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ABOUT THE DESIGN CHALLENGE

DESIGN TEAMS

TEAM NOTEBOOK

DESIGN TOPICS

TIMELINE

 

 

 

PROGRAM CONTACTS

Dr. Tim Urban
designchallenge@tsgc.utexas.edu

voice: 512-471-0967
fax: 512-471-3585

3925 West Braker Lane, Suite 200
Austin, Texas 78759

toll-free switchboard:
1-800-248-8752

 

Talia Jurgens
designchallenge@tsgc.utexas.edu

voice: 512-471-8271
fax: 512-471-3585

3925 West Braker Lane, Suite 200
Austin, Texas 78759

toll-free switchboard:
1-800-248-8752

 

 

ABOUT THE DESIGN CHALLENGE

CHALLENGE Topics - SPRING 2022

The student majors and levels listed in the specs are guidelines. Student teams may be comprised of 3-6 members having different majors and levels, and may include members who are enrolled in related programs or have significant experience or interest in the chosen topic. Members not meeting the topics guidelines are forewarned that extra work may be needed to understand the research material. Team selection is subject to TSGC and NASA mentor approval. Contact TSGC and the project mentor with specific questions.

Please be advised that occasionally topics are restricted by NASA to U.S. Citizen participation only and will be noted as such. At this time, no restrictions are in place for the current list of topics below.

Each applying team should choose three potential topics, a 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice from the OPEN topics list.

All team members must be from a TSGC affiliate member institution. Teams may be comprised of students from different institutions.

Please consult the Team Notebook for application and program details.

OPEN topics are seeking team applications this semester until the deadline.

RESERVED topics have at least one team assigned to work on that project this semester. Reserved topics may open again next semester.

CLOSED opics are not offered this semester. They may still of interest to NASA and may become open in future semesters. Contact the mentor or TSGC to explore options.

Questions regarding team membership and other policies should be directed to designchallenge@tsgc.utexas.edu.

SPRING 2022 TOPICS LISTING UPDATE - [pdf]

TOPIC # TOPIC TITLE TEAM SPECS / TOPIC STATUS
OPEN
 
TDC-00 CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE

NASA MENTOR: To be assigned upon acceptance

Special Notice Specs: Teams may propose to work on any NASA or space-related project approved by their faculty advisor, provided that they also secure their own mentor. See the Download Specs file for details.

Download Specs [pdf]
  • Majors: Interdisciplinary Teams
  • Levels: All Levels
  • Duration: One or Two Semester
  • SPECIAL NOTICE: See Specs for additional info.
  • Status: OPEN
  • Current Teams: 1
TDC-24 INITIAL MARS BASE

NASA MENTOR: Hum Mandell
CSR & NASA JSC Exploration Office

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  • Majors: ALL
  • Levels: ALL
  • Duration: One or Two Semester
  • Status: OPEN
  • Current Teams: 1
TDC-64 MAINSTREAM SOLUTIONS FOR LUNAR DUST MITIGATION

NASA MENTOR: Kristen John

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  • Majors: All Majors
  • Levels: All Levels
  • Duration: One Semester
  • Status: OPEN
  • Current Teams: 0
TDC-66 LANDING ZONE STRATEGY FOR LUNAR BASE TRANSPORT

NASA MENTOR: Chatwin Lansdowne
NASA JSC, EV8 Branch

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  • Majors: All Engineering MJRS
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [SOPH/JR/SR]
  • Duration: Two Semester
  • Status: OPEN
  • Current Teams: 0
TDC-69 RADIATION-TOLERANT GRAPHICS PROCESSING UNIT (RGPU) ARCHITECTURE INVESTIGATION

NASA MENTOR: George Salazar
NASA JSC, EV/Human Interface Branch

Download Specs [pdf]
  • Majors: EE, CE, CS
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [JR/SR]
  • Duration: Two Semester
  • Status: OPEN
  • Current Teams: 0
TDC-78 RECONFIGURABLE LIGHTING SYSTEMS FOR SPACECRAFT HABITATS BEYOND LOW EARTH ORBIT

NASA MENTOR: Toni A. Clark
NASA JSC, Lighting Lab

Download Specs [pdf]
  • Majors: ME, EE, ARCH, PHYS (Optics), Human Factors
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [SOPH/JR/SR]
  • Duration: One to Two Semester
  • Status: OPEN
  • Current Teams: 0
RESERVED
 
TDC-25 ADVANCED SPACECRAFT LIGHTING CONTROL SYSTEM

NASA MENTOR: George Salazar
SA JSC, EV/Human Interface Branch

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  • Majors: EE, ME, CE
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [JR/SR]
  • Duration: Two Semester
  • Status: RESERVED
  • Current Teams: 1
TDC-32 DUAL-USE WIDEBAND MICROPHONE ARRAY SYSTEM CHALLENGE

NASA MENTOR: George Salazar
NASA JSC, Engineering Directorate, Avionic Systems Division

Download Specs [pdf]
  • Majors: EE, CE, ME, Physics
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [JR/SR]
  • Duration: Two Semester
  • Status: RESERVED
  • Current Teams: 1
TDC-40 MICRO-G NEUTRAL BUOYANCY EXPERIMENT: ORION CREW SAFTEY OR LUNAR SURFACE EVA OPERATIONS (4 CHALLENGE OPTIONS)

NASA MENTOR: To be assigned upon acceptance
NASA JSC, Office of Education

Special Notice Specs: See the Micro-g NExT website for program information, topics, FAQ, and deadlines. Teams will be participating in both TSGC Design Challenge and NASA Micro-g NExT programs. Check deadlines for each program. Continuation for a second semester in Design Challenge is contingent upon NASA selecting the team proposal to continue to Phase 2 of Micro-g NExT.
  • Majors: Interdisciplinary Teams
  • Levels: All Levels
  • Duration: One or Two Semester
  • SPECIAL NOTICE: See Specs for additional info.
  • Status: RESERVED
  • Current Teams: 1
TDC-45 VEHICLE INTERCHANGEABLE ELECTRONIC CONTROLLER(VIEC) NETWORK SYSTEM

NASA MENTOR: George Salazar
NASA JSC, EV/Communications System Branch

Download Specs [pdf]
  • Majors: EE, CHE, ME
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [JR/SR]
  • Duration: Two Semester
  • Status: RESERVED
  • Current Teams: 1
TDC-49 ANTENNA MOUNTING STRUCTURE FOR LANDER OR ZERO GRAVITY CREWED ENVIRONMENT

NASA MENTOR: Chatwin Lansdowne
NASA JSC, EV8 Branch

Download Specs [pdf]
  • Majors: ME, AE
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [JR/SR]
  • Duration: One or Two Semester
  • Status: RESERVED
  • Current Teams: 1
TDC-61 MACHINE-LEARNING HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERFACE SYSTEM (MHIS)

NASA MENTOR: George Salazar
NASA JSC, Human Interface Branch

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  • Majors: EE, CE
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [JR/SR]
  • Duration: Two Semester
  • Status: RESERVED
  • Current Teams: 1
TDC-73 NOVEL NON-TRACKING FIBER OPTIC SOLAR CONCENTRATOR FOR EXTRATERRESTRIAL APPLICATIONS

NASA MENTORS: Christopher N. Mendell and Houston Green
Jacob/JETS

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  • Majors: ME/EE/AE/Eng Phys/Math
  • Levels: All Levels
  • Duration: Two Semester
  • Status: RESERVED
  • Current Teams: 1
TDC-77 DARK MATTERS: QUALIFICATION OF THE BLACKEST BLACK SURFACES & TEXTILES FOR ARCHITECTURAL APPLICATIONS TO CONTROL SCATTERED LIGHT

NASA MENTOR: Toni A. Clark
NASA JSC, Lighting Lab

Download Specs [pdf]
  • Majors: EE, Ch.E, Materials & Manufacturing Eng, PHYS & Chem, Architecture & Facility Design majors
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [JR/SR]
  • Duration: One or Two Semester
  • Status: RESERVED
  • Current Teams: 1
CLOSED
 
TDC-01 CREW FORCE LOADING ON PRIMARY AND SECONDARY STRUCTURE

NASA MENTOR: James Smith
NASA JSC, Engineering Directorate, Structural Engineering Division

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  • Majors: AE, BME, Eng Phys, ME
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [JR/SR]
  • Duration: Two-Semester
  • Status: CLOSED
  • Current Teams: 0
TDC-11 ALTERNATE CLOTHING WASHING OR SANITIZING SYSTEM FOR LONG DURATION SPACE MISSIONS

NASA MENTOR: Robert Trevino
NASA JSC, Engineering Directorate

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  • Majors: All Levels
  • Levels: All Majors
  • Status: CLOSED
  • Current Teams: 0
TDC-23 OLFACTORY DELIVERY SYSTEM (ODS) DEVELOPMENT

NASA MENTOR: George Salazar
NASA JSC, Human Interface Branch Office

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  • Majors: EE, CE, ME, CHE
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [JR/SR]
  • Duration: Two-Semester
  • Status: CLOSED
  • Current Teams: 0
TDC-33 USE OF SONIFICATION FOR SPACECRAFT SITUATIONAL AWARENESS APPLICATIONS

NASA MENTOR: George Salazar
NASA JSC, Engineering Directorate, EV/Human Interface Branch

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  • Majors: EE,CE
  • Levels: Upper Division [JR/SR]
  • Duration: Two-Semester
  • Status: CLOSED
  • Current Teams: 0
TDC-43 ANTENNA PERFORMANCE OF STANDARD-BASED CONSUMER COMMUNICATION COMMERCIAL OFF-THE-SHELF (COTS) HARDWARE

NASA MENTOR: Chatwin Lansdowne
NASA JSC, EV/Communications System Branch

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  • Majors: EE, CE
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [JR/SR]
  • Duration: Two Semester
  • Status: CLOSED
  • Current Teams: 0
TDC-44 DESIGN OF A THERMAL/CAPILLARY FLIGHT EXPERIMENT

NASA MENTOR: John Graf
NASA JSC, Crew and Thermal Systems Division - EC

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  • Majors: CHE, ME
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [JR/SR]
  • Duration: Two Semester
  • Status: CLOSED
  • Current Teams: 0
TDC-46 SPACECRAFT LIGHTING NETWORK SYSTEM (SLNS)

NASA MENTOR: George Salazar
NASA JSC, EV/Human Interface Branch

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  • Majors: EE/CE, CS, AE, Eng.
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [JR/SR]
  • Duration: Two Semester
  • Status: CLOSED
  • Current Teams: 0
TDC-47 HUMAN-TENDED INFLATABLE LUNAR OUTPOST

NASA MENTOR: John Alred
NASA JSC, EV/Human Interface Branch

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  • Majors: AE, ME or Materials Eng.
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [JR/SR]
  • Duration: Two Semester
  • Status: CLOSED
  • Current Teams: 0
TDC-50 BLUETOOTH TRACKING VIA BEACONS AND ANGLE OF ARRIVAL

NASA MENTOR: Justin Bautista
NASA JSC, EV3 Branch

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  • Majors: EE, CE, CS
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [JR/SR]
  • Duration: Two Semester
  • Status: CLOSED
  • Current Teams: 0
TDC-51 3D PRINTED FERROUS EMI-EME SHIELDING

NASA MENTOR: Chatwin Lansdowne
NASA JSC, EV8 Branch

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  • Majors: EE
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [JR/SR]
  • Duration: One Semester
  • Status: CLOSED
  • Current Teams: 0
TDC-52 3D PRINTED CONDUCTIVE EMI-EME SHIELDING

NASA MENTOR: Chatwin Lansdowne
NASA JSC, EV8 Branch

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  • Majors: EE
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [JR/SR]
  • Duration: One Semester
  • Status: CLOSED
  • Current Teams: 0
TDC-53 ALTERNATE TREADMILL FOR EXPLORATION MISSIONS

NASA MENTOR: Phillip Callen
NASA JSC, Flight Systems Branch/ER3; Software, Robotics, and Simulation Division; Engineering Directorate

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  • Majors: Multidiscipline (ME, EE, CS, BioMed etc.)
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [JR/SR]
  • Duration: One or Two Semester
  • Status: CLOSED
  • Current Teams: 0
TDC-54 MULTI-MOTOR EXERCISE DEVICE FOR SPACE EXPLORATION

NASA MENTOR: Phillip Callen
NASA JSC, Flight Systems Branch/ER3; Software, Robotics, and Simulation Division; Engineering Directorate

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  • Majors: Multidiscipline (ME, EE, CS, BioMed etc.)
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [JR/SR]
  • Duration: One or Two Semester
  • Status: CLOSED
  • Current Teams: 0
TDC-55 TACTILE DISPLAY FOR SPACEWALKS

NASA MENTOR: Ricco Aceves
NASA JSC, EV3 Branch

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  • Majors: EE/CE, CS, AE, ME
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [JR/SR]
  • Duration: Two Semester
  • Status: CLOSED
  • Current Teams: 0
TDC-56 DEVELOPMENT OF VARIABLE EMISSIVITY COATINGS/STRUCTURES FOR SPACECRAFT THERMAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

NASA MENTOR: Angel Alvarez-Hernandez
NASA JSC, ES3 Thermal Design Branch

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  • Majors: All Majors
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [JR/SR]
  • Duration: One or Two Semester
  • Status: CLOSED
  • Current Teams: 0
TDC-57 NOVEL HUMAN RATED SPACECRAFT THERMAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

NASA MENTOR: Angel Alvarez-Hernandez
NASA JSC, ES3 Thermal Design Branch

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  • Majors: All Majors
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [JR/SR]
  • Duration: One or Two Semester
  • Status: CLOSED
  • Current Teams: 0
TDC-58 NEW DEPLOYABLE RADIATOR DESIGN FOR INFLATABLE STRUCTURES

NASA MENTOR: Angel Alvarez-Hernandez
NASA JSC, ES3 Thermal Design Branch

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  • Majors: All Majors
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [JR/SR]
  • Duration: One or Two Semester
  • Status: CLOSED
  • Current Teams: 0
TDC-59 DEVELOPMENT OF DAMAGE TOLERANT/SELF-HEALING HEATER SYSTEMS FOR SPACECRAFT THERMAL MANAGEMENT

NASA MENTOR: Angel Alvarez-Hernandez
NASA JSC, ES3 Thermal Design Branch

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  • Majors: All Majors
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [JR/SR]
  • Duration: One or Two Semester
  • Status: CLOSED
  • Current Teams: 0
TDC-62 PREVENTION, MITIGATION, OR TREATMENT OF CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN

NASA MENTORS: Bara Reyna & George Salazar
NASA JSC, Exploration Medical Capability Branch

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  • Majors: Kinesiology
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [JR/SR]
  • Duration: Two Semester
  • Status: CLOSED
  • Current Teams: 0
TDC-63 GREYWATER SYSTEMS FOR LUNAR HABITATS

NASA MENTOR: John Graf
NASA JSC, NASA JSC, ES Structures and Materials

Download Specs [pdf]
  • Majors: AE, ME or Materials Eng
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [SOPH/JR/SR]
  • Duration: Two Semester
  • Status: CLOSED
  • Current Teams: 0
TDC-65 TRADE STUDY FOR CREW LUNAR ASCENT

NASA MENTOR: Chatwin Lansdowne
NASA JSC, EV8 Branch

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  • Majors: All Engineering MJRS
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [SOPH/JR/SR]
  • Duration: Two Semester
  • Status: CLOSED
  • Current Teams: 0
TDC-67 ANTENNA MOUNTING STRUCTURE FOR LANDER OR MICRO-GRAVITY CREWED ENVIRONMENT

NASA MENTOR: Chatwin Lansdowne
NASA JSC, EV8 Branch

Download Specs [pdf]
  • Majors: EE/CE, CS, AE, Eng Phys, ME, Phys
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [JR/SR]
  • Duration: Two Semester
  • Status: CLOSED
  • Current Teams: 0
TDC-68 PRIVATE CLOUD WITH WIRELESS INTERNET OF THINGS (IoT)

NASA MENTOR: Chatwin Lansdowne
NASA JSC, EV8 Branch

Download Specs [pdf]
  • Majors: EE/CS/CE
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [SOPH/JR/SR]
  • Duration: Two Semester
  • Status: CLOSED
  • Current Teams: 0
TDC-70 NOVEL NON-HUMAN RATED SPACECRAFT THERMAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

NASA MENTOR: Angel Alvarez-Hernandez
NASA JSC, ES3 Thermal Design Branch

Download Specs [pdf]
  • Majors: All Majors
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [JR/SR]
  • Duration: One or Two Semester
  • Status: CLOSED
  • Current Teams: 0
TDC-71 MACHINE LEARNING AUDIO DENOISING

NASA MENTOR: Arjun Sethi
NASA JSC, EV3 Audio Development Team

Download Specs [pdf]
  • Majors: CS/SE/CE
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [JR/SR]
  • Duration: Two Semester
  • Status: CLOSED
  • Current Teams: 0
TDC-72 LUMINOUS NAVIGATION MARKERS FOR LUNAR SURFACE EVAS

NASA MENTORS: Toni A. Clark, P.E. and George Salazar
NASA JSC, JSC SF3 Leidos (HHPC Contract)/EV3 Branch

Download Specs [pdf]
  • Majors: EE/ME/IDES/HF/Electronic Design
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [JR/SR]
  • Duration: One to Two-Semester
  • Status: CLOSED
  • Current Teams: 0
TDC-74 PLATFORM FOR LUNAR FOLLOW-ME CAMERA DRONE

NASA MENTOR: Chatwin Lansdowne
NASA JSC

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  • Majors: AE, Eng Phys, ME, Phys, Math
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [SOPH/JR/SR]
  • Duration: One Semester
  • Status: CLOSED
  • Current Teams: 0
TDC-75 MODIFIED SMALL TERRESTIAL CLOTHES DRYER FOR LONG DURATION SPACE MISSIONS

NASA MENTOR: Robert Trevino
NASA JSC, Engineering Directorate

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  • Majors: All Majors
  • Levels: All Levels
  • Duration: One or Two Semester
  • Status: CLOSED
  • Current Teams: 0
TDC-76 MODIFIED SMALL TERRESTIAL CLOTHES WASHER FOR LONG DURATION SPACE MISSIONS

NASA MENTOR: Robert Trevino
NASA JSC, Engineering Directorate

Download Specs [pdf]
  • Majors: All Majors
  • Levels: All Levels
  • Duration: One or Two Semester
  • Status: CLOSED
  • Current Teams: 0
TDC-80 NASA SUITS (Spacesuit User Interface Technologies for Students)

NASA MENTOR: To be assigned upon acceptance
NASA JSC, Office of STEM Engagement

Special Notice Specs: See the NASA SUITS website for program information, topics, FAQ, and deadlines. Teams will be participating in both TSGC Design Challenge and NASA SUITS programs. Check deadlines for each program. Continuation for a second semester in Design Challenge is contingent upon NASA selecting the team proposal to continue to Phase 2 of NASA SUITS.
  • Majors: Interdisciplinary Teams
  • Levels: All Levels
  • Duration: One or Two Semester
  • SPECIAL NOTICE: See Specs for additional info.
  • Status: CLOSED
  • Current Teams: 0
TDC-90 NASA’s BIG Idea Challenge

NASA MENTOR: To be assigned upon acceptance
NASA JSC, Office of STEM Engagement

Special Notice Specs: See the NASA BIG Idea Challenge for program information, topics, FAQ, and deadlines. Teams will be participating in both TSGC Design Challenge and NASA BIG Idea programs. Check deadlines for each program. Continuation for a second semester in Design Challenge is contingent upon NASA selecting the team proposal to continue to Phase 2 of NASA BIG Idea Challenge.
  • Majors: Interdisciplinary Teams
  • Levels: All Levels
  • Duration: One or Two Semester
  • SPECIAL NOTICE: See Specs for additional info.
  • Status: CLOSED
  • Current Teams: 0