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Caltech Undergraduates Receive Visionary Concept Award

11-21-22

Caltech Undergraduates have received the Visionary Concept Award at the NASA BIG Idea Challenge for their Lunar Architecture for Tree Traversal In-Service-Of Cabled Exploration (LATTICE) concept. [NASA story]

Tags: Paul Dimotakis Charles Elachi Soon-Jo Chung Michael Mello Jason Kastner Issa Nesnas Steve Wall

Watch Now: Caltech Undergraduates Present Final Concept for NASA BIG Idea Challenge

11-15-22

Caltech’s BIG Idea Challenge Team is presenting its final concept at the NASA Big Idea Challenge Forum at 11:25 PDT on November 15, 2022. [Tune in!]

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Beaming Clean Energy From Space

10-26-22

Once considered science fiction, technology capable of collecting solar power in space and beaming it to Earth to provide a global supply of clean and affordable energy is moving closer to reality. Through the Space-based Solar Power Project (SSPP), a team of Caltech researchers is working to deploy a constellation of modular spacecraft that collect sunlight, transform it into electricity, then wirelessly transmit that electricity wherever it is needed—including to places that currently have no access to reliable power. "This is an extraordinary and unprecedented project," says Harry Atwater, Otis Booth Leadership Chair, Division of Engineering and Applied Science; Howard Hughes Professor of Applied Physics and Materials Science; Director, Liquid Sunlight Alliance. "It exemplifies the boldness and ambition needed to address one of the most significant challenges of our time, providing clean and affordable energy to the world." [Caltech story]

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Sorina Lupu Chosen for the Future Space Leaders Foundation (FSLF) Grant Program

09-22-22

Sorina Lupu, a PhD student in Aerospace, working with Soon-Jo Chung, Bren Professor of Aerospace and Control and Dynamical Systems; Jet Propulsion Laboratory Senior Research Scientist, was one of the eight young professionals chosen for the 2022-2023 Future Space Leaders Foundation (FSLF) Grant Program. Intended for U.S. graduate students and young professionals who are pursuing space-related careers, the program provides grants for participation in the 72nd International Astronautical Congress (IAC). 

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Tweaking Turbine Angles Squeezes More Power Out of Wind Farms

08-17-22

A new control algorithm for wind farms that alters how individual turbines are oriented into the wind promises to boost farms' overall efficiency and energy output by optimizing how they deal with their turbulent wake. "Individual turbines generate choppy air, or a wake, which hurts the performance of every turbine downwind of them," says John O. Dabiri, Centennial Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering. "To cope with that, wind farm turbines are traditionally spaced as far apart as possible, which unfortunately takes up a lot of real estate." [Caltech story]

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Improving Aircraft Design with Machine Learning and a More Efficient Model of Turbulent Airflows

07-28-22

Turbulent airflows are chaotic and unpredictable: consider the bumps and jolts one might experience during an airplane flight encountering turbulent air. With increased knowledge of turbulent airflows, airplane designs could become safer, more resilient, and ultimately more fuel efficient.  H. Jane Bae, Assistant Professor of Aerospace, has developed a way to use machine learning to further improve the design process. [Caltech story]

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Conor Martin Wins ISHPMIE Best Paper Award

07-26-22

Graduate Student Conor Martin has received the best paper award at the 14th International Symposium on Hazards, Prevention, and Mitigation of Industrial Explosions (ISHPMIE). The paper is titled "Thermal Ignition: Effects of Fuel, Ambient Pressure and Nitrogen Dilution."

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Palmer and Tawney Win Distinguished Student Paper and Best Diversity Paper Awards

07-08-22

Emily Palmer and Jacqueline Tawney, graduate students in GALCIT, received the Distinguished Student Paper and Best Diversity Paper awards at the 2022 ASEE conference. The paper, co-authored with Jennifer Weaver, is titled "A Model for Student-led Development and Implementation of a Required Graduate-level Course on History, Ethics, and Identity in Aerospace Engineering."

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Vatsa Gandhi Wins International Student Paper Competition

06-23-22

Vatsa Gandhi, a graduate student in GALCIT has been awarded First Place in the Michael Sutton International Student Paper Competition. The title of the paper is "Full-Field Velocity Measurements in Shock Compression Experiments." [Past Recipients]

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