NASA Ames Academy for Space Exploration

All of the Academy applications will be run through OSSI/SOLAR this year (http://intern.nasa.gov and click on internships).

*** ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLICATIONS TO THE NASA ACADEMIES

NOTE: The Academy Application Deadline is FEBRUARY 7, 2014. The Ames Space and Aero Academies will extend this deadline to February 14 due to the late postings. This is different from the normal OSSI deadline. In order to receive full consideration for an Academy position, submit your application and all necessary supplemental information by this date.

The following supplemental essay and information MUST be sent in a single Microsoft Word document to the following email address for your application to be considered:

NASA-Academy-Application@mail.nasa.gov

Please make the subject line of your email “NASA Academy Application 2014”

Academy candidates must include an additional essay attached to their application. 1) A biography on the applicant must highlight your background, interest in Space or Aeronautics, and include a description of a period in the applicant’s life during which an aptitude for leadership and teamwork was demonstrated.

AND

If the applicant is applying to more than one Academy/Opportunity, then, at the TOP of the essay document, the applicant MUST rank the desired Academies based on decreasing preference to attend them. Additionally, an applicant who is interested in multiple projects (or Opportunities) offered by any Academy MUST rank the preferred projects as well. (e.g. Preferred Academies: 1) Marshall Robotics, 2) Langley Aero, 3) Dryden Aero, 4) Ames Space. Preferred Projects: Ames: 1) S1, 2) P1, 3) A1; Marshall Robotics: 1) Project XYZ, 2) Project 321, etc)

The complete list of Academies and associated research projects may be viewed at

Ames Aero Academy: http://academy.arc.nasa.gov/
Ames Robotics Academy: http://academy.arc.nasa.gov/
Ames Space Academy: http://academy.arc.nasa.gov/
Dryden Aero Academy (webpage hosted at LaRC website): http://aero.larc.nasa.gov/
Glenn Aero Academy: https://academy.grc.nasa.gov/
Glenn Space Academy: https://academy.grc.nasa.gov/
Langley Aero Academy: http://aero.larc.nasa.gov/langley-aero-academy/
Marshall Propulsion Academy: http://propulsion.msfc.nasa.gov
Marshall Robotics Academy: http://robotics.msfc.nasa.gov
Marshall Space Academy: http://academy.msfc.nasa.gov

NASA AMES SPACE ACADEMY PROGRAM/OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION:
The Academies are intensive educational programs, which emphasize group activities, teamwork, research, leadership and creativity. The curriculum balances direct contact with science and engineering R & D with an awareness of the managerial, political, financial, social and human issues faced by aerospace professionals. Included are seminars, informal discussions, evening lectures, supervised research, visits to other NASA Centers and facilities, group project/s, tours, posters/presentations, and assessment. Additionally, most weekends are filled with group activities, team building and off-site trips. One free weekend is typically scheduled.

The Academy is not a 9 AM-5 PM summer research program. It is a rigorous, immersive experience that will challenge and push one outside of one’s comfort zone. It offers participants an intense learning experience that is either Space- or Aeronautics-based. Participants in the Academies are referred to as Research Associates (RAs) due to the close collaborative relationship with their mentors and the relatively high level of research engagement. All Academy RAs will be immersed in a NASA environment where they will experience the agency from both inside and outside perspectives. Additionally, added interaction with NASA collaborators in industry and academia will provide unique, exciting and unforgettable summer experience designed to engage and capture students within the NASA family.

The NASA Ames Space Academy specifically aims at the interdisciplinary nature of research at NASA and how current Space Policy and Politics play a role in short- and long-term decisions made at the Agency level. The Ames Space Academy is looking for scientists and engineers to focus on the integration of the broad research being done at NASA Ames as evidenced by the diverse projects that you may apply to below.

Project A1: Advanced Rotorcraft Aeromechanics Research

Project P1: Lunar Spacecraft Development

Project S1: Airborne and ground-based observations of natural and artificial meteors

Project S2: Lunar Dust, its Surface Properties and Potential Toxicity

Project S3: Understanding Warning Signs before Major Earthquakes

Project S5: Functional and Mechanistic Analysis of the Bystander Effect in the Nervous System

Project S6: Mars Habitability and Life Potential Through Mission Data Analysis and Exploration of Terrestrial Analogs

Project S7: Mars Past and Present Habitability: Detection of Caves, Cave-Bearing Geology, and Subsurface Shelters on Mars

Project S8: Life on Mars: Past, Present, and Future

Project S9: Charting the History of Earth's Earliest Microbial Ecosystems

Project T1: Studies in Virtual Environments Human Information Processing Research Branch

Project T2: The Automation for Operations Project: Development of advanced software prototypes for manned mission operations.

Project T3: Robotic Scouting for Lunar Surface Science

More information on these projects may be found on the following website:
http://academy.arc.nasa.gov/researchprojects

NASA AMES AERO ACADEMY PROGRAM/OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION: The Academies are intensive educational programs, which emphasize group activities, teamwork, research, leadership and creativity. The curriculum balances direct contact with science and engineering R & D with an awareness of the managerial, political, financial, social and human issues faced by aerospace professionals. Included are seminars, informal discussions, evening lectures, supervised research, visits to other NASA Centers and facilities, group project/s, tours, posters/presentations, and assessment. Additionally, most weekends are filled with group activities, team building and off-site trips. One free weekend is typically scheduled.

The Academy is not a 9 AM-5 PM summer research program. It is a rigorous, immersive experience that will challenge and push one outside of one's comfort zone. It offers participants an intense learning experience that is either Space- or Aeronautics-based. Participants in the Academies are referred to as Research Associates (RAs) due to the close collaborative relationship with their mentors and the relatively high level of research engagement. All Academy RAs will be immersed in a NASA environment where they will experience the agency from both inside and outside perspectives. Additionally, added interaction with NASA collaborators in industry and academia will provide unique, exciting and unforgettable summer experience designed to engage and capture students within the NASA family.

The NASA Ames Aero Academy specifically aims at the intersection of Aeronautics research between Flight Dynamics, computational fluid dynamics and air traffic management and safety. Additionaly, current Aeronautics Policy and Politics role in short- and long-term decisions made at the Agency level will be discussed. The Ames Aero Academy is looking for aerospace/mechanical/electrical/etc engineers to focus on the integration of the broad research being done at NASA Ames as evidenced by the diverse projects that you may apply to below.

Project A2: Participants will conceive and investigate novel solutions for new rotorcraft transportation system modalities and thereby, through this process, help redefine vertical lift mobility. Conceptual and preliminary vehicle designs will be developed together with demonstration of enabling characteristics of these vehicles. Past participants have conceptually designed tilt rotor aircraft twice the size of previous NASA vehicle reference designs, quad rotor aircraft that could support a metro/regional aerial mass transit system, and amphibious vertical lift aircraft that could support field science campaigns in littoral waters of Earth or planetary science missions.

Project A3: The student will assist in the planning, preparations, and conduct of a Single Pilot Operations simulation and/or development of an air traffic control scheduling tool (user interface design, etc.).

Project A4: Design, build and calibrate nozzles for the Anechoic Chamber Wind Tunnel. Calibration will consist of velocity and acoustics measurements.

Project A5: Investigative study of integrating aircraft flying in formations the NAS using an agent based NAS-wide simulation; specifically investigating the impact of assembling and disseminating formations on delay, congestion, and separation assurance in the NAS. The student would use flight plan data and determine logic to assemble and break apart formations, and study the fuel savings and delay, congestion, and/or separation assurance issues caused.

Project A6: Advances in Machine Learning for High Fidelity Design Optimization (within the Fundamental Aeronautics/Rotary-Wing/Flight Dynamics and Controls Element)

Project A7: Developing improvements to an aircraft fuel consumption model that is used to identify anomalous operations in the form of excessive fuel consumption.

Project A8: The study will consist of aero-structural modeling of a high aspect ratio wing using image processing to assist with determining bending and torsional stiffness from a static load test.


The 10-week summer Academy runs from the 2nd week of June through the third week of August. Transportation and housing will be provided by NASA in addition to a $4k stipend from your Space Grant for the summer.

NASA Ames Academy is a Diverse Summer Program that Focuses on Leadership, Team Building, and Provides Direct Contact with NASA Research in Advanced Science and Engineering.

Applications are accepted October through January for the following summer's Academy Program.

Click here to download the Synopsis Book.

Contact Brad Bailey for more information brad.bailey@nasa.gov
Contact Brad Bailey for more information brad.bailey@nasa.gov