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Summer 2022 REU at the University of Central Florida

Students at West Virginia University are invited to participate in the  NSF-DoD REU Site: Advanced Technologies for Hypersonic, Propulsive, Energetic, and Reusable Platforms (HYPER) at the University of Central Florida (UCF).

HYPER addresses challenges in aerospace travel and energy production, advancing the fundamental knowledge needed to overcome technical barriers limiting hypersonic flight. 

The 10-week program will be held this summer from Sunday, May 22 – Saturday, July 30, 2022. Participants will gain hands-on research training in challenges such as: utilizing advanced manufacturing techniques for high-value components, integrating in-site monitoring of stress-strain evolution, developing novel methods for improved internal cooling and heat transfer effectiveness, and mitigating flutter through advanced rotor dynamic control. Many of these challenges rely on approaches that cut across disciplines and research techniques.

The program is actively recruiting a diverse group of participants. 

These students will:

  • Conduct hands-on research guided directly by a faculty mentor and their graduate student(s)
  • Interact with a diverse multidisciplinary team of researchers
  • Visit the NASA Kennedy Space Center and various aerospace companies
  • Participate in professional development workshops
  • Gain in-depth training on numerical simulation software ANSYS
  • Prepare for graduate school and a research-based career
  • Engage with other REU groups located at UCF

Each HYPER REU participant will receive a summer stipend of $5,000, on-campus housing, and a travel allowance to and from Orlando, Florida. To learn more about the program, please visit the program website or view the HYPER REU flyer [PNG]. 

The application deadline for HYPER is Sunday, March 13, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET. Prospective participants may apply online here

The organizers of the program are Drs. Ali P. Gordon and Jeffrey L. Kauffman ( Contact them with any questions about the HYPER REU program.