Army Research Laboratory Summer Intern 2021

ARL and Central Locations

  • ARL¬†Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD
  • Argonne National Laboratory, IL
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, IL
  • University of Illinois Chicago, IL
  • Northwestern University, IL
  • University of Wisconsin Madison

Potential Research Topics

(Area 1: UAS Propulsion Energy Conversion)

  • Investigation of fuel chemistry for UAV applications
  • Energetically enhanced ignition of UAV propulsion systems
  • laser and optical diagnostics of UAV propulsion systems
  • numerical simulation of energetically enhanced UAV propulsion systems
  • numerical simulation of aerospace turbocharger physics

(Area 2: UAS Propulsion Materials)

  • Advanced Materials for Multi-Fuel Ignition system
  • Nano-material based ceramic material development
  • Geopolymer based ceramic material development

Eligibility: undergraduate or graduate student with U.S. citizenship or permanent residency
Expected pay level: $2000-2500/month. for the 3-month summer period, starting date flexible
Preferred background: majoring in mechanical, materials science, or chemical engineering with an intention to obtain a doctoral degree
Interested in: send your complete CV and interested topic(s) to tonghun@illinois.edu
Expected timeline: Positions will be open until filled, but no later than March 1, 2021, provided the availability of funding. Earlier application will be screened with priority.

Center for UAS Propulsion Looking for New Postdocs

Center for UAS Propulsion is looking for talented postdocs to start immediately in the fields of

  • Aeroacoustics and Flow Physics: 2020-11 ARL Postdoc Advertisement
  • Combustion and Ignition Control (ARC-M1 Combustor Spray Imaging with Argonne National Laboratory)
    • Spray imaging for the ARC-M1 Combustor with the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory
    • Laser optics and Diagnostics of ARC-M1 UAS Combustor at the University of Illinois
    • Machine learning based analysis of diagnostics results
    • Interaction with Argonne National Laboratory simulation team for the ARC-M1 Combustor
  • Ignition system for flexible fuel UAS propulsion system
  • Hypersonic Air Launch Effects (airbreathing scram/ram propulsion system)
    • Flight test geometry design and optimization
    • Laser optics and Diagnostics of ACT-II facility at the University of Illinois

Postdocs will work at either the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign or Argonne National Laboratory.

Those who are applying to the Aeroacoustics and Flow Physics area, please refer to the attached PDF file above.

Those who are applying to the Combustion and Ignition Control (Spray & Laser Diagnostics) and Hypersonics Area, please send your material to Professor Tonghun Lee (tonghun@illinois.edu).

Center for UAS Propulsion Program Review & Workshop 2020

Please join us on the second CUP Program Review and Workshop at the Northwestern University on November 17-18, 2020. CUP leads research focused on discovery, innovation, and transition of Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) propulsion technologies to enable unmatched, enduring power for maneuver and mobility. The aim of the center is to address U.S. Army needs for current and future advances in UAS propulsion systems in the following 4 areas:

  • Reliability: reliable operational cycles over extended periods
  • Payload: increase power density to facilitate additional electronics, cargo and sensor packages
  • Signatures: decrease in detection by opposing parties
  • Range: increased operational range

The goal of the second CUP Program Review and Workshop is to integrate collaboration in UAS power and propulsion among ARL, academia, industry and government agencies. During this event, ARL technology area leaders and our academic partners will present their project updates and future plans. A few industry leaders will present their recent technology updates. Program will be reviewed by a group of senior industry, academia and government experts.

Registration:

https://tinyurl.com/arlcuphttps://www.arl.army.mil/center-for-uas-propulsion-cup-2nd-cup-workshop/

Venue:

Virtual – via MS Teams CUP Channel

Date/Time:

Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Lodging:

N/A

No Registration Fee
RSVP Cut Off Date: 10 November 2020

Workshop Flyer: 2nd CUP-Flyer

Army Research Laboratory Summer Intern 2020

The Army Research Office is looking for talented and ambitions undergraduate and graduate students to work as Summer Interns at one of ARL Central Locations during the summer of 2020. Summers interns will work in one of the ARL or ARL-Central Locations and focus their efforts on technologies related to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Please refer to the below page for more information.

https://cup.illinois.edu/arl-summer-internship-opportunity-2020/

Center for UAS Propulsion Industry-Academia Connection Days (workshop) 2019 – Press Release

The first workshop for the Center for UAS propulsion (CUP) took place on May 1-May 2, 2019 at the University of Illinois Chicago. The first Industry-Academia Connection Days event for the Center saw representatives from industry, government labs, academia, gathered together to share ideas and form a roadmap for development of next generation UAS propulsion units. Dr. Jaret Riddick (ARL VTD Director), and Dr. Mike Kweon (VTD Propulsion Chief) were on hand to participate in the discussion sessions in terms of both technology and development and to reiterate the importance of building an industry base can be established in the US to support these efforts. Principal investigators from the CUP research partners as well as distinguished scientists and industry pioneers actively participated in the workshop discussions.

See the Press Release

https://www.arl.army.mil/www/default.cfm?article=3463

https://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/uarl-afo061119.php

 

University of Illinois Chicago – Center for UAS Propulsion Industry-Academia Connection Days

 

ARL Central Summer Internship 2019

The Army Research Office is looking for talented and ambitions undergraduate and graduate students to work as Summer Interns at one of ARL Central Locations during the summer of 2019. Summers interns will work in one of the ARL or ARL-Central Locations and focus their efforts on technologies related to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Please refer to the below page for more information.

https://cup.illinois.edu/arl-summer-internship-opportunity-2019/

ARL Central Propulsion Meetings held at Universities & Argonne Labs

During the week of October 15th and 22nd, Dr. Mark Tschopp (ARL-Central Regional Lead) and Dr. Mike Kweon (ARL VTD Propulsion Division Chief) held meetings with University researchers and research staff at Argonne National Laboratory to discuss future of propulsion research at ARL-Central as well as efforts to stand up CUP (Center for UAS Propulsion Systems). The Universities included University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Wisconsin Madison, University of Illinois Chicago, and Northwestern University. Meetings were held at the respective Universities and and at Argonne National Laboratory. ARL-Central already has over 20 faculty and student hires as part of ARL Central in diverse fields such as Propulsion, fuels, materials, and acoustics.

Argonne National Laboratory Advanced Photon Source ARC-M1 Combustor Measurements

M1 Combustor at Argonne National Labs Advanced Photon Source

Research Teams from the Army Research Laboratory and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have conducted the first measurements of spray break up of a firing gas turbine combustor (ARC-M1) using the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Labs (April 2018). The powerful X-ray beams provided by the Advanced Photon Source allows high speed imaging of spray during the initial breakup phase, which is generally a dense multi-phase region inaccessible using other diagnostics techniques. Dr. Mike Kweon (Propulsion Division Chief of the Vehicle Technology Directorate at ARL) and Professor Tonghun Lee from UIUC led the effort which were also attended by other high level officials from the Army Research Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory.

 

Center for UAS Propulsion Kicks Off!

The Center for UAS Propulsion has officially launched to provide research support for development of next generation technologies related to propulsion systems in UAVs. The scope of research in the center will encompass all aspects of UAV propulsion systems including, but not restricted to (1) multi-fuel capable engines, (2) novel high temperature materials, (3) flow dynamics, and (4) hybrid electrification architectures.