Undergraduate students in the Department of Mechanical have a unique opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research. The department has several state-of the-art research laboratories in aero-propulsion, materials science, robotics and sustainable energy. The College of Engineering is also in close proximity to several major research centers including National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Center for Advanced Power Systems and the Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion. Students interested in research opportunities should contact individual faculty members directly. To have volunteer undergraduate experience acknowledged on your university transcript, see Undergraduate Research.
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)-Sustainable Energy and Aeronautical Engineering Program
The FIPSE-Sustainable Energy and Aeronautical Engineering Program integrates the academic strengths of the Florida State University (FSU), the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt), the Universidade Federal de Itajuba (UNIFEI)and the Federal University of Parana (UFPR) to expand the educational and research experience of U.S. and Brazilian students beyond our respective national borders. The program provides students with training in the technical areas of sustainable energy and aeronautical engineering, while emphasizing facilitation of the mobility of current students and future engineers between the two countries.
Multi-physics of Active Systems and Structures (MASS) Summer Program
The MASS REU Summer Research Program will provide students with an opportunity to participate in ongoing research programs in the areas of Aero-Propulsion, Robotics and Materials Science. Students will have access to state-of-the-art research faculties and will work closely with faculty and graduate students. They will gain hands on experience with advanced techniques in demand in the field today.
National High Magnetic Field Laboratory REU
This summer internship program matches qualified undergraduate students with scientists and researchers at the Magnet Lab's three sites. The eight-week research experience offers unique opportunities to explore science at the extremes of magnetic field, pressure and temperature. Students explore contemporary science and engineering issues, working alongside some of the finest scientists, magnet designers and engineers in the world. The research conducted is sophisticated: 2006 REU alumna Xiomaris Cotto was selected to present her abstract at the 2006 Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in California.