In this issue
- XDBview used as STEM teaching aid for Australian students
- AIAA Generation STEM: Discovering Aerospace through Experience
- Japan’s Aerospace Fluid Science Summer School
In this issue
AIAA held their first Generation STEM event and Intelligent Light is proud to have supported this special program at its launch. Generation STEM is an education outreach program anchored by a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math fair. Nearly 350 students from middle schools (6th through 8th grade) in the Los Angeles area came to the event and spent a few hours exploring and observing real-world phenomena, participating in design projects, exploring engineering, astronomy and chemistry. The experiences and discussions provided a glimpse of what is happening in science and engineering today and offered an invitation to a future in technical disciplines.
AIAA’s Generation STEM event is unique in that it is an outreach from the aerospace industry directly to the students. This personal connection created a great deal of enthusiasm among the students and gave many a glimpse into a future in aerospace that they can believe in. The explorations, experiments and projects were immediately relevant to them.
Students were engaged by a large complex of hands-on explorations, mini-design challenges, demonstrations and special speakers lead by Dr. Sandy Magnus, a NASA astronaut and now AIAA Executive Director. Additional speakers included young engineering professionals and students who described the motivations, educational paths and skills they had developed that were important to their success. (AIAA photos)
Intelligent Light, a longtime corporate partner of AIAA, engaged students in large numbers through a station co-presented by NASA that introduced some basics of observing and understanding fluid mechanics via Bernoulli’s Principle. Students were directly involved in hands-on fluid flow experiments, wind tunnel demonstrations that allowed airflow to be seen and explored and were introduced to the use of CFD simulation with powerful visualizations that illuminated fluid flows in ways the students had never before been able to observe. We had energetic discussions about the skills of observation, importance of understanding, need for analytical methods, engineering intuition and places to observe the effects of fluid flows in the day to day world around us. Students learned that their real-life observations and understanding would power their ability to discern “correct” presentations of behaviors and create ideas for advancing discovery and design.
From August 2nd to 4th, Aerospace Fluid Science Summer School 2015 was held at Yugawara, Kanagawa, Japan. A total of 47 participants, both students and professors, came from 11 universities and organizations, including Aichi Institute of Technology, University of Electro-Communications, Nagoya Univ., Nihon Univ., Ochanomizu Univ., Tohoku Univ., Tokyo Univ., The Tokyo Metropolitan Univ., Tottori Univ and JAXA.
This event was different from regular conferences. The presentations were brief and students were given more time to discuss the work rather than just presenting it. They also were able to get advice from different perspectives to improve both their research and their presentation abilities. Many ideas were generated that students will pursue back at their home laboratories. With three days together, the students developed relationships and friendships that will continue as they complete their studies and begin their careers.
This is an event that began informally with a group of about 10 students and has grown consistently since its inception. We were glad to help the students by supporting this event and are looking forward to participating again next year.
Scalable Knowledge Capture is Essential to Avoid CFD Bottlenecks
NASA’s CFD Vision 2030 Study details the many challenges that remain to routinely obtain accurate physics-based predictions of complex turbulent flows, including how to streamline and automate analysis to gain knowledge. Evolving HPC architectures will produce huge amounts of data, and future CFD technologies must be built to both realize the promise and avoid the pitfalls of this uncertain landscape. At Aviation 2015 this summer, Intelligent Light’s Dr. Earl Duque participated in an expert panel that discussed visions for post-processing and knowledge capture to meet the NASA 2030 CFD goals. Dr. Duque will be the lead author on the summary paper targeted for SciTech 2016.
Reduced Order Modeling Identified in the Study as an Enabling Technology
Reduced Order Modeling (ROM) can both compress and summarize, in a physics-oriented way, large unsteady CFD results and experimental data. Dr. Duque’s Applied Research Group at Intelligent Light has been successfully collaborating with BYU in an Air Force Research Laboratory-funded research effort to apply ROMs and Self-Organizing Maps (SOMs) to turbomachinery CFD. This is one example of how a partnership of government, industry and university researchers is working to make NASA’s 2030 CFD vision a reality.