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Kentucky Research Infrastructure Development Dr. Marcelo Guzman leads an award-winning research laboratory at the University of Kentucky, benefiting from two successive NASA Kentucky EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Development Grants to initiate projects in atmospheric science. Two of Dr. Guzman’s graduate students recently won national awards. PhD candidate Liz Pillar received the Outstanding Student Paper Award in the Atmospheric Sciences Section of the American Geophysical Union Fall 2013 conference for her work on the chemistry of ozone. PhD candidate Alexis Eugene received the Graduate Student Award from the American Chemical Society Environmental Chemistry Division in 2014 recognizing her research productivity investigating the formation of atmospheric aerosols. The National Science Foundation recently recognized Dr. Guzman himself with a CAREER award for his exceptional

work as an early-career faculty member in the UK Department of Chemistry. Dr. Guzman, along with students Pillar and Eugene, utilized NASA Kentucky Space Grant support to attend a high-altitude scientific ballooning workshop at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in early 2015 and have now incorporated scientific ballooning into the lab’s research assets, providing lab scientists the capability to select instrumentation, gather sensor data directly, and formulate studies specifically to local areas. Dr. Guzman also established a partnership with faculty in the Environmental Science Technology program of nearby Bluegrass Community and Technical College to share resources and expertise related to scientific ballooning and atmospheric chemistry.

Aerodynamic simulation results for the first generation of BLUECAT aircraft. BLUECAT is an acronym for Boundary Layer Unmanned Experiment for Characterizing Atmospheric Turbulence, and is a project at the University of Kentucky which utilizes UAS aircraft to conduct measurements of atmospheric turbulence near the ground.

University of Kentucky researchers developed an attitude control system for nanosatellites, using piezoelectric reaction beams to generate internal torques. A prototype CubeSat actuation system was developed and single-axis attitude control was demonstrated.

PhD candidate Liz Pillar performs analysis of atmospheric chemistry experiments at the University of Kentucky. The American Geophysical Union has acknowledged Pillar’s research with their Outstanding Student Paper Award.



NASA EPSCoR Stimuli 2014 -15

EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-15  

NASA Office of Education’s Aerospace Research & Career Development (ARCD) is pleased to release NASA EPSCoR Stimuli, a collection of univers...

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