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  1. Douglas Famularo awarded GNC Internship at L-3 Unmanned Systems for Summer 2016

    Douglas Famularo
    VSCL Graduate Research Assistant and Ph.D. candidate Douglas Famularo (B.S. Engineering Physics, M.Eng. Systems Engineering, Cornell University) has been awarded the Guidance, Navigation and Control Engineering Internship at L-3 Unmanned Systems in Plano, Texas. Douglas will be working with VSCL alumnus Dallas Hopper to help with the innovative design, test and manufacture of unmanned aerial vehicles. Douglas has conducted research in the VSCL since 2013.
  2. Sean Whitney Selected for Air Armament Scholars Summer Program at Eglin Air Force Base during Summer 2016

    Sean Whitney
    Sean G. Whitney is a Senior Honors Aerospace Engineering major pursuing a minor in Mathematics from Frisco, Texas. Upon graduation, in addition to a Master's of Engineering in Aerospace Engineering, he will have earned a rated commission as a Second Lieutenant and Pilot Candidate in the United States Air Force.

    This summer, Sean will be working at Munitions Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida participating in the Air Armament Scholars summer program. He will be working with Dr. Anton VanderWyst on the project “Stable Mathematics for High Dimensional Uncertainty,” which consists of using the Generic Hypersonic Vehicle (GHV) six-degree-of-freedom (6DOF) simulation to examine how computational model input uncertainties impact overall vehicle performance. Sean will work with local aerospace guidance/navigation/control (GNC) disciplines to evaluate different methods for dealing with moderate-dimensional algorithms. Specific techniques that will be introduced include mathematical numeric stability, uncertainty quantification (UQ), Markov-chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) estimation and Bayesian networks.
  3. Zeke Bowden Selected for Summer Internship at Insitu during Summer 2016

    Zeke Bowden
    VSCL Undergraduate Research Assistant and B.S. Aerospace Engineering student Ezekiel Bowden has been selected for a Summer 2016 Undergraduate Student Internship at Insitu, Hood River, OR. Ezekiel will be working on a variety of avionics and sensor systems for Unmanned Air Systems (UAS), as well as UAS flight testing. Insitu is a pioneer in the design, development, production and operation of high-performance, cost-effective unmanned aircraft systems. Ezekiel’s mentor will be Jesse Kiewit. Ezekiel has conducted research on UAS design, payload integration, and flight testing in the VSCL since Spring 2015.
  4. Joshua Harris to join the AIAA Intelligent Systems Technical Committee.

    Joshua Harris
    VSCL Graduate Research assistant Joshua Harris has been selected to join the AIAA Intelligent Systems Technical Committee. Harris has been a VSCL researcher since 2010, applying intelligent systems to problems in the realm of flight dynamics and controls. Harris's interests include the use of intelligent and adaptive systems for robust flight control, intelligent systems identification methods, cooperative and multi-agent control, and integrated systems health management for aircraft and spacecraft.

    The ISTC addresses the application of Intelligent System (IS) technologies and methods to aerospace systems, the verification and validation of these systems, and the education of the AIAA membership in the use of IS technologies in aerospace and other technical disciplines.
  5. Dr. Anshu Narang-Siddarth Receives NSF CAREER Award

    Anshu Narang-Siddarth
    VSCL Postdoctoral Research Associate and former VSCL Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant Dr. Anshu Narang-Siddarth (Ph.D. '12) has received the NSF CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation for her project "CAREER: Breakthroughs in Dynamical Modeling and Control for Reduction of Catastrophic Aviation Accidents.". Dr. Narang-Siddarth is an Assistant Professor in the William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics at the University of Washington, Seattle. Dr. Narang-Siddarth’s research focuses on aspects of dynamic modeling, control and safety assurance problems unique to autonomous aerospace vehicles.
  6. Cameron Rogers selected for Graduate Student Internship at Innovative Signal Analysis Inc. during Summer 2016

    Cameron Rogers
    VSCL Graduate Research Assistant and M.S. candidate Cameron Rogers (B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University) has been selected for a Summer 2016 Graduate Student Internship at Innovative Signal Analysis. Cameron will be working on a variety of avionics systems for Unmanned Air Systems (UAS). Innovative Signal Analysis is a provider of high performance signal and image processing solutions using state of the art optical, digital, and analog technology. Cameron’s mentor will be Chuck Meadow. Cameron has conducted research in the VSCL starting Fall 2015.
  7. James Henrickson named Aerospace Industrial Fellow for 2016, to Internship at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory during Spring 2016

    James Henrickson
    VSCL Graduate Research Assistant and Ph.D. candidate James Henrickson (B.S., M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University) has been named an inaugural Aerospace Research Fellow. James will spending his Spring semester at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory as part of the 2016 NIAC research team on the Trans-Formers for Lunar Extreme Environments: Ensuring Long-Term Operations in Regions of Darkness and Low Temperatures Project. Jame’s mentors will be Dr. Adrian Stoica and Dr. Marco Quadrelli. James has conducted research in the VSCL since 2010.
  8. Dipanjan Saha named College of Engineering Graduate Teaching Fellow for Spring 2016

    Dipanjan Saha
    VSCL Graduate Research Assistant and Ph.D. candidate Dipanjan Saha (B.S., M.S. Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur) has been named a College of Engineering Graduate Teaching Fellow for Spring 2016. Dipanjan will be the instructor of record for AERO 321 Dynamics of Flight Vehicles, and will be responsible for all course engagement with students. He will be under the supervision of Dr. John Valasek, who will provide mentorship and guidance. The Graduate Teaching Fellows Program awards approximately ten engineering students per semester to students who are committed to a career in academia. The fellowship consists of teaching instruction in addition to practical experience in the classroom. Dipanjan has conducted research in the VSCL since 2013.
  9. A new Ph.D. students join the Vehicle Systems & Control Laboratory for Fall 2015

    Jack Lu

    Han-Hsun "Jack" Lu is a 2014 M.S. engineering science graduate of National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan.
  10. Douglas Famularo awarded Graduate Summer Fellowship to join Air Force Research Laboratory for Summer 2015

    Douglas Famularo
    VSCL Graduate Research Assistant and Ph.D. candidate Douglas Famularo (B.S., M.S. Engineering Physics, Cornell University) has been awarded a Summer Fellowship to conduct research in the Control Design and Analysis Branch of the Aerospace Systems Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Wright-Patterson AFB, OH. Douglas will be working with Dr. Jonathan Muse and Dr. Michael Bollender on extendding his research on Adaptive Control of Air Breathing Hypersponic Vehicles that he started last summer at AFRL. Douglas has conducted research in the VSCL since 2013.
  11. Frank Arthurs selected as exchange student to conduct research on Sense & Avoid for Unmanned Air Systems in Summer 2015

    Frank Arthurs
    VSCL Graduate Research Assistant and Ph.D. candidate Frank Arthurs (B.S. Aerospace Engineering, Embry-Riddle University) will be an exchange student working with Dr. Amit Sanyal of the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Las Cruces, NM. Frank will be researching and developing novel methods for Sense & Avoid for Unmanned Air Systems. Frank has conducted research in the VSCL since 2013.


  12. James Henrickson a Reciprocal Exchange Research Student with BYU MAGGIC LAB during March 2015

    James Henrickson
    VSCL Graduate Research Assistant and Ph.D. candidate James Henrickson (B.S., M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University) will be a reciprocal exchange research student working with Dr. Randal W. Beard of the MAGGIC LABat Brigham Young Unviersity, Provo UT. Furing ten days in March, James will be researching motion video tracking methods for Unmanned Air Systems that are tracking stationary and moving objects of interest. James has conducted research in the VSCL since 2010.


  13. James Henrickson and Professor John Valasek Help Define New Space Micro-Environment Architecture at Keck Institute for Space Studies Workshop

    Valasek
    VSCL Graduate Research Assistant and Ph.D. candidate James Henrickson (B.S., M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University) and Professor John Valasek participated in a Keck Institute for Space Studies workshop titled Adaptive Multi-Functional Space Structures for Micro-Climate Control II from 17-20 February 2015 on the Cal Tech campus.

    The technical goal is to identify the most efficient materials, architectures, structures and means of deployment/reconfiguration, system autonomy and energy management solutions needed to optimally project/generate a micro-environment around space assets. This novel solution is called an energy-projecting system (EPS). For example, compact packed thin-layer reflective structures unfolding to large areas, can reflect solar energy, warming and illuminating assets such as exploration rovers on Mars or human habitats on the Moon.

    The primary benefit of this study is to enable missions that would otherwise be too technologically challenging and/or expensive, in particular those that would involve long periods of time without direct solar input or RTGs, the availability of which may be limited in the future.
  14. Professor John Valasek named 2015 Outstanding Aerospace Educator by ASEE/AIAA

    Valasek
    The American Socieity for Engineerg Education (ASEE) and the American Institute of Aeronuatics and Astronautics (AIAA) haved jointly awarded Professor John Valasek the 2015 John Leland Atwood Award in honor of his outstanding work with students at Texas A&M University as well as his research and service contributions to the aerospace profession. The award was presented at the 2015 AIAA SciTech Conference in Kissimmee, FL.

    Details of the award citation and remarks by Professor Valasek can be viewed HERE.

    Professor Valasek joins previous recipients of the Leland Atwood Award in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University: Stan H. Lowy (1977), John L. Junkins (1988), Walter E. Haisler (1990), Leland A. Carlson (1997), and Helen L. Reed (2007).
  15. Samantha Hansen and Ravenne Arce graduate and start careers with Bell Helicopter in January 2015

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    VSCL Udergraduate Research Assistants Samantha Hansen'14 and Ravenne Arce'14 (B.S. Aerospace Engineering, Texas A& University) graduated in December 2014 and began careers with Bell Helicopter in Fort Worth, TX. Hansen is working in the Quality Engineering group and Arce is working in the Flight Test Data Operations group. Hansen has has conducted research in the VSCL since 2013, and Arce since 2014.



  16. An Industry First: Certified ADS-B System Integrated and flown in an Unmanned Aircraft System in Partnership with VSCL

    Pegasus II
    The VSCL has teamed with FreeFlight Systems of Waco, TX to conduct the first flight test of an ADS-B equipped UAS in the national airspace. On 3 November 2014 the VSCL flew the fully certified, STC and TSO solution RANGR 978 ADS-B unit on the Pegasus II UAS at the Texas A&M University Riverside Range. Full details of the flight including video can be viewed HERE.

    Support for the project was provided by the Texsas A&M Engineering Experiment Station's Technical Assistance Program, headed by Dr. Dale Cope.

  17. Professor John Valasek interviewed by National Public Radio (NPR) and television about UAS research and applications

    Valasek
    National Public Radio interviewed Professor John Valasek about the recent awarding of six Unmanned Air System Test Centers by the Federal Aviation Adminisration (FAA). Professor Valasek is a founding member of one of the six centers, the Lone Star UAS Center (LSUASC) located in Texas, and the interview focused on the research LSUASC will be conducting, and future acceptance and use of UAS in the U.S.

    The NPR interview can be heard by clicking on the Listen Now button below the UAS picture HERE.

    The television interview can be viewed HERE.
  18. Joshua Harris awarded National Defense Science and Enginering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG) for 2014

    Josh Harris
    VSCL Undergraduate Research Assistant Joshua Harris (B.S. '14) has been awarded a National Defense Science Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG) for 2014. The Department of Defense (DoD) plans to award approximately 200 new three-year graduate fellowships in April 2014, with approximately 12 being awarded to students in aerospace engineeirng. The DoD will offer these fellowships to individuals who have demonstrated the ability and special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering. Joshua has conducted resarch in the VSCL for the last four years, and has worked on all major projects during this time. Joshua will graduate with his B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering in May 2014.

    The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship is a highly competitive, portable fellowship that is awarded to U.S. citizens and nationals who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in one of fifteen supported disciplines. NDSEG confers high honors upon its recipients, and allows them to attend whichever U.S. institution they choose. NDSEG Fellowships last for three years and pay for full tuition and all mandatory fees, a monthly stipend, and up to $1,000 a year in medical insurance (this excludes dental and vision insurance).

  19. Joshua Harris elected Outstanding Aerospace Engineering Senior for 2014

    Josh Harris
    VSCL Undergraduate Research Assistant Joshua Harris (B.S. '14) has been elected the aerospace engineering department's Outstanding Aerospace Engineering Senior for 2014. Joshua was elected to this standing by his student peers in the Texas A&M University chapter of Sigma Gamma Tau, the aerospace engineering honor society. He has conducted resarch in the VSCL for the last four years, and has worked on all major projects during this time. Joshua will graduate with his B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering in May 2014.

    The Texas A&M chapter of SGT focuses largely on service. Members mentor freshmen and assist students in sophomore, junior, and occasionally senior level aerospace engineering courses through tutoring and review sessions. Additionally, SGT organizes departmental socials and helps new and prospective aerospace engineering students. SGT is also involved with the community through participation in service activities, food drives, visits to local middle schools and high schools to enlighten students about engineering. SGT also provides interactive exhibits, such as wind tunnels and flight simulators for Discover Engineering, E-Day, the Physics and Engineering Festival, and other Texas A&M College of Engineering events.

  20. Tim Woodbury awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

    Tim Woodbury
    VSCL Graduate Research Assistant Tim Woodbury (B.S. '11, M.S. '14) has been awarded a 2013 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP). Tim's research interest is Autonomous Systems and Robotics, and he is currently conducting UAS research in Autonomous Soaring, Motion Video Tracking, and Digital Autoland Systems. Tim will graduate with his M.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering in Spring 2014. He is the 12th VSCL Graduate Research Assistant to be awarded an NSF or NDSEG or SMART Fellowship.



  21. Vehicle Systems & Control Laboratory alumni receive academic positions starting Fall 2013

  22. Dr. Anshu-Narang Siddarth receives two awards for excellence in Ph.D. research

    Dr. Anshu Narang-Siddarth
    VSCL Postdoctoral Research Associate and former VSCL Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant Dr. Anshu Narang-Siddarth (Ph.D. '12) has received two awards in 2013 for her Ph.D. disseration titled "Analysis and Control of Non-Affine, Non-Standard Singularly Perturbed Systems". The first award is at the University level, and is presented for excellence in research at the doctoral level. Only five doctoral students across all majors of Texas A&M University receive this prestigous award each year. The second award is at the Department level, and was awarded for Outstanding Ph.D. Research by a Dynamics & Control Ph.D. Student. Dr. Narang-Siddarth's disseration addresses the problem of control for nonlinear multiple time-scale systems using insights from singular perturbation theory for the first time in a systematic manner. The theory of feedback passivation for non-affine systems along with novel hierarchical design procedure is synthesized and performance of these methods is validated for several problems from science and engineering, including manned and unmanned aerospace systems, magnetic levitation system and chemical reactors.
  23. Three new Ph.D. students join the Vehicle Systems & Control Laboratory for Fall 2013

    • Frank Arthurs is a 2013 B.S. aerospace engineering graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL.
    • Douglas Famularo is a 2012 B.S. engineering physics and 2013 M.Eng. systems engineering graduate of Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
    • Dipanjan Saha is a 2012 dual degree B. Tech. (Hons.) in Instrumentation Engineering and a M. Tech. in Control Systems Engineering graduate of the electrical engineering department of the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur, India.
  24. James Henrickson awarded 2013 summer research fellowship at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    James Henrickson
    VSCL Graduate Research Assistant James Henrickson has been awarded a 2013 summer resesarch fellowship by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). He will spend his summer at JPL working with the Spacecraft Systems Engineering section in support of the DARPA Phoenix program. Jim's research interests are in the area of Computational Intelligence, and he is currently conducting research on Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) characterization using Artificial Neural Networks (ANN), and UAS research on Autonomous Motion Video Tracking. Jim will graduate with his M.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering in Spring 2014. He will then continue on working towards a Ph.D. degree with Professor John Valasek.
  25. Jim May joins Boeing Defense, Space & Security

    Jim May
    VSCL Graduate Research Assistant Jim May (B.S. '08, M.S. '13) has joined Boeing Defense, Space & Security as a Software Engineer, working on the Commercial Crew Transportation System (CCTS) CST-100 space vehicle. He runs the Training Systems Integration Lab (TSIL) as part of Crew and Training Operations team inside the Crew and Mission Operations group for the CCTS program. TSIL develops and executes pilot, controller, and trainer-in-the-loop cockpit and control console simulations for CST-100.


  26. Andrew Beckett Joins SpaceX

    Andrew Beckett
    VSCL Graduate Research Assistant Andrew Beckett (B.S. '07, M.S. '12) has joined SpaceX as a Guidance, Navigation, and Control Responsible Engineer. He is responsible for acceptance and qualification test programs for the GNC hardware used in all of SpaceX's products, providing support for vehicle GNC systems, supporting new product development, and other duties as assigned.




  27. Dr. Ryan Weisman joins Air Force Research Laboratory

    Ryan Weisman
    VSCL Graduate Research Assistant Dr. Ryan Weisman (Ph.D. '12) has joined the Space Vehicles Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory in Albuquerque, NM. Ryan is a Research Aerospace Engineer in the Guidance, Navigation, and Controls group. His research interests include nonlinear filtering, uncertainty quantification, system identification, perturbation methods, and modeling of dynamical systems.




  28. Vehicle Systems & Control Laboratory researchers receive honors in 2012

  29. Vehicle Systems & Control Laboratory Alumnus Dr. Monish Tandale (MS '02, PhD '06) Interviewed on NBC TechNow for GPU- Accelerated Air Traffic Management Research

    Dr. Monish Tandale

    Dr. Monish Tandale, a Research Scientist at Optimal Synthesis Inc. (OSI), based in Los Altos, California, is researching techniques to predict the "4-Dimensional Trajectory (4DT)" for every aircraft in the National Airspace. A 4DT describes the 3-dimensional position ( latitude, longitude, altitude) of aircraft at regular time intervals (time is the 4th dimension). In the paradigm of 4DT operations, all air traffic control decisions are performed based on the predicted 4DT, i.e. the predicted position of the aircraft in the future. This project resulted in the development of CARPAT™ (Computational Appliance for Rapid Prediction of Aircraft Trajectories).

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