May 25, 2016
Aero trio headed to NASA Ames Research for summer internships!
After they wrap up spring classes with Dr Graham Doig (far left), student wind tunnel engineers(left to right) Tyler Miles, Riess Haslam, and Brandon Baldovin are heading to the promised land of aerodynamic research and development, NASA Ames Research Center, for summer internships.
NASA’s contractor, Jacobs, selected the trio from the Aerospace Engineering Department in a new partnership designed to provide opportunities to students coming through Cal Poly’s innovative project-based curriculum in aerodynamics. Riess and Brandon will be working with several Cal Poly alums in the massive transonic/supersonic Unitary Plan facility, while Tyler will be working on a variety of projects in the Fluid Mechanics Lab under the guidance of good friend of the aero department, Kurt Long.
Dr. Doig said “We’ve had a lot of positive feedback from NASA about the big changes we’ve been making in our wind tunnel lab – modernizing instrumentation, having all our students take on more responsibility for planning tests and procedures, and running a wide variety of creative and complex test projects like the awesome work that Cal Poly’s Prototype Vehicles Lab (PROVE Lab) is currently doing in designing the world’s fastest solar-powered vehicle”. Doig has been working with Brandon Baldovin on a unique project looking at bird wing tip aerodynamics, and Riess Haslam is not only leading up PROVE Lab’s aerodynamic team but has also volunteered and worked in the wind tunnel lab for a year, helping to characterize and improve the air flow quality. Additionally, Riess is a teaching assistant for the junior-level “Experimental Aerodynamics” course, where he is helping Tyler to complete tests at a standard that will prepare him for industry.
Ames Research Center is home to the world’s largest wind tunnel, as well as an epic array of other aerodynamic facilities where every major American aircraft and spacecraft developed over the last 50 years will have been tested. There’s no shortage of Mustangs working there, and with Brandon, Riess and Tyler now on their way, long may that continue! We’ll check in with them after summer to hear about their adventures.