATLAB and at least one other coding language is required. Research activities will take place on the Twin Cities campus. For more information and to apply, contact U of MN Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics Professor Melissa Green. [magreen@umn.edu]

University of St. Thomas
School of Engineering

University of Minnesota
Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics

Multiscale Mechanics
and Extreme Materials Lab