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Undergraduate Research Opportunity in Renewable Energy

NSF REU Site in Ocean Current based Electricity Production


The Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center (SNMREC) at Florida Atlantic University is hosting an intensive summer research program focused on science and engineering challenges related to the environmentally friendly creation of electricity from ocean currents.

Ocean currents off the Southeast U.S. represent an untapped energy source with a technically feasible power production potential estimated at 19 GW in U.S. waters. The time average energy densities in this ocean current reach 3.3 kW/m2 off Florida’s east coast, several times greater than the most energy dense wind resource in the U.S. The on-campus research will focus on three technical challenges associated with harnessing this resource: resource assessment, system design and reliability and environmental impacts.


YOUR FLORIDA EXPERIENCE

  • This paid, ten-week program focuses on training, mentoring, research and providing students with an exciting summer experience that will prepare them for graduate studies or carriers in engineering and science.
  • Participants will typically work from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day with an hour for lunch.
  • Student development and training events held 2-3 times weekly.
  • Undergraduate researchers are paid $500 along with a $150 meal allowance, per week.
  • Participants will be housed in apartment-style dormitories on FAU’s Boca Raton or Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute campuses. Student project will dictate home campus.
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2017 PROJECTS

There are 10 exciting research projects planned for this summer. Please see which projects most interest you.

Resource Assessment: Regional Oceanic Modeling
Led by Laurent Chérubin, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Harbor Branch

Resource Assessment: Glider Based Resource Measurements
Led by Anni Vuorenkoski Dalgleish, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Harbor Branch

Resource Assessment: AUV Based Resource Measurements
Led by Manhar Dhanak, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Boca Raton

Turbine Design: Resilient Turbine Design
Led by Ionut Cardei, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Boca Raton

Turbine Design: Biology Inspired Energy Harvesting
Led by Oscar Curet, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Boca Raton

Turbine Design: Composite Rotor Blade Design
Led by Hassan Mahfuz, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Boca Raton
Environmental Impacts: Eye-safe Animal Detection
Led by Fraser Dalgleish, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Harbor Branch

Environmental Impacts: Automated Animal Classification
Led by Bing Ouyang, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Harbor Branch

Environmental Impacts: Turbine/Animal Strike Impact Study
Led by Marianne Porter, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Boca Raton

Environmental Impacts: Electrosensory Sensitive Species Study
Led by Stephen Kajiura, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Boca Raton

HOW TO APPLY

Complete this  online application and submit the following information to James VanZwieten:
  1. One-page statement of interest that describes your motivations, expectations and long-term objectives.
  2. Contact information for two faculty members who are willing to act as references for you.
  3. A rank-ordered list of research projects that you are most interested in.

DATES

Priority deadline: March 31, 2017
Final deadline: April 15, 2017
Accepted participants will be notified: On or before April 22, 2017
Start date: May 29, 2017
End date: August 4, 2017

*Note: Approximately 70% of REU Scholars will be selected from applications submitted by the “Priority Deadline”

CONTACT

For additional information please contact James VanZwieten at (561) 297-0955.
To print the NSF REU SNMREC Ocean Current Energy Flier, click here.

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FUNDING

This REU Site is funded through the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates program (EEC-1659468)


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