June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Minorities in Engineering
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High Power Rocketry Program: Undergraduate Research Experience for an HBCUInvolvement of undergraduate students in research or projects related to theirdiscipline have been found to be very effective in improving the students’learning outcome, and prepare them better for their jobs on graduation and/orentering into graduate school. Alabama A&M University, a Historically BlackCollege or University (HBCU), engages a group of about twelve undergraduateengineering students in a challenging project to develop a high power RocketryProgram, in cooperation with NASA and Alabama Space Grant Consortium. Thestudents are involved in the design, construction, testing, launching, and recoveryof a reusable rocket with a scientific payload. The activities involve diverseaspects such as planning and scheduling, purchasing, performing calculations andanalysis, coordinating logistics, and design reviews. They are mentored by facultyadvisors. Alabama A&M University rocketry team is one of the 20 teams selectedby NASA nationwide under the University Student Launch Initiative (USLI)program, and financially supported by the Alabama Space Grant Consortium.Students from mechanical, electrical & civil engineering and technologydepartments, mostly underrepresented minority, are involved in this excitingproject. Successful launch and recovery of the rocket and retrieval of the scientificdata inspires the next batch of students to continue this rocketry project as asustainable research program.
Chowdhury, S., & Seif, M. A. (2011, June), High Power Rocketry Program: Undergraduate Research Experience for an HBCU Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18054
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