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Colin Britcher, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Education

Mary Catherine Bunde, M.Ed.
Senior Education Administrator

Internships & Competitions

Langley Research Student Scholars (LARSS):  A NASA summer internship program for undergraduate student administered for NIA by the Virginia AIr and Space Consortium.
Revolutionary Aerospace systems Concepts-Academic Linkages (RASC-AL): A NASA undergraduate and graduate level engineering design competition involving three competitions. Three ways to engage:

  1. Revolutionary Aerospace System Concepts-Academic Linkages (RASC-AL):  A NASA undergraduate and graduate level engineering design competition focusing on human scale architecture & systems level.
    1. High-level presentations to a panel of NASA/Industry Judges
    2. Purely conceptual
    3. Provides Innovative ideas
    4. Poster Presentation
    5. Technical Paper
    6. Graduate and Undergraduate Division
    7. 14-18 teams annually
    8. **Important Dates: Abstract due Jan. 19, 2013
  2.  RASC-AL Robo-Ops: A NASA undergraduate and graduate level robotics systems level engineering competition.
    1. Design and build rovers
    2. Test rover capabilities at NASA JSC Rock Yard
    3. Demonstrates hardware, software, and communications issues relevant to NASA
    4. Poster Presentation
    5. Technical Paper
    6. Robust Education and Public Outreach Component
    7. Up to 10 teams annually
    8. **Important Dates: Project Plan Submission Dec. 9, 2012
  3. RASC-AL Lunar Wheel Design: A NASA undergraduate and graduate level component/element level engineering competition where teams are asked to “Help NASA Reinvent the Wheel.”
    1. Design and build 4 wheels
    2. Rigorous physical prototype test at NASA’s JSC Rock Yard
    3. High-level design review presentations with NASA SEV engineers
    4. Has the potential to produce real materials, structure, or design for an actual SEV wheel
    5. Up to 8 teams annually
    6. **Important Dates: Project Plan Submission Jan. 19, 2013


For more information about the RASC-AL Programs, please contact Shelley Spears at or Stacy Dees at 





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