March 27, 2020
March 27, 2020
March 28, 2020
Studies by Morgan Stanley, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch predicted that the space industry will be worth $1.1-2.7 trillion by the end of 2040. The rapidly growing space industry has stimulated a demand for experiences in learning design, simulation, and testing techniques to develop the more efficient liquid rocket engines. This has triggered the current trend in the research and development of rocket engines with increasing numbers of universities participating in student rocketry challenge across the USA. There are many university clubs (e.g., Cornell Rocketry Team, MIT Rocket Team, Portland State Aerospace Space Society, SEDS at US San Diego, etc.) in the nation. However, there was no such a rocketry program at any HBCU among more than 100 HBCUs in the country until last year that Morgan State University (MSU) was awarded an HBCU space challenge grant by BASE 11 to develop the first rocketry program at an HBCU. The rocketry program at MSU just officially started in January 2020 and this study is one of the projects related to the rocketry program. The objective is to involve the concepts of the multi-disciplinary engineering education that prepares students to work effectively with others from outside of their major disciplines and help to develop the first liquid rocket by minority students among the HBCUs. The study also involved studying the team structures among existing rocket teams at several universities in order to learn from their wealth of experience; understanding key skills and tools for designing and manufacturing of liquid rocket engine, and identifying the courses for developing aerospace and rocket program which cuts across the science and engineering majors. Collected data from this study will be analyzed and used to develop a rocketry program. Results and findings from this study will engage more multidisciplinary minority students in the Aerospace Program at Morgan State University.
Alamu, O. S., & Caballes, M. J. L. O., & Chen, G., & Qian, X., & Xue, J., & Yang, Y., & Ajuwon, M. (2020, March), Engaging Multidisciplinary Minority Students in The Aerospace Program and Education at Morgan State University Paper presented at 2020 Mid-Atlantic Spring Conference, Baltimore, Maryland. https://peer.asee.org/33936
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