2013 Physics Internships at Wesleyan

2013 Physics Internships at Wesleyan

2013 Physics Internships at Wesleyan
Photo, left-to-right: Matt Spicer, David Rhodes, Conor Forrester, Matt Stadelman, Dr. Popson, Travis Hanson, Josh Hiett, Dr. DeLaney, Lucas Greza, Andrew Knotts

Matt Spicer and Conor Forrester worked with Dr. Reynolds on a collaboration with West Virginia Split Rail Corporation (WVSRC). They recommended ideas for new products and methods to improve environmental protection. Funding was provided by WVSCR and a grant from the NASA-WV Space Grant Consortium.
DavidRhodesworked with Dr. Wiest and Bob Grose to construct an improved turbine engine. Financial support was provided by a Ledford grant. 
 
Lucas Greza constructed a hypersonic blow-down wind tunnel under the mentorship of Dr. Wiest. Lucas's stipend was provided by the NASA-WV Space Grant Consortium
 
Travis Hanson worked with Dr. Popson to investigate properties of flowing water. Topics included viscosity, water flowing in open channels and pipes, sluice gates, pumps, and turbines. Funding was provided by a SURE grant.
RussellGillespie's  project, "Hyperfine Atomic Structure," utilized the new high-resolution spectrometer in our Electro-Optics Lab. Russell worked with Dr. Wiest, and his funding came from a SURE grant. 
 
Emily Biggs worked with Dr. Wiest on "Hydrocarbon Separation Using Quadrupole Mass Spectrometry." Emily used our new Extorr mass spectrometer and Pfeiffer turbo vacuum pump to determine the relative abundances of the constituent molecules in natural gas. Emily's funding came from a SURE grant.
MattStadelman  worked with Dr. DeLaney to map the three-dimensional structure of the supernova remnant in Cassiopeia A using the Python computer language. DeLaney has a multi-year NASA grant to analyze the dataset from the Very Large Array radio telescope. They are comparing their findings to the X-ray images from the Chandra X-ray observatory. Their results will give new insights on the star remnant's explosion. Matt's work is continuing into the fall semester.
JoshHiettand Andrew Knotts  constructed electronics for the NASA picosatellite project. The electronics is designed to power and control an IMU analog device consisting of an accelerometer, magnetometer, and tri-axial gyroscope. They developed program codes to power an Arduino microcontroller that would accurately decipher and convert the data that was collected into a readable format. They attended a workshop at NASA IV&V in Fairmont, where they use a program called RockSat C to develop and model small and large rockets. The NASA-WV Space Grant Consortium provided their stipends.

 

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