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Aug 28
University seeks student research abstracts
University seeks student research abstracts

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Student researchers at UAH are being encouraged to submit abstracts of 250 words maximum outlining a design and research project relevant to the aerospace industry for consideration for the 7th Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium coming to UAH Oct. 27-29.

Abstracts should be submitted online at http://www.vbsposters.org by Friday, Sept. 12. Authors will be notified of acceptance by Tuesday, Sept. 16 and an electronic poster template will be provided. Final posters are due by Wednesday, Oct. 15.

Abstracts on atmospheric science, earth observation, space life sciences, space health, aerospace systems engineering and design, astrophysics, space weather, optics, economics, business, policy, sustainability, history, international relations, education, science, STEM outreach initiatives or related areas are requested.

Aug 26
UAH’s first Tech Trek an unqualified success
UAH’s first Tech Trek an unqualified success

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This July, UAH hosted its first-ever Tech Trek, a weeklong residential camp to promote interest in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields among rising eighth-grade girls. And by every measure, says Camp Director Dr. Rhonda Gaede, it proved to be an unqualified success.

"On Sunday, the girls were names on forms to me; by Friday, they were friends that I hated to see go," says Dr. Gaede, who also serves as an associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UAH. "On more than one occasion, parents used the words 'life changing' and 'once in a lifetime' about the camp."

That's because Tech Trek offered students the freedom to be creative - a freedom missing from most middle school curriculums. "The girls said that, at school, it was about getting the right answers. But at Tech Trek, it was about exploring possibilities and understanding that failure is part of the process," she says. "The process is so much more important than any answer, because the questions are going to change during the course of a forty-year career."

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Christina CarmenLecturer
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

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Christina.Carmen@uah.edu 

MAE Product Realization Capstone Design Class    ASME Student Section    ASME North Alabama Section

 
Education

2003
1989
1988

PhD
MS
BAE

Mechanical Engineering, University of Alabama in Huntsville
Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute Of Technology
Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology 

Biography

Dr. Carmen obtained a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering degree as well as a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA.   While at Ga. Tech she worked with Dr. Warren Strahle, Ph.D., determining the fractal dimension of the Ammonium Perchlorate solid rocket propellant.  Additionally, she obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) with a focus upon turbulent combustion modeling.  Dr. Carmen has been a Lecturer in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) department at UAH since 2006.  She primarily teaches MAE senior capstone design classes with a focus upon product realization – a class she has taught for 10 years.
 
Several of Dr. Carmen’s senior design teams have won national and international design competitions including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Safety Engineering and Risk Analysis Division (SERAD) safety competition, the International Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition, the American Astronautical Society/von Braun Symposium student poster competition, the NASA ESMD Systems Engineering Design Competition and the NASA Great Moonbuggy Race.  In 2010, the UAH Moonbuggy team won 1st place in the Best Design category and the System Safety Challenge.  In the 2011, the UAH Moonbuggy team again garnered 1st place in the System Safety Challenge and 2nd place in the overall international competition with over 80 competitors.  In April, 2011 her Lunar Wormbot team won first place in the NASA Systems Engineering Design Competition.  Team members won $3500 and a trip to the last Space Shuttle launch.  Previous winners of the prestigious competition include MIT (2010), VA Tech (2009) and GA Tech (2008).  Dr. Carmen emphasizes student submittal of research papers, documenting their design efforts, to various conferences.  In 2010, five of her design students presented papers at the prestigious International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Prague, Czech Republic.  In 2011, two additional senior design students presented papers at the IAC held in Cape Town, South Africa.
 
Dr. Carmen is the UAH ASME student chapter faculty advisor as well as the 2011-2012 Chair of the North Alabama ASME section.  Dr. Carmen has served as a National Science Foundation (NSF) panelist, 2012, and as a delegate to the ASME Leadership Training conference in Dallas, TX.  In 2011 Dr. Carmen received the HATS Professional of the year award.  In 2010, she was named the Outstanding Mechanical Engineer in North Alabama by ASME.  Also in 2010, she was awarded a NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) faculty fellowship – one of 5 senior design class instructors selected from around the country to participate in the program.  As a result of the fellowship, several UAH MAE senior design teams have been able to work with NASA engineers on projects that are relevant to NASA’s mission.  In April 2011, Dr. Carmen was selected as a Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award recipient.  In Oct. 2011, she travelled to Toulouse, France, as a guest of the 2011 SAE AeroTech Congress and Exhibition, to receive her award and meet with aerospace industry representatives to further provide UAH engineering students innovative and relevant research and design opportunities.

Research Interests

  • Engineering Design Methodology
  • Product Realization
  • Design Education
  • Design Optimization
  • System Safety and Risk Analysis
  • Experimental Stress Analysis
  • Photoelastic Stress Determination
  • Microgravity Technologies
  • Turbulent Combustion
  • Monte-Carlo Computations

Honors & Awards

  • NASA 2012 Great Moonbuggy Race, 1st Place – Team Faculty Advisor (April 2012)
  • NASA 2012 Great Moonbuggy Race, 1st Place Best Design Report – Team Faculty Advisor (April 2012)
  • SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educator Award (Oct. 2011)
  • HATS ASME Professional of the Year (June 2011)
  • NASA ESMD 2011 Systems Engineering Paper Competition, 1st Place – Lunar Wormbot Team Faculty Advisor (April 2011)
  • NASA 2011 Great Moonbuggy Race, 2nd Place – Team Faculty Advisor (Apr. 2011)
  • NASA 2011 Great Moonbuggy Race, 1st Place System Safety Competition – Team Faculty Advisor (April. 2011)
  • ASME 2011 Leadership Training Conference Delegate, Dallas, TX., (Mar. 2011)
  • U.S. Dept. of Defense SMART Scholarship Panelist – Mech. Eng., Washington, D.C. (Jan. 2011)
  • NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Summer Faculty Fellow, Marshall Space FlightCenter (Summer 2010)
  • NASA 2010 Great Moonbuggy Race, 1st Place Vehicle Design Competition – Team Faculty Advisor (April 2010)
  • NASA 2010 Great Moonbuggy Race, 1st Place System Safety Competition – Team Faculty Advisor (April 2010)
  • ASME North Alabama Chapter “2010 Outstanding Mechanical Engineer of the Year” (Feb. 2010)
  • International Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition Winning Student Entry – Team Faculty Advisor (Feb. 2010)
  • ASME Safety Engineering and Risk Analysis Division (SERAD) 2nd Place National Design Competition – Team Faculty Advisor (Aug. 2009)
  • Who’s Who Among America’s Educators (2007-2009)
  • Who’s Who Among America’s College Graduate Students (1999-2000)

Recent Publications

Carmen, C.L., “Integration of a NASA ESMD Faculty Fellowship Project within an Undergraduate Engineering Capstone Design Class”, Acta Astronautica, pp. 141-153. Final version published online: 6-JUL-2012, DOI information: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2012.05.031.

Carmen, C.L., “Integration of a NASA ESMD Faculty Fellowship Project within an Undergraduate Engineering Capstone Design Class”, 62nd International Astronautical Congress Proceedings, Capetown, Z.A., Oct. 2011.

Johnson, J.A., Sanders, B.D. and Carmen, C.L., “Design and Development of a Ground Based Robotic Tunneling Worm for Operation in Harsh Environments”, 62nd International Astronautical Congress Proceedings, Capetown, Z.A., Oct. 2011.

Setayesh, B.R. and Carmen, C.L., “Collaboration Between Academia and Industry to Promote STEM Education Via the Design and Development of Learning Tools”, 62nd International Astronautical Congress Proceedings, Capetown, Z.A., Oct. 2011.

Gilbert, J.A. and Carmen, C.L., MAE/CE 370 Mechanics of Materials Laboratory Manual, Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Alabama in Huntsville, July 2011.

Schmidt, P., Zalewski, J., Murphy, G., Carmen, C., Morris, T. and van Susante, P., “Case Studies in Application of System Engineering Practices to Capstone Projects”, 2011 ASEE Conference Proceedings, Vancouver, BC, June 2011.

Casagrande, H. and Carmen, C.L., “Promoting STEM Education Via the Design, Analysis, Fabrication and Testing of a Simulated Lunar Roving Vehicle”, 61st International Astronautical Congress Proceedings, Prague, CZ, Oct. 2010.

Pitts, H. and Carmen, C.L., “Descent Systems for an Improved and Reusable Gemini Capsule”, 61st International Astronautical Congress Proceedings, Prague, CZ, Oct. 2010.

Tunstill, L.K. and Carmen, C.L., “Design and Fabrication of Hardware to Promote STEM Education and Careers Among Secondary Education Students”, 61st International Astronautical Congress Proceedings, Prague, CZ, Oct. 2010.

Walker, T. and Carmen, C.L., “Landing Gear Design for a 1/3 Scale Gemini-Style Capsule”, 61st International Astronautical Congress Proceedings, Prague, CZ, Oct. 2010.