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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 - FALL 2018

All new teams are being solicited for Fall 2018. Topics, team requirements, and project specs are listed below.

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 two potential topics, a 1st and a 2nd choice from the OPEN topics list.

RESERVED topics have a team assigned to work on that project and may become open if the team withdraws. Please contact TSGC if you are interested in a RESERVED topic.

CLOSED topics not offered this semester. They are still of interest to NASA and may become open in future semester

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

FALL 2018 TOPICS LISTING UPDATE - [pdf]

TOPIC # TOPIC TITLE TEAM SPECS / TOPIC STATUS
OPEN
 
TDC-03 HYPERVELOCITY IMPACT MODELING ON WINDOWS

NASA MENTOR: John Alred
NASA JSC, Engineering Directorate, Structural Engineering Division

Download Specs [pdf]
  • Majors: AE, Eng Phys, MME, ME, Phys, Math
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [JR/SR]
  • Duration: Two-Semester
  • Status: OPEN
  • 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: OPEN
  • Current Teams: 0
TDC-32 DUAL-USE WIDEBAND MICROPHONE ARRAY SYSTEM CHALLENGE

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

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  • Majors: EE, CE, ME, Physics
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [JR/SR]
  • Duration: Two Semester
  • Status: OPEN
  • Current Teams: 0
TDC-35 MARS SAMPLE RETURN SYSTEM (MSRS)

NASA MENTOR: John Alred
NASA JSC, Engineering Directorate, Structural Engineering Division

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  • Majors: ALL MAJORS
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [JR/SR]
  • Duration: Two-Semester
  • Status: OPEN
  • Current Teams: 0
TDC-36 MARS FIELD LAB

NASA MENTOR: John Alred
NASA JSC, Engineering Directorate, Structural Engineering Division

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  • Majors: ALL MAJORS
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [JR/SR]
  • Duration: Two-Semester
  • Status: OPEN
  • Current Teams: 0
TDC-37 A LOW POWER, SOLID STATE, METHOD OF OXYGEN OF SUPPLY

NASA MENTOR: John Graf
NASA JSC, Engineering Directorate/ Crew and Thermal Systems Division

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  • Majors: ME, CHEME, Physics, Materials
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [JR/SR]
  • Duration: Two-Semester
  • Status: OPEN
  • Current Teams: 0
TDC-38 DESIGN/BUILD/TEST A COMPACT, HIGH SPECIFIC AREA LIQUID CONTACTOR

NASA MENTOR: John Graf
NASA JSC, Engineering Directorate/ Crew and Thermal Systems Division

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  • Majors: ME, CHEME, Physics, Materials
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [JR/SR]
  • Duration: Two-Semester
  • Status: OPEN
  • 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: OPEN
  • 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: OPEN
  • Current Teams: 0
TDC-49 ANTENNA MOUNTING STRUCTURE FOR LANDER OR ZERO GRAVITY CREWED ENVIRONMENT

NASA MENTOR: Chatwin Lansdowne
NASA JSC, EV8 Branch

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

NASA MENTORS: Angel Alvarez-Hernandez, Ron Lewis
NASA JSC, ES3 Thermal Design Branch

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

NASA MENTORS: Angel Alvarez-Hernandez, Laurie Carrillo
NASA JSC, ES3 Thermal Design Branch

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  • Majors: All Majors
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [JR/SR]
  • Duration: One or Two Semester
  • Status: OPEN
  • 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: OPEN
  • Current Teams: 0
TDC-60 HUMAN RATED SPACECRAFT THERMAL MATH MODEL RUNTIME OPTIMIZATION MATH

NASA MENTORS: Angel Alvarez-Hernandez, Mark Cavanaugh
NASA JSC, ES3 Thermal Design Branch

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  • Majors: All Majors
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [JR/SR]
  • Duration: One or Two Semester
  • Status: OPEN
  • Current Teams: 0
RESERVED
 
 
 
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: 1
TDC-04 MODEL TO PREDICT OPTICAL PROPERTIES IN SPACE

NASA MENTOR: John Alred
NASA JSC, Engineering Directorate, Structural Engineering Division

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  • Majors: AE, Eng Phys, MME, ME, Optics, Phys, Math, AM
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [JR/SR]
  • Duration: Two-Semester
  • Status: CLOSED
  • Current Teams: 1
TDC-10 PROTOTYPE OF A SPACE WIFI MOBILE, DISRUPTION-TOLERANT, AD-HOC MESH NETWORK

NASA MENTOR: Chatwin Lansdowne
NASA JSC, Engineering Directorate

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  • Majors: AE, AAE, EE, CE, Eng Phys, Physics, Math/AM, CS
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [JR/SR]
  • Duration: Two-Semester
  • Status: CLOSED
  • Current Teams: 1
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: 2
TDC-24 MARS HABITAT & INITIAL SETTLEMENT VILLAGE

NASA MENTOR: Hum Mandell
CSR & NASA JSC Exploration Office

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  • Majors: ALL
  • Levels: ALL
  • Status: CLOSED
  • Current Teams: 1
TDC-25 INTELLIGENT 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: CLOSED
  • Current Teams: 2
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: 1
TDC-40 MICRO-G NEUTRAL BUOYANCY EXPERIMENT: SPACEWALK TOOLS (3 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 Design Challenge and Micro-g NExT programs.
  • Majors: Interdisciplinary Teams
  • Levels: All Levels
  • Duration: One or Two Semester
  • SPECIAL NOTICE: See Specs for additional info.
  • Status: CLOSED
  • Current Teams: 2
TDC-41 ICE 3D PRINTER

NASA MENTOR: Brian Banker
NASA JSC, Human Interface Branch

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  • Majors: All Majors
  • Levels: All Levels
  • Duration: Two Semester
  • Status: CLOSED
  • Current Teams: 1
TDC-45 VEHICLE INTERCHANGEABLE ELECTRONIC CONTROLLER(VIEC) NETWORK SYSTEM

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

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  • Majors: EE, CHE, ME
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [JR/SR]
  • Duration: Two Semester
  • Status: CLOSED
  • Current Teams: 1
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: 2
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: 1
TDC-48 HIGH EFFICIENCY THERMAL CONTROL GARMENTS

NASA MENTOR: Christopher Massina
NASA JSC, Crew and Thermal Systems Division, Thermal Systems Branch

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  • Majors: All Majors
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [JR/SR]
  • Duration: Two Semester
  • Status: CLOSED
  • Current Teams: 1
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: 1
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

Download Specs [pdf]
  • Majors: Multidiscipline (ME, EE, CS, BioMed etc.)
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [JR/SR]
  • Duration: One or Two Semester
  • Status: CLOSED
  • Current Teams: 1
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: 1
TDC-57 NOVEL HUMAN RATED SPACECRAFT THERMAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

NASA MENTORS: Angel Alvarez-Hernandez, Ron Lewis
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: 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: CLOSED
  • Current Teams: 1
TDC-62 PREVENTION, MITIGATION, OR TREATMENT OF CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN

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

Download Specs [pdf]
  • Majors: Kinesiology
  • Levels: UPPER DIVISION [JR/SR]
  • Duration: Two Semester
  • Status: CLOSED
  • Current Teams: 1