Geena Wann-Kung, Jonathan Wallen, Bryson Rulona, Melissa Ghotane, and Austin Quachunder the tutelage of Aaron Hanai (Professor of Mechanical Engineering 213: Research Intensive – Introduction to Engineering Design) and Justin Carland (Professor of Electrical Engineering 296: Research Intensive – Sophomore Project) have been invited to travel to Johnson Space Center to work with astronauts in the neutral buoyancy lab. Students worked on a tool to be utilized in a micro-gravity environment. Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams (Micro-g NExT) program challenges undergraduate students to design build, and test a tool or device that addresses an authentic, current space exploration challenge. The overall experience includes hands-on engineering design, test operations, and educational/public outreach. Test operations are conducted in the simulated microgravity environment of the NASA Johnson Space Center Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL). Other schools accepted to the program include: UCLA, Cambridge and Purdue.
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