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DESIGN TEAMS

MEET THE Spring 2010 TEAMS


167 Teams and Still Counting since Fall 2002!

The Design Challenge Program celebrates its eighth anniversary with thirteen teams embarking upon the task of finding solutions to NASA-JSC provided design topics.

Five teams will be working to complete projects begun during Fall 2009; eight others begin work on one and two-semester projects. This semester brings a terrific mix of teams from Texas institutions; exciting mission relevant projects; and a range of engineering disciplines and academic levels. I am pleased to introduce them to you below:

Spring 2010 Design Teams [* denotes team leader]

Lamar University logo LAMAR UNIVERSITY - LAUNDERERS
Design of a Highly Efficient Horizontal-Axis Washing Machine for Lunar Habitat
Crew and Thermal Systems - Semester II of II
http://www.lamarlaunderers.blogspot.com/

 

LAMAR LAUNDERERS Team Patch
Institution: Lamar University
Team: ME Seniors: Justin Coletta, David Cutler, Timothy Stephens *
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Ken Aung and Dr. Jenny Zhou, Dept of Mechanical Engineering
Mentor: Evelyne Orndoff, NASA JSC Crew and Thermal Systems Division
Rice University logo RICE UNIVERSITY - SPATIAL SUSPENDERS
Novel High-Throughput 3D Tissue Culture Device to Probe Zero-Gravity Cellular Biomechanics
Biomedical Systems for Space Application - Semester II of II
http://sites.google.com/site/3dsuspenders/home

 

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Institution: Rice University
Team: BIOE Seniors: Chris Bertucci, Elizabeth Figueroa, Vani Rajendran, Joseph Rosenthal, David Sing *
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Z. Maria Oden, Dept of BioEngineering
Mentor: Dr. Tara Ruttley, NASA JSC ISS Payloads Office
Texas A&M University logo TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY - AGSPACE
Initial Mars Exploration Settlement/Village
Lunar and Planetary Surface Systems - Semester I of I
http://www.facebook.com/pages/NASA-TSGC-DESIGN-CHALLENGE-PROGRAM/248020318670#!/group.php?gid=284995561996&ref=ts

 

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Institution: Texas A&M University
Team: Multidiscipline Freshmen: Blake Bearden, Monty Bissell, Blake Burns, Taylor Lane*, Niall Reed, Michael Reynolds, Travis Schaefer, Jeffrey Speich*, Joe Stocks
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Charles Lessard, Dept of Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Humboldt Mandell, UT Center for Space Research
Texas A&M University logo TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY - BOREALIS IMPACT
Initial Mars Exploration Settlement/Village
Lunar and Planetary Surface Systems - Semester I of I

 

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Institution: Texas A&M University
Team: Multidiscipline Freshmen: Adam Bright, Benjamin Collins, Nick Durcholz, Carmen Gutierrez*, David Kostecka, Oluwatimilehin "Timi" Ogunbekun, Ashley Stansbury
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Charles Lessard, Dept of Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Humboldt Mandell, UT Center for Space Research
Texas A&M University logo TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY - TAMU FIT
Exercise Device for the Crew Exploration Vehicle
Biomedical Systems for Space Application BMED - Semester II of II
http://sites.google.com/site/tamufit/home

 

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Institution: Texas A&M University
Team: BMED Seniors: Nick Brown*, Douglas Kent, Beth Placette, Katherine Wood
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Charles Lessard, Dept of Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Tara Ruttley, NASA JSC ISS Payloads Office
Texas Tech University logo TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY, KINGSVILLE - TAMUK KOIOS
Design of a Unpressurized Manned Rover for Use on Moon or Mars
Lunar and Planetary Surface Systems - Semester II of II
http://www.teamkoios.com/

 

TAMUK KOIOS Team Patch
Institution: Texas A&M University, Kingsville
Team: ME Seniors: Fortunato Gonzalez, Enrique Molina, Luis Muratalla*, Jeremy Murillo, Eric Walker
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Larry Peel, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Humboldt Mandel, UT Center for Space Research
Texas Tech University logo TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY, KINGSVILLE - TAMUK TEAM AWESOME
Design of Dust Tolerant EVA Compatible Connectors
Crew and Thermal Systems - Semester I of II

 

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Institution: Texas A&M University, Kingsville
Team: ME Seniors: Charles Ball*, Jorge Ramos, Thomas Putnam, Alan Clay, Lorena Garcia
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Larry Peel, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Mentor: Mr. Robert Trevino, NASA JSC Crew & Thermal Systems Division
Texas Tech University logo TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY - TTU WORK-OUT
Exercise Device for the Crew Exploration Vehicle
Biomedical Systems for Space Application - Semester II of II
http://ttuworkoutdesign.webs.com/

 

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Institution: Texas Tech University
Team: ME Seniors: Kyle Freidenbloom, Stephen McDonald, Brice Patterson* ,Chris Valenzuela
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Stephen Ekwaro-Osire, Dept of Mechanical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Tara Ruttley, NASA JSC ISS Payloads Office
UT logo UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, AUSTIN - MARS WATER WORKS
Mars Water Works System - Production and Storage for Planet Mars
Lunar and Planetary Surface Systems - Semester I of I

 

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Institution: University of Texas
Team: ME Seniors: Steven Fernandez*, Ricardo Haro, Tanin Nazmul
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Thomas Kiehne and Dr. Richard Crawford, Dept of Mechanical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Humboldt Mandell, UT Center for Space Research
UT logo UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, AUSTIN - NASA ROBONAUT
Robonaut Positioning Device
Lunar and Planetary Surface Systems - Semester I of I

 

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Institution: University of Texas
Team: ME Seniors: Ben Fulcher, Alan Openshaw, Robert Taylor*
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Glenn Masada and Dr. Richard Crawford, Dept of Mechanical Engineering
Mentor: Glenn Miller and John Zipay, NASA JSC Structural Engineering Division
UT logo UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, AUSTIN - UT THERMONAUTS
Crew & Thermal Systems for Space Application
Crew and Thermal Systems - Semester I of I

 

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Institution: University of Texas
Team: ME Seniors: Krish Himmatramka, Naveen Penmetcha, Vincent Tyler*
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Alexandre da Silva and Dr. Richard Crawford, Dept of Mechanical Engineering
Mentor: Ryan Stephen, NASA JSC Crew & Thermal Systems Division
UT logo UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, AUSTIN - TEAM REFLUX
Freeze Back Radiator
Crew and Thermal Systems - Semester I of I

 

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Institution: University of Texas
Team: ME Seniors: Andrew King, Tyler Mann, Casey Zak*
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Thomas Kiehne and Dr. Richard Crawford, Dept of Mechanical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Gene Ungar, NASA JSC Crew & Thermal Systems Division
UTSA University logo UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, SAN ANTONIO - PERPETUAL LIGHT INC. (PLI)
Freeze Back Radiator
Crew and Thermal Systems - Semester I of I
http://www.facebook.com/pages/NASA-TSGC-DESIGN-CHALLENGE-PROGRAM/248020318670#!/pages/Perpetual-Light-Inc/307636932112?ref=ts

 

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Institution: University of Texas, San Antonio
Team: ME Seniors: Michael Gouge, Adrian Martinez*
Faculty Advisor: Dr. John Simonis Dept of Mechanical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Gene Ungar, NASA JSC Crew & Thermal Systems Division