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Northrop Grumman Future Technical Leaders Program

If you are a U.S. citizen and are planning to graduate this year with either a M.S. or Ph.D., you might be interested in this opportunity.

Northrop Grumman Future Technical Leaders Program

Northrop Grumman is looking for the best new MS and PhD level engineers for their Future Technical Leaders Program. The FTL program is a fast-track, professional development opportunity formed with the objective of identifying, recruiting, hiring, developing, and retaining top Masters and PhDs candidates in the areas of science, technology and engineering.

 

A handful of graduates from the best schools in the country will be hired and groomed to be NG technical leaders of the future. The program initially involves rotational assignments in the company (three years working on a variety of critical projects that provide specialized training, networking opportunities, mentoring by senior technologists, and management visibility) and a very competitive salary.
Specific majors they are targeting are aerospace engineering, computer science, systems and information engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and computer engineering ; however, they are open to all.

Due to the classified nature of the work, candidates must be U.S. Citizens and able to obtain a security clearance.
Interested?  Please come and bring your resume.   Refreshments served.

 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Olsson Hall, Room 120

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Pamela M. Norris, Ph.D
Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Programs
School of Engineering and Applied Science
Frederick Tracy Morse Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
University of Virginia
Thornton Hall, Room A110
122 Engineer’s Way
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4242
(434) 924-6295
FAX: (434) 982-3044
pamela@virginia.edu
http://faculty.virginia.edu/norris

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Alcoa Scholarships for Undergrads at University of Virginia

Dear  second and third year SEAS students,

Welcome back to Grounds and the new semester. I am writing to alert you to scholarships available through our Alcoa Campus Partnership Program.

Knowing that engineers play important roles as innovators and leaders in the American and global economy, Alcoa provides two undergraduate scholarships ($3,500 each) to students who have demonstrated the aptitude to become future leaders in engineering.

Alcoa scholarships are available to all second- and third-year SEAS students, but we encourage students majoring in disciplines of special interest to Alcoa—Engineering Science (Material Science Minor), Mechanical Engineering, or Aerospace Engineering—to apply. We urge women and underrepresented minority students as well as students in the Engineering Business Minor to apply for these awards to ensure a diverse and talented engineering workforce. A scholarship committee of SEAS faculty and Alcoa representatives will select the recipients on a merit basis.

The selection for these scholarships will take place early in the fall of 2013, allowing Alcoa to contact the winners to discuss 2014 summer internship positions.

DEADLINE: 4.59 PM, 9 September 2013

TO APPLY

Please provide FOUR COPIES of the following to Vanessa Pace, Department of Engineering & Society, Thornton A237, vpp@virginia.edu.

+ Application form (available from Ms. Pace)

+ 250-word essay discussing how you would use the scholarship to develop as an engineering leader

+ Unofficial transcript

+ Resume

Please contact me if you have any questions about this exciting opportunity.

Sincerely,
WB Carlson
Director, Engineering Business Programs

Email: wc4p@virginia.edu

 ABOUT ALCOA

Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum industry, Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation, consumer electronics and industrial markets over the past 125 years. Aluminum is infinitely recyclable and approximately 75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 61,000 people in 30 countries across the world.

 

ALCOA INTERNSHIPS: http://www.alcoa.com/global/en/careers/campus/internships.asp

Sonic Boom Analysis and its Mitigation

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Fall 2012 Seminar Series
Thursday, September 20   4-5 PM in MEC 341
University of Virginia

Sriram Rallabhandi, Ph.D.,
Senior Research Engineer,
National Institute of Aerospace,
Resident at:
Aeronautics System Analysis Branch,
NASA Langley Research Center

Abstract:

This talk focuses on the recent advances in supersonic aircraft design methodology for the purpose of mitigating the adverse effects of sonic booms generated during supersonic flight. The fundamental aspects of sonic boom prediction are briefly described, followed by advanced sonic boom prediction techniques. Several approaches of aircraft design that attempt to mitigate the sonic boom will be addressed.

Host: Bob Lindberg (rel5za@virginia.edu)

To meet with the speaker: Lori Mohr Pedersen (lmpedersen@virginia.edu)

THE LONG TERM CHALLENGE TO CIVIL AVIATION PROPULSION

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Fall 2012 Seminar Series

Thursday, September 13 4-5 pm in MEC – 341

University of Virginia

 

Professor Riti Singh

Department of Power and Propulsion

Cranfield University, UK

The confluence of the growth of civil aviation and the need to limit its impact on climate change is set to bring the aerospace industry to its tryst with destiny. Anticipated large improvements in propulsion systems, airframes and operations are likely to be offset by market growth, not least by increasing demands from the BRIC economies. This presentation will focus on propulsion system developments within civil aviation. A drive to improve thermal and propulsive efficiencies still promises significant improvements. Bio‐mix ‘drop‐in’ fuels are likely in the next 20 years and offer further improvements. In the longer term, we are likely to see a shift to distributed propulsion to further improve both propulsive efficiency and air frame performance. This may result in a few very high‐efficiency generators, to drive a large number of small electric fans. Such a scenario opens up the possibility of significant advances with the ability to have ‘clean air frames’. In the long term, the growth of civil aviation may have to be curtailed, in spite of growing market demand. A way forward could be the combination of hydrogen and other technologies, including the intriguing possibility of an aircraft being able to produce global warming or cooling at will, perhaps allowing mankind to control the earth’s temperature by the use of civil aviation.

 Professor Riti Singh

Riti Singh is Professor Emeritus of Cranfield University. He leads the Gas Turbine Engineering & Technology Group within the Department of Power and Propulsion and is Director of the Rolls‐Royce University Technology Centre in Performance Engineering. He has given many plenary/keynote speeches. He holds numerous patents, and has published widely. His research has been strongly supported by industry, the European Union and EPSRC. Professor Singh has an interest in novel cycles for power and propulsion, particularly in the context of the environment. He has received many accolades during the course of his career, the most recent being ASME’s International Gas Turbine Institute’s Annual International Aircraft Engine Technology Award for 2010, presented to one individual each year for sustained, innovative personal contribution to the field. Professor Singh is a past chairman of the Aerospace Division and continues his involvement s a board member of this and the International Society of Air Breathing Engines. (ISABE).Professor Singh has consulted for over 40 organisations, including gas turbine manufacturers.

Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts – Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) Competition

Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts – Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) is a student design competition that is sponsored by NASA and managed by the National Institute of Aerospace.  RASC-AL was formed to provide university-level engineering students with the opportunity to design projects based on NASA engineering challenges as well as offer NASA access to new research and design projects by students.

RASC-AL is open to undergraduate and graduate university-level students studying fields with applications to human space exploration (i.e., aerospace, bio-medical, electrical, and mechanical engineering; and life, physical, and computer sciences).  RASC-AL projects allow students to incorporate their coursework into real aerospace design concepts and work together in a team environment. Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged.

Through RASC-AL, student teams and their faculty advisors will work to develop mission architectures to employ innovative solutions in response to one of the 3 following themes:
  • Near Earth Asteroid (NEA) Flexible Mission Architecture Designs
  • Human-Focused Mars Mission Systems and Technologies
  • Human Lunar Access and Initial Exploration
BRAND NEW WAY TO PARTICIPATE IN 2013!

Teams can choose to participate in RASC-AL in one of two different ways:
  1. By developing a complete, integrated, end-to-end architecture addressing one of the three themes listed above (the traditional option); OR
  2. By performing a thorough system design of a supporting element such as a mobility system, habitat or lander (the advanced concept option).
In 2013, up to eighteen will be chosen to compete at the RASC-AL Forum in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Each team will receive a travel stipend to help defray the cost of attending the RASC-AL Forum. The teams with the top two winning papers will be invited to present their design projects to industry experts at a major Aerospace conference, such as Space 2013 (additional travel stipends provided).
Interested in RASC-AL?  Click here for more details.

Unmanned Vehicle Autonomy

Addressing the Limits to Unmanned Vehicle Autonomy Through Human-Computer Collaboration

Speaker: Andrew Clare

Science, Technology, and Society Program
Spring 2012 Colloquium Series
Date: Thursday April 12, 2012
Time: 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Rodman Room
Thornton Hall
University of Virginia

In the future, teams of networked Unmanned Vehicles (UVs) will be utilized for military operations, border patrol, atmospheric research, forest firefighting, search and rescue, and cargo delivery among other uses. Recent advances in UV autonomy along with the development of optimization algorithms for dynamic scheduling of tasks for multiple UVs have enabled this future vision. The impending use of teams of humans and UVs in American airspace raises new ethical and legal issues. One key concern is that the uncertainty and time constraints inherent to command and control situations can cause poor performance by these automated systems. Thus, researchers at the MIT Humans and Automation Laboratory (http://halab.mit.edu) are developing mixed-initiative scheduling systems, where a human guides a computer algorithm in a collaborative process to solve the scheduling problem for the team of UVs. Examples from simulation-based experiments, indoor flight tests, and outdoor flight tests will show how such a human-computer collaborative system can best handle a realistic scenario with unknown variables, possibly inaccurate information, and dynamic environments. On-going research on this topic from Humans and Automation Lab will be described, including investigations into modeling both qualitative and quantitative aspects of how humans work with scheduling algorithms and teams of UVs. Finally, the impact of these research efforts on the relevant ethical and legal issues will considered.

Andrew Clare is a Ph.D. Candidate in the MIT Humans and Automation Laboratory in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering with Information Technology from MIT in 2008 and his M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT in 2010. He has held research internship positions with the U.S. Army Research Laboratories, General Electric Aviation, Aurora Flight Sciences, and the National Aerospace Laboratory in Amsterdam. He was the recipient of a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG) in 2008.

For more information on the STS colloquium series see:
http://www.sts.virginia.edu/stshome/tiki-index.php?page=Colloquium+series


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