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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.
  • 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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2018 Projects

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

Resource Assessment: Assessing Hurricane Impacts on the Gulf Stream
Led by James VanZwieten, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Boca Raton

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

Turbine Design: Smart MHK Generation System Modeling and Monitoring
Led by Yufei Tang, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Boca Raton

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

Environmental Impacts: Eye-safe Animal Detection Project 1
Led by Anni Vuorenkoski Dalgleish, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Harbor Branch
Environmental Impacts: Eye-safe Animal Detection Project 2
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

Environmental Impacts: AUV Based Turbulence Measurements
Led by Manhar Dhanak, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Boca Raton
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

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 most interest you (up to 5 projects)

DATES

Application deadline: February 22, 2018
Accepted participants will be notified: on or before March 8th, 2018
Start date: May 29th, 2018
End date: August 3, 2018



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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