Student NASA Research at Wesleyan

Student NASA Research at Wesleyan

AngelaaMeyeramakes presentation at NASA IV&V
April 16, 2016 -- Angela Meyer made a poster presentation at the NASA Independent Verification and Validation facility in Fairmont. The topic was the progress that the SPACE Club has been making on an inertial measurement unit that uses a microprocessor to measure the orientation of a spacecraft and react by activating a motor to cancel out any rotational motion.

The device uses an H-bridge and Arduino circuit. It will be included in the payload of a sounding rocket to be launched this June from NASA-Wallops Island. Angela is President of the Wesleyan SPACE Club. Angela was accompanied by Dr. DeLaney, SPACE Club adviser. In the photo are Dr. DeLaney and SPACE Club members Angela Meyer, Olivia Rycroft, and Tyler Hefner.
Physics students perform NASA research at Wesleyan this summer
May 9, 2016 -- Dustin Kimble and Cody Tucker are working on NASA research projects with Dr. Wiest. The students will be working on nanotechnology involving our electron microscope and on Raman spectroscopy research. The students will be paid by a grant from the NASA-WV Space Grant Consortium. 
SPACE Club balloon launch
March 7, 2015 -- Members of the SPACE Club sponsored a tethered helium-filled balloon launch today. They flew a payload consisting of magnetic-field sensors, an accelerometer, a gyroscope, and a Geiger counter. In addition, they tested a transceiver to receive data from the payload in real time. Dr. Steven Hard from NASA IV&V supervised the flight. Andrew Tiffin, Eric Kramer, and Paul Mallory constructed much of the electronics. We were joined by students and faculty from Marshall University.
NASAafundsaDr. DeLaney's $50,000 astrophysics grant proposals
September 16, 2013 -- Dr. Tracey DeLaney was notified that NASA has funded both of her grant proposals. The combined $50,000 award will enable her to analyze the magnetic field structure of the supernova remnant in Cassiopeia A. The research will compare radio images from the Very Large Array obtained during 2012-3 and archival images from the Chandra X-ray Observatory.

Dr. DeLaney, with the assistance of students, will analyze highly polarized radio emissions from the debris field of the stellar explosion. Her work will improve understanding of how the magnetic fields are amplified in blast waves and how cosmic rays are produced by supernova remnants.
AndrewaTiffin'saelectron microscope internship
Angust 15, 2015 -- Andrew worked this summer to improve Wesleyan's electron microscope. An electron microscope magnifies using a beam of electrons. An electron microscope has a resolving power that can be 100,000 times shorter than a visible-light microscope. An electron microscope uses electric and magnetic fields to focus the electron beam to form an image. The WV-NASA Space Grant consortium funded Andrew's research. 
Ryder Bolin's geophysics internship
August 15, 2015 -- Ryder used our new Guralp seismometer to map underground structures. He built a thumper to create seismic waves. He constructed a remote-control vehicle to travel through pipelines to inspect for leaks. The NASA-WV Space Grant Consortium funded Ryder's research.  
2014aNASAaSummer Research at Wesleyan
August 16, 2014 -- Five students worked on physics/engineering research projects this summer at Wesleyan. The students were paid with funding by the NASA-WV Space Grant Consortium.
Miranda Andrews worked with Dr. DeLaney on a community outreach project to develop new shows for our planetarium. For the past two years, Andrews has assisted with Dr. DeLaney's public planetarium shows, which are offered at 8:00 pm on the first and third Saturday of each month.
Andrew Tiffin worked with Dr. DeLaney on a project to use remote electronic sensors to measure concentrations of greenhouse gases in Earth's upper atmosphere. Dr. Dimitris Vassiliadis at WVU and Dr. Steven Hard at NASA IV&V provided technical help.
Jacob Coleman's objective was to measure the levels of radiation in Earth's upper atmosphere using weather balloons to provide the necessary altitude. His mentor was Dr. DeLaney.
Andrew Cvetnick worked on a hypersonic blow-down wind tunnerl project with Dr. Wiest.
Pavle Milicevic worked with Dr. DeLaney to map the three-dimensional structure of the supernova remnant in Cassiopeia A. They compared new data from the Very Large Array with data from NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory. This provided new insights into the details of the star remnant's explosion.



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