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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.

Watch a brief interview with the director of this REU, related to ocean current energy production, here.


YOUR FLORIDA EXPERIENCE

  • This paid, 10 week program focuses on training, mentoring, research and providing students with an exciting summer experience that will prepare them for graduate studies or careers in engineering and science.
  • Participants will typically work 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day with an hour for lunch.
  • Student development and training events held two to three times weekly.
  • Undergraduate researchers are paid $500 along with a $150 meal allowance, per week.
  • Apartment-style dormitory housing will be provided to participants on FAU’s Boca Raton or Harbor Branch campuses. Student project will dictate home campus.
  • Suggestions for making the most out of your South Florida visit and Research Experience have been provided by the 2017 REU class
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There are several exciting research projects planned for this summer. Please see which projects most interest you.

Resource Assessment: Nested Modeling of Submesoscale Dynamics
Project Lead: Mingshun Jiang, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Habor Branch

Resource Assessment: AUV Based Turbulence Measurements
Project Lead: Manhar Dhanak, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Boca Raton

Resource Assessment: Open-Ocean Turbulence Assessment
Project Lead: James VanZwieten, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Boca Raton

Turbine Design and Reliability: Biology Inspired Energy Harvesting
Project Lead: Oscar Curet, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Boca Raton

Turbine Design and Reliability: Smart MHK Generation System Monitoring
Project Lead: Yufei Tang, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Boca Raton

Turbine Design and Reliability: Development of an Aero-Amphibious Measurement/Inspection Drone
Project Lead: Bing Ouyang, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Harbor Branch

Turbine Design and Reliability: Shark Skin Inspired Bio-Fouling Protection
Project Lead: Marianne Porter, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Boca Raton

Turbine Design and Reliability: Numerical Simulation of a Prototype MHK Generator
Project Lead: Yufei Tang, Ph.D. and James VanZwieten, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Boca Raton

Environmental Impacts: Eye-safe Animal Detection
Project Lead: Anni Vuorenkoski Dalgleish, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Harbor Branch

Environmental Impacts: Tracking the World's Most Mysterious Sea Turtles
Project Lead: Jeannette Wyneken, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Boca Raton

The following 14 projects were completed during the summer of 2018 by Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) Scholars, Veteran Research Supplement (VRS) Scholars and Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Scholars.

Resource Assessment: AUV Based Turbulence Measurements
Project Lead: Manhar Dhanak, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Boca Raton
Affiliated Department: Ocean and Mechanical Engineering
REU Scholar: Alexandra Bosco
REU Scholar Home Institution: University of Rhode Island

Resource Assessment: Assessing Hurricane Impacts on the Gulf Stream
Project Lead: James VanZwieten, Ph.D. and Bill Baxley, P.E.
Affiliated Home Campus: Boca Raton
Affiliated Department: Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center
REU Scholar: Nathaniel Small
REU Scholar Home Institution: California Baptist University

Turbine Design and Reliability: Resilient Turbine Design
Project Lead: Ionut Cardei, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Boca Raton
Affiliated Department: Computer & Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
REU Scholar: Davy Pardonner
REU Scholar Home Institution: University of West Florida

Turbine Design and Reliability: Biology Inspired Energy Harvesting
Project Lead: Oscar Curet, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Boca Raton
Affiliated Department: Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering
REU Scholar: Daniel O. Gómez Vázquez
REU Scholar Home Institution: Universidad del Turabo

Turbine Design and Reliability: Smart MHK Generation System Monitoring
Project Lead: Yufei Tang, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Boca Raton
Affiliated Department: Computer & Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
REU Scholar: Erica Lindbeck
REU Scholar Home Institution: University of Central Florida

Environmental Impacts: Eye-Safe Animal Detection
Project Lead: Anni Vuorenkoski-Dalgleish, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Harbor Branch
Affiliated Department: Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
REU Scholar: Katharine Rigdon
REU Scholar Home Institution: Oberlin College

Environmental Impacts: Eye-Safe Animal Detection
Project Lead: Fraser Dalgleish, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Harbor Branch
Affiliated Department: Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
REU Scholar: Stephanie Langlois
REU Scholar Home Institution: Palm Beach State College

Environmental Impacts: Automated Animal Classification
Project Lead: Bing Ouyang, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Harbor Branch
Affiliated Department: Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
REU Scholar: Shadi Bavar
REU Scholar Home Institution: University of Massachusetts Amherst

Environmental Impacts: Electrosensory Sensitive Species Study
Project Lead: Stephen Kajiura, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Boca Raton
Affiliated Department: Biological Sciences
REU Scholar: Lillian Mulligan
REU Scholar Home Institution: Florida Southern College

Environmental Impacts: Turbine/Animal Strike Impact Study
Project Lead: Marianne Porter, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Boca Raton
Affiliated Department: Biological Sciences
REU Scholar: Brian Nkenke
REU Scholar Home Institution: Rutgers University

Turbine Design and Reliability: Drop-in Turbine Generator System
Project Lead: Bill Baxley, P.E.
Affiliated Home Campus: Harbor Branch
Affiliated Department: Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center
VRS Scholar: Zachary Fisher
VRS Scholar Home Institution: Florida Atlantic University

Turbine Design and Reliability: Drop-in Turbine Generator System
Project Lead: Bill Baxley, P.E.
Affiliated Home Campus: Harbor Branch
Affiliated Department: Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center
VRS Scholar: Justin Fikes
VRS Scholar Home Institution: University of North Texas

Turbine Design and Reliability: Biology Inspired Energy Harvesting
Project Lead: Oscar Curet, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Boca Raton
Affiliated Department: Ocean and Mechanical Engineering
RET Scholar: Eduardo E Castillo Charris, Ph.D.
RET Scholar Home Institution: Universidad del Turabo

Hydrokinetic Resource Assessment and Device Performance Study
Project Lead: James VanZwieten, Ph.D. and Bill Baxley, P.E.
Affiliated Home Campus: Boca Raton and Harbor Branch
Affiliated Department: Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center
RET Scholar: Halle Cheeseman, Ph.D.
RET Scholar Home Institution: Florida Keys Community College

The following 10 projects were completed during the summer of 2017.

Resource Assessment: Regional Oceanic Modeling
Project Lead: Laurent Chérubin, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Harbor Branch
Affiliated Department: Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
REU Scholar: Mary Avis Burnam
REU Scholar Home Institution: University of Georgia

Resource Assessment: Eye-safe Animal Detection
Project Lead: Anni Vuorenkoski Dalgleish, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Harbor Branch
Affiliated Department: Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
REU Scholar: Sophie Waxenberg
REU Scholar Home Institution: Penn State

Resource Assessment: AUV Based Resource Measurements
Project Lead: Manhar Dhanak, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Boca Raton
Affiliated Department: Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering
REU Scholar: Carlos Orozco
REU Scholar Home Institution: University of North Texas

Turbine Design: Resilient Turbine Design
Project Lead: Ionut Cardei, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Boca Raton
Affiliated Department: Department of Computer & Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
REU Scholar: Antony Soriano
REU Scholar Home Institution: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Turbine Design: Biology Inspired Energy Harvesting
Project Lead: Oscar Curet, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Boca Raton
Affiliated Department: Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering
REU Scholar: Adam Rangwala
REU Scholar Home Institution: Washington University in St. Louis

Turbine Design: Composite Rotor Blade Design
Project Lead: Hassan Mahfuz, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Boca Raton
Affiliated Department: Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering
REU Scholar: Alexander J. Gonzalez
REU Scholar Home Institution: Florida Atlantic University
Environmental Impacts: Eye-Safe Animal Detection
Project Lead: Fraser Dalgleish, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Harbor Branch
Affiliated Department: Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
REU Scholar: Linnie Booz
REU Scholar Home Institution: Penn State

Environmental Impacts: Automated Animal Classification
Project Lead: Bing Ouyang, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Harbor Branch
Affiliated Department: Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
REU Scholar: Kelvin Pang
REU Scholar Home Institution: UC Berkeley

Environmental Impacts: Turbine/Animal Strike Impact Study
Project Lead: Marianne Porter, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Boca Raton
Affiliated Department: Biological Sciences
REU Scholar: Doug Werry
REU Scholar Home Institution: Wheaton College

Environmental Impacts: Electrosensory Sensitive Species Study
Project Lead: Stephen Kajiura, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Boca Raton
Affiliated Department: Biological Sciences
REU Scholar: Olivia Beres
REU Scholar Home Institution: Washington University in St. Louis

HOW TO APPLY

Please utilize the Research Experience for Undergraduate common application tool to register. This can be accessed here. On this application site use the “How to Apply” drop-down menu and select “Engineering.” Within Engineering this REU Site is labeled as “REU in Ocean Current Electricity Production.”

DATES

Application deadline: Feb. 21, 2019
Applicants will be notified of acceptance: On or before March 7, 2019
Start date: May 28, 2019
End date: Aug. 2, 2019



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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