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Vertical Integration Of Students And Mentoring Activities Pave The Way For Phase Ii Of Umes Nasa Collaborative Experiential Learning Project

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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NASA Fellowship Program

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9.1400.1 - 9.1400.10

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Abhijit Nagchaudhuri

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Session # 2470

Vertical Integration of Students and Mentoring Activities Pave the Way for Phase-II of UMES-NASA Experiential Learning Project

Abhijit Nagchaudhuri, Mark Williams, Gurbax Singh, Madhumi Mitra, Robert Conry/ Geoff Bland University of Maryland Eastern Shore/NASA GSFC Wallops Flight Facility

Participating students: Dianne Dixon, Alan Dellapenna, Joseph Jean-Louis, Matthew Mader, Jolsone Augustine, Jada Cottman, Habtamu Yalfalken, Shawn Ward, Marcus Smith, Brian Vetter, Robert Fries, Joseph Ford, James Taylor, Jeremy Rodgers, Olatunde Alade, Amy Davis, Sushil Milak, Vinod Yadav, Guntupalli Rajasekhar, Tony Baldwin, Gregory Waters, Gregory Smith, Robert C. Washington, Jason Tilghman, Carlton Snow, Matthew Watson, Jerry Reynolds, Ani Panoti, Levy Lovell, Towanda Sample, Calvin King, Rebecca Howe, Eddie Daubert, Anthony Ross, Jamison White, James Watts, Cory Curtis, Firew Waktole, Bushara Dosa, Elhibir Abusin, Aghdam Freshteh, Amadi Williams, Jamal Mcnair, Ron Sampson, Patrick Enekwe, John Clemons, Nicole Saunders, Randy Gratton, Mahlon Pleasant, Saishyam Srinivas, Candice Snow, Carolyn Ruffin, John A. Wood, Commia Thomson, Onuan Akhigbe, David Benn and many others. Supporting Faculty/Staff and NASA Personnel: Mr. Rodney Spencer, Ms. Tracie Hedricks, Mr. Anthony Stockus, Mr. Jamie Maldonado, Mr. James W. Webster, Mr. Roland Wescott (NASA), Ms. Lisa Johnson (NASA), Mr.David Moltedo (NASA), Mr. Ted Miles (NASA), Ms. Susan M. Tull.

Administrative support: Dr. Eddie Boyd Jr., Dean School of Business and Technology.

Abstract UMES-AIR (Undergraduate Multidisciplinary Earth Science-Airborne Imaging Research) project was partially funded by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in the fall of 1999. The project has provided a platform for involving a group of more than twenty undergraduate students in mathematics science engineering and technology (MSET) curricula at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) in an out of classroom active learning and exploratory research experience in the field of remote sensing and its applications. UMES, an 1890 Land Grant historically black university, has a large minority population and all efforts are made to involve minority students to participate in the project activities. The scientific objective of the project includes aerial imaging in the visible and infrared regions of the electromagnetic spectrum, land survey study of shoreline erosion, research in agricultural land use patterns, environmental studies and atmospheric data analysis. The first phase (Phase-I) of the project has been successfully completed in August 2001 when the goal of collecting remote images from a tethered blimp from a height of 2500ft. was achieved by the UMES student team working in close collaboration with NASA GSFC Wallops Flight Facility (WFF), technicians, engineers, and administrative personnel. As the first group of students who led the Phase-I efforts progressed through college and graduated or moved to junior/senior levels with more demanding academic loads, the need for vertical integration of project participants became clear. Subsequent to the Phase-I efforts that were adequately funded students in the MSET major at UMES have been encouraged to take part in the project by the participating faculty members out of their own interest without any financial incentives. Although the numbers of student participation have gone down, significant achievements have been made with regard to achieving the Phase-II goals during the years 2002 and 2003.

1. Introduction Vertical integration of students from freshman to senior level along with graduate students goes a long way to assure continuation of projects such as the UMESAIR project. The project involves design, development and utilization of an instrumented tethered blimp for aerial imaging and analysis. Figure 1

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Nagchaudhuri, A. (2004, June), Vertical Integration Of Students And Mentoring Activities Pave The Way For Phase Ii Of Umes Nasa Collaborative Experiential Learning Project Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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