Evan Rose, a junior from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, together with three local high school students, has been selected as the winner of the 2016 Ken Souza Memorial Research Competition from the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR).
The award includes a $1,000 research award and a NanoLab flight on Blue Origin’s New Shepard space vehicle to test their project, entitled “Effect of Longitudinal Oscillations on Flame Spread in Microgravity.”
The awards were presented at the ASGSR Annual Meeting in October in Cleveland.
Rose and his collaborators, Satya Nayagam and Suraj Srinivasan from Strongsville High School and Brian Sun from Hawken School, did their preliminary research last summer under the guidance of Vedha Nayagam, research associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and Daniel Dietrich of NASA Glenn Research Center.
Blue Origin is a private aerospace company developing space launch vehicles for both experiments and tourists. The New Shepard space vehicle will perform sub-orbital flights and provides several minutes of microgravity experimental time. The experimental payload will be hosted in a 49 liters nano rack, and the team is preparing the experiment for flight later this year.
Separately, using experimental photos with artful display, Rose was also a winner of the art competition in the 2016 ASGSR annual meeting.