UB Students win Connecticut Space Grant Awards for work in Near Space Payload Structures

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Two University of Bridgeport students have been awarded scholarships from the Connecticut Space Grant Consortium to further their work in “Near Space” (high-altitude) payload structures and robotic movement.

Phillip Carroll and Joshua Hauge, undergraduates majoring in industrial design, have been awarded $5,000 scholarships for the spring 2016 semester.

Both students have been working alongside students and faculty from the School of Engineering on a high-altitude ballooning project, led by Technology Management professor, Dr. Neal Lewis.

The project has developed a small robotic puppet that will be launched on a high-altitude balloon and used to educate young students about space flight.

“As soon as the project started, I reached out to Professor Richard Yelle, director of UB’s Shintaro Akatsu School of Design, and asked if industrial design students could assist us. Phil and Josh were two of the volunteers,” said Lewis.

“Phil has worked on the animation of the robot’s motions and outer body physical appearance, while Josh has concentrated on fabrication of the structural housing for the robot. We’ve learned a lot about the harshness of the ‘Near Space’ environment while at the same time we try and make the robot’s housing look like a 1960’s Project Mercury space capsule to help teach young students about the history of the American space program.”

Dr. Jani Macari Pallis, who is Connecticut Space Grant Director at UB, added: “Phil and Josh are a critical part of our student team, and Connecticut Space Grant has recognized their work with the award of these scholarships.”

Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgeport.edu

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