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SURF: Announcements of Opportunity

Below are Announcements of Opportunity posted by Caltech faculty and JPL technical staff for the SURF program. Additional AOs for the Amgen Scholars program can be found here.

Specific GROWTH projects being offerred for summer 2018 can be found here.

Each AO indicates whether or not it is open to non-Caltech students. If an AO is NOT open to non-Caltech students, please DO NOT contact the mentor.

Announcements of Opportunity are posted as they are received. Please check back regularly for new AO submissions! Remember: This is just one way that you can go about identifying a suitable project and/or mentor.

Announcements for external summer programs are listed here.

Students pursuing opportunities at JPL must be
U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.

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Project:  Modeling and Simulation of Planetary Space Platforms
Disciplines:  Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Mentor:  Abhinandan Jain, (JPL),, Phone: (818) 354-3412
Mentor URL:  (opens in new window)
Background:  Space mission applications involving landers and surface exploration
make extensive use of vehicle and environment models within their
simulation testbeds. JPL's DARTS lab develops physics-based modeling,
simulation and visualization tools for systems such as robotic platforms, surface planetary rovers, entry/descent/landing spacecraft,
rotorcraft, cruise/orbiter spacecraft, etc.
Description:  Multiple projects on physics based modeling,
simulation and visualization of robotic systems, space vehicles and planetary
environments are available at the DARTS Lab
( at JPL. The projects range from
participating in the development of models for new vehicles, conducting
studies using these simulations, developing terrain environment models
for the moon and Mars environments, 3D graphics visualization, user
interface development etc. There are also opportunities in the
development and application of the basic multibody dynamics algorithms
used in these real-time simulations and applications to large-scale
bio-molecular simulations.
Student Requirements:  Interested students should indicate the areas they may have specific
interest in. Virtually all of the projects require good software
skills (especially Python/C++) as well as familiarity with Unix environments. Some of the
projects require mechanical/aerospace/robotics background.
Location / Safety:  Project building and/or room locations: . Student will need special safety training: No.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    both Caltech and non-Caltech students 

Click on a program name for program info and application requirements.

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