Research: Applied Sciences

Inflatable Habitat Structures Design for the Lunar Surface

Writer: Stephanie Tu

My name is Stephanie Tu and I am from Somerset, NJ. I am a member of the Class of 2019, pursuing a major in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science. Ever since I was young, I have always been interested in space and the possibility of life on other planets. During freshman year, I started researching on the topic of inflatable habitat structures for use on the Moon, with my advisor, Dr. Haym Benaroya of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. After graduation, I plan on working in the industry for a period of time and then going back to attend graduate school.

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Overview of Deployable Structures and Materials for Lunar Habitation and Settlement

Writer: Anehita Oribabor

My name is Anehita Oribabor and am a member of the Class of 2017 pursuing a major in Mechanical Engineering. I am from Pennsauken, NJ, and am the youngest of three sisters. In my spare time I practice yoga, painting, and playing my viola. I thrive when I am challenged to think creatively and critically. My quest for knowledge and fascination for the unknown greatly steered my collegiate pursuits. For the past several semesters, I have been conducting research on structural and material concepts for the astronomic cultivation of a settlement on the Moon. After graduating, I plan on studying robotics and design in graduate school. My advisor is Dr. Haym Benaroya in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

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Sizing Methodology for Combined Renewable Energy Systems

Writer: Jaimie Swartz

My name is Jaimie Swartz and I am from Edison, NJ. I am a member of the Class of 2017 and am pursuing a major in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Upon entering college, I decided that my ultimate dream job was to "manage the powering of a major city with 100% renewables." For the past several semesters, I have been part of a research team that is simulating precisely the energy community that I dreamed to build several years ago. I plan to continue research in graduate school on smart grids and optimal coordination of renewable energy sources. I work in the Laboratory for Energy Smart Systems, a research group led by Dr. Mohsen Jafari in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

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Use of Active and Passive Cooling Systems in Conjunction to Enhance Cooling Efficiency in Electric Circuits

Writer: Akash Desai

There are two major means of cooling electronic circuitries, passive and active cooling. Passive cooling builds on the principle of conduction and convection of heat through its surrounding mediums via contact (such as a heat sink). Thus, this uses no external energy for heat dissipation. Active cooling, however, relies on an external power source for pumping the heat (such as a fans or liquid cooling systems).

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