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U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL)

Summer 20
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Ten Weeks

Student Work Assignment



1.

Discipline
:
Biology or Agricultural/Civil/Structural Engineer student with interest in erosion

2.

Student Level
:
MS

or PhD student preferred. Upper
-
level
BS
student may be acceptable.

3.

Principal Investigator
:


Heidi R. Howard

Construction Engineering Research
Laboratory

(CERL)

Installations Division, Ecological Processes Branch

2902 Newmark Drive

Champaign, IL 61822
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1076

Office: 217
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373
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5865

Fax: 217
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373
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7266

Email:
heidi.r.howard@usace.army.mil

4.

Description of Work
:


Provide research assistance to senior research staff responsible for finding solutions to vehicle
impacts and

land management interactions.
Currently, our research is focusing on above and
below ground biomass responses to multiple l
and management actions (control burn and hay
-
ing) in combination
with military vehicle impacts.
Potential work includes literature reviews,
synthesis of literature information, database development, data processing, data analysis, and
laboratory analysis.
Potential work involves assisting with

field and laboratory studies.
Knowl
-
edge of the fundamentals of soils, botany, and statistics is highly desirable

5.

Suggested Reading
:


We will provide once student
is
selected and adjust materials to match student

s

education and
past work experience.



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U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL)

Summer 2011


Ten Weeks

Student Work Assignment



1.

Discipline
:

Biology with interest in botany, plant ecology,
or invasive species.

2.

Student Level
:

Senior undergraduate or graduate.

3.

Principal Investigator
:

Matthew Hohmann

Construction Engineering Research Laboratory

Installations Division, Ecological Processes Branch

2902 Newmark Drive

Champaign, IL 61822
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1
076

Office: 217
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373
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5863

Fax: 217
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373
-
7266

Email:
Matthew.G.Hohmann@usace.army.mil

4.

Description of Work
:



Changes in Clean Air Act requirements threaten the continued use of prescribed fire as an
effective multi
-
species and ecosystem management tool on DoD installations.

Altered fire
regimes are particularly likely to impact rare plant species restricted to fire dependent wetland
ecotone habitats in the southeast.

Characterization and forecasting c
apabilities that can be used
to assess multi
-
scale ecological response to altered fire regimes are needed.

A generalizable
mechanistic approach for assessing plant physiological and demographic responses will be
developed to meet this need.

Potential resea
rch activities include: germination studies, plant
soft
-
trait database development, fuels characterization, etc.

We seek a senior undergraduate or
graduate student from the Biology Department who is interested in botany, plant ecology, or
invasive species.

5.

Suggested Reading
:

We will provide once student
is
selected and adjust materials to match student

s education and
past work experience.



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U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL)

Summer
2011


Ten Weeks

Student Work Assignment



1.

Discipline
:

Ecology or related discipline

2.

Student Level
:

Senior undergraduate or graduate.

3.

Principal Investigator
:

Tim Hayden

Construction Engineering Research Laboratory

Installations Division, Ecological Processes Branch

2902 Newmark Drive

Champaign, IL 61822
-
1076

Office: 217
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373
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5859

Fax: 217
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373
-
7266

Email:
timothy.j.hayden@usace.army.mil

4.

Description of Work
:



A senior undergraduate or graduate student in ecology or related discipline is requested to
assist with research on vulnerability assessments of installation ecosystems in response to
changing climate.

Student will assist researchers in investigations of t
hresholds and functional
response of species and communities to weather/climate parameters.

Research focus is on
forest communities of the southeastern U.S. and associated faunal species.

5.

Suggested Reading
:


Preliminary review of adaptation options for

climate
-
sensitive ecosystems and resources
,


U.S. Climate Change Science Program.
http://www.climatescience.gov/Library/sap/sap4
-
4/final
-
report/default.htm



Climate

Change 2007: Working Group II: Impacts, Adaption and Vulnerability
,


Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

http://www.ipcc.ch/publications_and_data/ar4/wg2/en/ch17.html


Na
tureServe Climate Change Vulnerability Index.
http://www.natureserve.org/prodServices/climatechange/ccvi.jsp




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U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Construction
Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL)

Summer 2011


Ten Weeks

Student Work Assignment



1.

Discipline
:

Chemist, Chemical or Environmental Engineer
ing

student with interest in water
quality analysis for summer internship.

2.

Student Level
:

Undergraduate
student preferred. Upper
-
level bachelor

s student.


3.

Principal Investigator
:

Melixa Rivera
-
Sustache

U.S Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC)

Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL)

2902 Newmark Drive

Champaign
,

IL

61822
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1076

Office: 217
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352
-
6511

x7673

Fax: 217
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373
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6732

Email:
Melixa.Rivera
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Sustache@usace.army.mil


4.

Description of Work
:



R
esearch on detection, prevention
,

and mitigation of contamination of water distribution sys
-
tems in a small scale is currently being performed at the Integrated Water Security Laboratory
at ERDC
-
CERL, Champaign, IL. The

Chemical
-
Biological Infrastructure Protection Team


is
in need of an

undergraduate level research assistant to perform water quality analysis during a
summer internship. The person should have some level of Chemistry, Chemical
,

or Environ
-
mental Engineer (Water Pollution) background in order to safely perform tests in the
labora
-
tory. The expected time is full time during the summer 2011.

Our research is based on replicating different water conditions around the world and simulating
possible water contamination, to be detected by an early warning sy
stem and then treated by
a
high
-
quality

unique filtration system based on membranes. In order to
prove the reliability of
our in
-
line detection
-
mitigation model water distribution system, different kinds of experimen
-
tation have been performed. Research will include literature rev
iews, summarization of infor
-
mation, synthesis of research trends and documentation of results. The work requires a person
able to perform data interpretation from real
-
time notifications (

alerts

) of intentional or acci
-
dental contamination of the water.

The student will be partially responsible for testing, cleanup,
equipment maintenance
,

and supplies. He/she will also assist on other related research projects
and will be required to provide weekly reports of the results for review and approval by the
se
nior researcher.

5.

Suggested Reading
:

We will provide once student

is

selected and adjust materials to match student

s education and
past work experience.



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U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL)

Summer

2011


Ten Weeks

Student Work Assignment



1.

Discipline
:

Civil Engineer

2.

Student Level
:

Completed Junior year or higher

3.

Principal Investigato
rs
:

Drs. Zeki Demirbilek and Julie Rosati

Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory

Office:
601
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634
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2834 and
251
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694
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3719

4.

Description of Work
:



The goal of the Coastal Modeling System (CMS) and GenCade in the CIRP is to provide
numerical modeling capabilities for Corps


coastal navigation projects, including O&M studies
dealing with coastal navigation channel
s, inlets, structures, adjacent beaches, and nearshore
sediment and morphology changes. Field and laboratory data are essential to evaluation of
CMS and other CIRP modeling tools that support District projects.

Some data already exist in
databases and inte
rface products such as ECID

s coastal structure database, and Inlets Online

s
historical aerial photography.

For other data not readily available, CIRP is planning to orga
-
nize, archive
,

and analyze site
-
specific shoreline position data, bathymetry, winds, waves, and
water levels in order to provide long
-
term support for USACE navigation missions. All the
data necessary will be digitally archived using available GIS and Google Earth resou
rces.

First
-
order data analysis, mining
,

and visualization tools will be included. There are three general
tasks for summer students


work within this CIRP effort:




In coordination with each coastal District, CIRP PIs will direct students to assemble and
a
rchive data in the GIS including aerial photos not already in Inlets Online, other site pho
-
tos, engineering planning and study reports, general structure info not existing in ECID,
navigation maps, as well as data from topographic and bathymetric surveys,

shoreline
position data, and winds, waves
,

and water levels data.



CIRP PIs will supervise students to assemble site
-
specific engineering design, repair and
maintenance reports, including numerical model grids and data from physical and labora
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tory studie
s that have been performed.



Students will learn to process archive data and visualize data in the Google Earth tool.

One UPRM Summer Student can work on any of these tasks, depend
ing on their aptitudes and
long
-
term goals.


5.

Suggested Reading
:


CMS,
Surface
-
water Modeling System (SMS) and Google Earth.



CIRP website:
http://cirp.usace.army.mil/index.html
.


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U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL)

Summer 2011


Ten Weeks

Student Work Assignment



1.

Discipline
:

Civil Engineer

2.

Student Level
:

BS or upper
-
level undergraduates

3.

Principal Investigato
rs
:

Dr. Lihwa Lin

/
Alejandro Sanchez

Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory

Navigation Division

Office:
601
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634
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2704

/

601
-
634
-
2027

4.

Description of Work
:



Student should have a quantitative background and good mathematical skills.

Student activities
will depend on summer work plans, and may include:



Application and testing of the Coastal Modeling System,
GenCade, and Inlet Reservoir
Model to coastal sites (see website and wiki links, below)



Analyzing field data such as bathymetric change, beach profiles, and process data (waves,
currents, sediment transport measurements)



Documenting work on CIRP wiki (see

link below)

5.

Suggested Reading
:

Review CIRP website:
http://cirp.usace.army.mil/index.html

and

CIRP wiki:
http://cirp.usace.army.mil/wiki/Main_Page




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U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL)

Summer 2010


Ten Weeks

Student Work Assignment



1.

Discipline
:
Civil Engineer

2.

Student Level
:
Completed Junior year
or higher

3.

Principal Investigator
:

James P. McKinney

Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory

Office: 601
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634
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3754

4.

Description of Work
:

The Field Data Collection and Analysis Branch of the Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory
routinely collects bathymetric,
hydrographic and terrestrial scanning laser (lidar) surveys in
support of direct allotted and reimbursable projects. These surveys generate terabytes of infor
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mation requiring involved hands
-
on data processing and reduction to produce final products.
The i
ncumbent will be instructed in use of survey data analysis techniques and tools, working
in close proximity with a lead Civil Engineer. There are two tasks for summer work within this
analysis effort:



Data processing and quality control of survey data.



In
tegration and development of data processing and visualization software.

5.

Suggested Reading
:


Hypac, Topodot, Winriver, Riescan software



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U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL)

Summer 2011


Ten Weeks

Student Work Assignment



1.

Discipline
:

Civil Engineer

2.

Student Level
:
Completed Junior year or higher

3.

Principal Investigator
:

Earl Edris

Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory

Office: 601
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634
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3378

4.

Description of Work
:

The Hydrologic Systems Branch
develops and applies numerical models to evaluate water
-
sheds and surface
water
-
groundwater interaction.
The types of projects undertaken in this
branch have several opportunitie
s for students to be involved.
This involvement could be
developing input data

for model runs, processing output data for presentations, or evaluating
the graphical user interfac
e for these numerical models.
The exact work assignment will
depend on the student interests and capabilities plus
the ongoing project schedules.
This posi
-
tion requires a student that has very good computer skills (data processing, development of
presentation graphics) and an engineering background to understand the problems and issues
being investigated
.

5.

Suggested Reading
:


To be provided based on
student

s interest and experience.




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U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL)

Summer 2011


Ten Weeks

Student Work Assignment



1.

Discipline
:
Civil/
Coastal Engineer

2.

Student Level
: Graduate or
upper
-
level undergraduates

3.

Principal Investigator
:

Dr. Joe Gailani

Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory

Office: 601
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634
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4851

4.

Description of Work
:

The student will be involved with research in the area of coastal sediment processes. The
emphasis will be

focused on data analysis of field, laboratory, and model sediment transpor
t
data.
The student will be working with

mixed and cohesive sediments.
The purpose of the data
analysis is to allow researchers to better understand sediment transport processes and

develop
numerical algorithms to be incorporated into Corps dredging mod
els.
At times, the student will
be expected to perform independent, after given general guidance, of direct supervision from
the engineer.

5.

Suggested Reading
:

A basic knowledge of s
ediment processes and experience with MATLAB would be helpful.




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U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL)

Summer 2011


Ten Weeks

Student Work Assignment



1.

Discipline
: Civil Engineer, Physicist,
Oceanographer, Geologist

2.

Student Level
: BS or upper
-
level undergraduates

3.

Principal Investigator
:

Robert McAdory, PhD

Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory

Estuarine Engineering Branch

Office: 601
-
634
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3057

4.

Description of Work
:

If you are intereste
d in learning state of the art hydrodynamic numerical modeling techniques,
join us in our work.

Students will assist Members of the Technical Staff in numerical model development, numeri
-
cal modeling, or model/field data analysis tasks involving water reso
urce engineering and sci
-
entific studies in estuarine, riverine, or coastal environments. Depending on the interests of the
student, tasks could include: participation in model grid, boundary condition, and comparison
data set development; running numerica
l models; analyzing results of the runs for hydrody
-
namics, salinity intrusion, and sedimentation in projects from coastal areas of the US; and/or
analysis of data taken from various water project environments. Another key area of work
available is the dev
elopment and testing of new, state of the art numerical model code. All
work will be performed in a team and mentoring friendly environment.

It is essential that the student have a strong desire to do something interesting. Strong written,
verbal, analytic
al, and interpersonal skills are important. Students must display maturity, a high
level of professionalism, and a

can
-
do


enthusiastic attitude. Familiarity with and comfort in
the presence of computers is important. Specialized training involved in mode
ling and other
tasks described above will be provided. The student should demonstrate acceptance of respon
-
sibility, show pride in work performed, demonstrate flexibility in acceptance of assignments
and schedules, and maintain professional behavior and ap
pearance. The student should also
exhibit dependability, enthusiasm and a willingness to enjoy the work.


Modeling San Francisco Bay

5.

Suggested Reading
:


Any book about tidal phenomena, such as

Tides


by D. H. Macmillan.


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U.S. Army Engineer Research
and Development Center

Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL)

Summer 2011


Ten Weeks

Student Work Assignment



1.

Discipline
:

Physics, Geophysics, Mechanical engineering

2.

Student Level
:

BS or upper
-
level undergraduates

3.

Principal Inv
estigator
:

Lindamae Peck

Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory

Signature Physics Branch

Office:
603
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646
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4261

4.

Description of Work
:



Student will participate in defining the performance parameters (probability of detection, nui
-
sance alarm
rate, both as a function of operating environment) of a new acoustic sensor system
for facility security. Activities will include:



Field trials of the sensor system.



Acoustic data collections to characterize the acoustic background during the sensor trials
.



Analysis of acoustic data to relate sensor performance to ambient conditions.

5.

Suggested Reading
: Survey articles on sensors and acoustics will be provided.




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U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab
oratory (CRREL)

Summer 2011


Ten Weeks

Student Work Assignment



1.

Discipline
:

Civil Engineer

2.

Student Level
:

BS or upper
-
level undergraduates

3.

Principal Investigator
:

Sally A. Shoop

Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory

Force Projection

and Sustainment Branch

Office:
603
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646
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4321

4.

Description of Work
:



Student should have an understanding of soil characterization and how it is determined includ
-
ing standard testing equipment and procedures used in field and laboratory settings. Excel

and
data analysis experience are a plus. Depending upon timing of ongoing projects, the student
may be involved in one or more of the following activities:



Field testing of indoor and outdoor vegetated test sections including:



Terrain strength
measurements



Biomass measurements



Terrain disturbance measurements



Design/redesign of terrain strength instruments for biomass sampling



Analysis of soil testing results and technical writing of these conclusions

5.

Suggested Reading
:




Geotechnical Materia
ls in Construction


by Marian and Raymond Rollings



ISTVS research paper (see attached)



Reference books pertaining to soil characterization and soil mechanics




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U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Cold Regions Research and Engineering Labora
tory (CRREL)

Summer 2011


Ten Weeks

Student Work Assignment



1.

Discipline
:

Geography, Geology, GIS, Hydrology/Water Resources science or engineering

2.

Student
L
evel
:

Graduate
s
tudent or advanced undergrad
uate

3.

Principal Investigators
:


Dr. Terrence
M. Sobecki and Dr. David M. Soballe (EL)


Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory


Office:
603
-
646
-
4563

4.

Description of Work
:



The student will perform geospatial and image analysis in support of research to identify non
-
point sources of nutrie
nt and sediment pollution loading on Army installations in the Chesa
-
peake Bay region.

Key goal is to utilize existing satellite and other imagery in conjunction with
geospatial digital terrain data to develop vegetative and surface water reflectance metri
cs, cor
-
relate those with soil and digital topographic features, and relate to water quality impairment
data.

The work will be largely in the office, but there will be the opportunity for at least one
on
-
site installation visit.

The work will require some knowledge of geographical information
systems and geospatial data analysis and management, ideally in the ArcGIS environment, and
some familiarity with digital image analysis and/or airphoto interpretation.

5.

Requested Student
:


Motivated student interested in the remote sensing and GIS applications to land or water
resources.



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US Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL)

Summer 2011


Ten Weeks

Student Work Assignmen
t



1.

Discipline
:
M
icrobiology

2.

Student Level
: Graduate student or upper
-
level undergraduate

3.

Principal Investigator
:

Dr. Charles M. Reynolds

Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory

Biogeochemical Sciences Branch

Office:
603
-
646
-
4394

4.

Description of
W
ork
:

Participate in soil microbiology research program at CRREL by conducting a standalone
research project that fits within the scope of the ongoing projects. In broad terms current
projects include:



Developing and interpreting spectral si
gnatures of natural matrices such as biofilms, soils,
and soil

a biopolymer system for use as indicators of local conditions or events.



Understanding the relationships among prominent microbial communities and their func
-
tion in soils with

varying terrain
and condition.



Understanding and predicting bacteria that would successfully develop endophytic rela
-
tionships with plants.




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U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Environmental Laboratory (EL)

Summer 2011


Ten Weeks

Student Work Assignment



1.

Discipline
:

Life Sciences

2.

Student Level
:

BS or upper
-
level undergraduates

3.

Principal Investigator
:

Sandra Brasfield

Environmental Laboratory

Environmental Processes & Engineering Division

Environmental Risk Assessment Branch

Office:
601
-
634
-
3669


4.

Description of Work
:



Student should have a strong background in environmental science with knowledge of terres
-
trial and aquatic systems. Experience in ecotoxicology, biochemistry, and computational mod
-
eling is highly desirable. Depending upon timi
ng of ongoing projects, the student may be
involved in one or more of the following projects:



Long
-
term Sediment Toxicity Testing



Environmental Fate & Effects of Nanoparticles



Water Column and Sediment Exposure and Effects Assessment



Reproduction and
Developmental Toxicity Testing



Water Quality Testing



Climate Change

5.

Suggested Reading
:



Journal articles or books about ecotoxicology, ecology, toxicological chemistry
,

and
biochemistry.




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U
.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory

(GSL)

Summer 2011


Ten Week

Student Work Assignment



1.

Discipline
:

Geology or Geological Engineering

2.

Student Level
:

Graduate student

3.

Principal Investigators
:

Danny W. Harrelson

Geotechnical and Structures
Laboratory

Geotechnical Engineering and Geosciences Branch

Office:
601
-
634
-
2685

4.

Description of Work
:


The student will work as part of a team to assist with a current effort in measuring the weather
-
ing phenomena of large stones used for shoreline and w
ave projection in the
G
reat
L
akes
region of the United States.

The student will be involved in field observations of stone weath
-
ering, possible quarry investigation and monitoring trips to various field sites to assess weath
-
ering potentials and rock mass

loss.

The student will also be involved in analysis of the data,
and in documenting the results for potential publications.


5.

Suggested Reading
:

Lienhart, D. A.

1998
.


Rock engineering rating system for assessing the suitability of armor
stone sources
,


In: Latham, J.
-
P. (ed.), 1998, Advances in Aggregates and Armor
S
tone Evalu
-
ation. Geological Society, London, Engineering Geology Special Publications 13
:
91
-
106.

Lienhart, D. A. 2003
.

A Systems Approach to Evaluation of Riprap and Armor

Stone
Sources
,


Environmental & Engineering Geoscience IX
(
2
):
131

149.

Winkler, E. M. 2006
.


Stone weathering: A literature review
,


in Decay and Preservation of
Stone, The Geological Society of America, Engineering Geology Case Histories No. 11, 37
-
46.


6.

Technical paper
s from the project available on request
.




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U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (GSL)

Summer 2011


Ten Weeks

Student Work Assignment



1.

Discipline
:

Mechanical Engineering or Material Science

2.

Student Level
:

MS student in M
echanical Engineering

3.

Pr
incipal Investigator
:

Dr. Paul G. Allison

Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory

Geotechnical and Structures Division

Concrete and Materials Branch

Office:
601
-
634
-
4234

4.

Description of Work
:



St
udent should have a strong background in material science and mechanical engineering.
Depending upon timing of ongoing projects, the student may be involved in one or more of the
following activities:



Experimental characterization of
Atractosteus spatula

(alligator gar) mineralized scales,

which will include nanoindentation and picoindentation



Quasi
-
static monotonic loading of lightweight structural materials along with microstruc
-
tural characterization using optical microscopy and scanning electron
microscopy



Design and synthesis of bio
-
inspired structures using a nanoindenter and electrophoresis



Structure
-
property relationships of geopolymer material using nanoindentation and scan
-
ning electron microscopy



Determination of tungsten on the mechanical
properties of gastropod shells by
nanoindentation and scanning electron microscopy

Potential for development as a thes
is project
.

5.

Suggested Reading
:


Pertinent journal articles will be provided.




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U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Geo
technical and Structures Laboratory (GSL)

Summer 2011


Ten Weeks

Student Work Assignment



1.

Discipline
:

Mechanical Engineering or Material Science

2.

Student Level
:

MS, BS
,
or upper level undergraduate

3.

Principal Investigator
:

Dr. Charles A. Weiss, J
r
.

Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory

Geotechnical and Structures Division

Concrete and Materials Branch

Office:
601
-
634
-
3928

4.

Description of Work
:



Student should have a strong background in material science and mechanical engineering. The
student
will be involved in the following activity:



Design and synthesis of bio
-
inspired nanocomposites, which entails using electrophoresis,
scanning electron microscopy, optical microscopy, and nanoindentation.

5.

Suggested Reading
:


Pertinent journal articles

will be provided.




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U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (GSL)

Summer 2011


Ten Weeks

Student Work Assignment



1.

Discipline
:

Civil Engineer

2.

Student Level
:

Currently BS
;

working toward MS

3.

Principal Investigator
:

John F. Rushing

Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory

Engineering
Systems and
Materials
Division

Airfields and Pavements Branch

Office:
601
-
634
-
3577

4.

Description of Work
:



Student should have a strong interest in conducting
pavement testing and evaluation, with a
detailed background in data analysis.

Depending upon timing of ongoing projects, the student
may be involved in one or more of the following activities:



Field placement and evaluation of asphalt pavement repair produ
cts at multiple airfields




Conducting various laboratory test
s

on asphalt pavement repair products



Data entry/analysis of field and laboratory tests



Assisting with the development of project summary briefing slides



Assisting with the development of enginee
ring technical guidance on the use and

perfor
-
mance of asphalt pavement repair products at airfield facilities

5.

Suggested Reading
:


Topics related to asphalt pavement evaluation, pavement management, asphalt binder testing,
and spray applications/surfac
e treatments for asphalt pavement.



American Society for Testing and Materials.

2010. Standard Test Method for Airport Pave
-
ment Condition Index Surveys: D 5340
-
10.

West Consho
hocken, PA.



A
sphalt Institute.

2007.
The Asphalt Handbook.

Manual Series No. 4
(MS
-
4).

Lexington,
KY: AI.



http://www.hotmix.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=24&Itemid=44



Mallick, M. R.
,

and
T.
El
-
Korchi. 2009.

Pavement Engineerin
g.

Boca Raton, FL. CRC
Press.



National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT).

2009. Hot Mix Asphalt Materials, Mix
-
ture Design, and Construction.

3rd ed., Lanham, MD.

NAPA Research and Education
Foundation.



Shahin, M. Y. 2005.

Pavement Management for Airpor
ts, Roads, and Parking Lots.

2nd ed.

New York, N.Y. Springer.


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U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (GSL)

Summer 2011


Ten Weeks

Student Work Assignment



1.

Discipline
:

Civil/Structural Engineer

2.

Student Level
:

S
enior

L
evel BS or MS

3.

Principal Investigator
:

Bradford A. Steed
and

Micael C. Edwards

Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory

Geotechnical and Structures Division

Office:

601
-
634
-
2310 or 601
-
634
-
3812


4.

Description of Work
:



Student sho
uld have a strong background in structural analysis and design, with particular
interest in structural dynamics. We are currently executing a research and development prog
-
ram with an overall objective of demonstrating innovated modular and scalable materi
al solu
-
tions for survivability that are paired with integrated stand
-
off threat detection technologies and
enhanced assessment capabilities for small forward deployed bases with less than 300 person
-
nel.

Depending upon timing of this ongoing effort, the s
tudent may be involved in one or more
of the following activities:



Planning and execution of explosive field experiments to:



Develop and demonstrate expedient and low
-
logistics enforcement to limit Vehicle
-
Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) and
aggressor vehicle ramming threats
to Army facilities.



Develop blast and ballistic mitigation techniques for low
-
logistics guard towers and
observation posts



Collection of post
-
test data from field experiments.



Processing,
r
educing, and
a
nalyzing experiment
al data from the aforementioned explosive
experiments

5.

Suggested Reading
:



Structural
r
esponse to
d
ynamic
l
oads.



Open literature documenting the challenges faced by Foreign National and U.S.

Army
Soldiers in providing protection for small Combat OutPosts

(COPs) in Afghanistan.




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U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (GSL)

Summer 2011


Ten Weeks

Student Work Assignment



1.

Discipline
:

Civil Engineer

2.

Student Level
:

Graduate or upper
-
level
undergraduates (senior)

3.

Principal Investigator
:

James Davis

Geotechnical and

Structures Laboratory

Geosciences and Structures Division

Survivability Engineering Branch

Office:

601
-
634
-
2750

4.

Description of Work
:



The student will be involved with
research in the areas of survivability and protective struc
-
tures.

The emphasis will be in material development to enhance the performance of structures
against blast and fragmentation.

The materials will be evaluated for their mechanical and bal
-
listic pe
rformance through laboratory and field experiments. The student will assist with all
aspects of the research to include the setup and execution of the experiments, data reduction
and analyses
,
and reporting. Occasionally, the student will be required to
perform indepen
-
dently once given general guidance from the engineer, scientist
,

or technician.

The student will
periodically work in a field or laboratory environment that will require handling materials with
weights of up to 50 pounds.

Numerical and anal
ytical exercises may also be conducted to
evaluate material performance in support of this project.

5.

Suggested Reading
:

A basic knowledge of concrete mixture proportioning, mixing techniques, and testing proce
-
dures would be very useful.

Additionally, re
view of literature material on the subject of con
-
crete finite element modeling is encouraged.



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U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (GSL)

Summer 2011


Ten Weeks

Student Work Assignment



1.

Discipline
: Civil Engineer

2.

Student Level
: Graduate or upper
-
level undergraduates (senior)

3.

Principal Investigator
:

James Davis

Geotechnical and

Structures Laboratory

Geosciences and Structures Division

Survivability Engineering Branch

Office: 601
-
634
-
2750

4.

De
scription of Work
:


The student will be involved with research in the areas of survivability and protective struc
-
tures. The emphasis will be in material development to enhance the performance of structures
against blast and fragmentation. The materials
will be evaluated for their mechanical and bal
-
listic performance through laboratory and field experiments. The student will assist with all
aspects of the research to include the setup and execution of the experiments, data reduction
and analyses
,

and rep
orting. Occasionally, the student will be required to perform indepen
-
dently once given general guidance from the engineer, scientist
,

or technician. The student will
periodically work in a field or laboratory environment that will require handling materia
ls with
weights of up to 50 pounds. Numerical and analytical exercises may also be conducted to eval
-
uate material performance in support of this project.

5.

Suggested Reading
:

A basic knowledge of concrete mixture proportioning, mixing techniques, and tes
ting proce
-
dures would be very useful. Additionally, review of literature material on the subject of con
-
crete finite element modeling is encouraged.



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U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (GSL)

Summer
2011


Ten Weeks

Student Work Assignment



1.

Discipline
:

Mechanical Engineer

2.

Student Level
:

Mechanical Eng
inee
r Undergrad
uate


3.

Principal Investigator
:

Todd S. Rushing

Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory

Concrete and Materials Branch

Office:

601
-
634
-
2415

4.

Description of Work
:



Experimental laboratory work with a variety of materials.

Materials characterization, specimen
preparation, some processing or synthesis.



Cutting, polishing, and etching of various material specimens



Scanning electron

microscopy



Optical microscopy



X
-
ray diffraction



Processing and fabrication of material samples

5.

Suggested Reading
:


Any literature about materials science.




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U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (GS
L)

Summer 2011


Ten Weeks

Student Work Assignment



1.

Discipline
:

Civil Engineer

2.

Student Level
:

Graduate or upper
-
level undergraduates (senior)

3.

Principal Investigator
:

Timothy W. Rushing

Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory

Engineering Systems
and Materials Division

Airfields and Pavements Branch

Office:

601
-
634
-
2858

Email:

timothy.w.rushing@usace.army.mil


4.

Description of Work
:



The student will be involved with research in the area of
airfield pavements and airfield mat
-
ting. The emphasis will be focused on the evaluation of airfield matting systems under simu
-
lated aircraft loads.

The student will assist with test section construction, data collection,
reduction, analysis, and reportin
g.

At times, the student will be expected to perform indepen
-
dent of direct supervision from the engineer, after general guidance.

Some of the work will be
performed outdoors which will require safety gear (provided) and proper field attire (i.e., blue
jea
ns).

5.

Suggested Reading
:

A basic knowledge of airfield pavements and proficiency in Microsoft
E
xcel spreadsheet
manipulation would be helpful.

It is recommended that the student conduct basic research on
airfield mats and their use.

Information may be p
rovided by the mentor as soon as the student is
selected.




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U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (GSL)

Summer 2011


Ten Weeks

Student Work Assignment



1.

Discipline
:

Civil Engineer

2.

Student Level
:

Graduate or upper
-
level undergraduates (senior)

3.

Principal Investigator
:

Mariely Mejías Santiago

Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory

Engineering Systems and Materials Division

Airfields and Pavements Branch

Office:

601
-
634
-
2709

Email:

Mariely.Mejias@usace.army.mil

4.

Description of Work
:



The student will be involved in research in the area of airfield pavement materials.

The empha
-
sis will be focused on the evaluation of asphalt recycling methods
for use during contingency
airfield pavement repair. The student will be involved in sample preparation and conducting
laboratory tests on airfield asphalt mixtures. The student will also assist with test section con
-
struction, data collection, reduction,
analysis, and reporting. At times, the student will be
expected to perform independent of direct supervision from the engineer, after general guid
-
ance. Some of the work will be performed outdoors and travel may be required. The student
will be expected to

collate the body of work into a concise report and discuss this work as a
brief lecture/presentation at the end of the assignment.

5.

S
uggested Reading
: none

A basic knowledge of asphalt pavement materials and proficiency in spreadsheet manipulation
would

be helpful.






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U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (GSL)

Summer 2011


Ten Weeks

Student Work Assignment



1.

Discipline
:

Civil, Mechanical or Computational Engineering Students

2.

Student
Level
:

Sen
ior Classification or Graduate Student

3.

Principal Investigator
:

Henry McDevitt
,
Chief

Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory

Engineering Systems and Materials Division

Impact and Explosion Effects Branch

Office: 601
-
634
-
2705

Email:
Henry.S.McDevitt@usace.army.mil


4.

Description

of Work
:

The Impact and Explosion Effects Branch (IEEB) conducts research in the areas of penetration
mechanics; weapons/explosion effects and phenomenolo
gy; material characterization; and high
performance computational analysis to support a broad customer base.

To accomplish its mis
-
sion, the IEEB conducts both laboratory and field experiments in conjunction with numerical
modeling to evaluate weapon and e
xplosive phenomena.


The summer intern positions will require students to be involved in nearly every aspect of the
IEEB mission and may include: assisting with the conduct of laboratory penetration experi
-
ments or material characterization testing; develo
ping numerical meshes and running numerical
simulations under the guidance of senior staff; scale model target fabrication; participation with
explosive field testing; and data reduction and analysis.


5.

Suggested
R
eading
:



Conduct a web search dealing w
ith explosive effects and blasting.

There are a number of
papers and articles that have been written by ERDC staff and universities such as the Univer
-
sity of Missouri that would be informative.



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U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Geotechn
ical and Structures Laboratory (GSL)

Summer 2011


Ten Weeks

Student Work Assignment



1.

Discipline
: Civil, Mechanical or Computational En
gineering Students

2.

Student Level
: Senior Classification or Graduate Student

3.

Principal Investigator
:

Henry McDevitt, Chief

Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory

Engineering Systems and Materials Division

Impact and Explosion Effects Branch

Office: 601
-
634
-
2705

Email:
Henry.S.McDevitt@usace.army.mil


4.

Description of Work
:

The Impact and Explosion Effects Branch (IEEB) conducts research in the areas of penetration
mechanics; weapons/explosion effects and phenomenology; material characterization; and high
performance computational analysis to support

a broad customer base. To accomplish its mis
-
sion, the IEEB conducts both laboratory and field experiments in conjunction with numerical
modeling to evaluate weapon and explosive phenomena.

The summer intern positions will require students to be involved

in nearly every aspect of the
IEEB mission and may include: assisting with the conduct of laboratory penetration experi
-
ments or material characterization testing; developing numerical meshes and running numerical
simulations under the guidance of senior
staff; scale model target fabrication; participation with
explosive field testing; and data reduction and analysis.

5.

Suggested Reading
:


Conduct a web search dealing with explosive effects and blasting. There are a number of
papers and articles that ha
ve been written by ERDC staff and universities such as the Univer
-
sity of Missouri that would be informative.



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U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (GSL)

Summer 2011


Ten Weeks

Student Work Assignment



1.

Discipline
:

Civil/Structural Engineer

2.

Student Level
:

S
enior level BS or MS

3.

Principal Investigator
:

Bradley W. Foust
and

Jorge O. Torres
-
Alamo

Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory

Geotechnical and Structures Division

Office:

601
-
634
-
2036 or 60
1
-
634
-
3916


4.

Description of Work
:



Student should have a strong background in structural analysis and design, with particular
interest in structural dynamics. We are currently engaged in ongoing research and development
programs in the area of weapons e
ffects and terrorist threat protection. Depending upon timing
of ongoing projects, the student may be involved in one or more of the following activities:



Material characterization of h
igh performance concrete: quasi
-
static and dynamic labora
-
tory
experiments.



Analyze experimental data from explosive testing of blast mitigation concepts to protect
critical infrastructure.



Collect post
-
test data from field experiments.

5.

Suggested Reading
:



Structural response to
d
ynamic
l
oads.



Test methods to obtai
n
d
ynamic properties of
c
oncrete.




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U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (GSL)

Summer 2011


Ten Weeks

Student Work Assignment



1.

Discipline
:

Computer or Electrical Engineer, or Computer Scientist

2.

Student Level
:

BS or upper
-
level undergraduates

3.

Principal Investigator
:

Burhman Q. Gates

Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory

Engineering Systems and Materials Division

Mobility Systems Branch

Office
:
601
-
634
-
3200

4.

Description of Work
:



Student s
hould have a strong background in computer science, software engineering, graphics,
and simulation.

Depending upon timing of ongoing projects, the student may be involved in
one or more of the following activities:



Testing or running high
-
fidelity simulati
ons on supercomputer.



Developing and testing robotics simulation (c++)



Reduction and formatting of simulation observations



Assisting in experiments to establish deviations in simplified scene models



Field collection of geometry, texture, and material
-
t
ype
and transfer to 3D models

5.

Suggested Reading
:


Open Scene Graph tutorials, concepts related to Level of Detailing.



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U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (GSL)

Summer 2011


Ten Weeks

Student Work
Assignment



1.

Discipline
:

Civil/Structural Engineer

2.

Student Level
: Graduate student

3.

Principal Investigator
:

Henry Diaz
-
Alvarez / Rodney Gonzalez
-
Rivera

Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory

Geotechnical and

Structures Division

Office
:

601
-
634
-
2920 / 601
-
634
-
2245

4.

Description of Work
:


Fracture analysis of steel connections of a steel truss

bridge using FEA software such as
ABAQUS and SAP2000. Student should

have a strong background in structural analysis and
design. Depending upon

t
iming of ongoing projects, the student may be involved in one or
more of the

following activities:



Inspection and load rating of in
-
service bridges.



Load testing of a panel bridge.



Finite element analysis of structural components of steel truss bridges.

5.

Suggested Reading
:


The student should have a basic knowledge of FEA

software such as SAP2000 and ABAQUS.
Some topics which may be helpful

are:



References on bridge design and analysis, specifically of steel truss

bridges.



Finite element modeling of stee
l truss bridges.



Fracture of steel members.



Connections of steel elements.




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U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (GSL)

Summer 2011


Ten Weeks

Student Work Assignment



1.

Discipline
:

2.

Student Level
:

3.

Principal Investigator
:

Dr. Kennan Crane

Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory

Geotechnical and Structures Division

Structural Engineering Branch

Office: 601
-
634
-
3075

4.

Description of Work
:


The proposed research continue work begun in Fall 2010
studying the dynamic behavior of two
different types of lattice braced steel columns salvaged from a New York bridge. In order to
investigate the effects of blast loads on the bridge columns, a very detailed finite element
model will be developed using ABA
QUS CAE. The b
ridge col
umns will be subjected to time
-
pressure load functions as a result of a detonation, under different boundary conditions. Three
scenarios f
or the detonation will be estab
lished based on a scaled range, z: Low
-
1, Medium
-
0.65 and Large
-
0.35. The Time
-
Pressure load functions resulting from the three levels will be
determined from the Bridge Explosive Load (BEL) software, developed by the Engineering
Research and Development Center (ERDC). These loads will be applied to two different sides

of the columns: where the lattice members are exposed and where they are not.


This study we will develop the resistance functions for these steel columns and ob
tain their
dynamic parameters.
These results will show in which way the column

s dynamic behav
ior is
affected by the lattice element
s and the column boundary condi
tions w
hen subjected to a blast
load.
The numerical simulation will demonstrate the behavior of these steel columns and help
to predict the outcomes of future experimental tests.

5.

Sugge
sted Reading
:





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U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (GSL)

Summer 2011


Ten Weeks

Student Work Assignment



1.

Discipline
:

Mechanical Engineer

2.

Student Level
:

Graduate student

or

up
per
-
level
undergraduate student

3.

Principal Investigator
:

Mei Q. Chandler

Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory

Geotechnical and Structures Division

Structural Mechanic
s

Branch

Office: 601
-
634
-
4618

4.

Description of Work
:



Student should have a strong backgroun
d in finite element stress analysis and understanding of
behavior of materials.
A

student familiar with ABAQUS and Fortran programming will be very
good. Depending upon timing of ongoing projects, the student may be involved in one or more
of the following

activities:



Perform finite element analysis on concrete and biomaterials by using Abaqus



Perform discrete element analysis on biomaterials by using Abaqus



Write UMAT for Abaqus and small application codes in Fortran

5.

Suggested Reading
:


Any book about

finite element analyses and continuum mechanics and Abaqus UMAT
development.




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U.S.

Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC)

Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (GSL)

Summer 2011


Ten Weeks

Student Work Assignment



1.

Disciplines
: Civil
Engineering or Geological Engineering

2.

Student Level
: Graduate

3.

Principal Investigator
:

Wipawi Vanadit
-
Ellis

Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (GSL)

U.S.

Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC)

3909 Halls Ferry Road

Vicksburg, MS
39180
-
6199

Office: 601
-
634
-
2688

Email:
wipawi.vanadit
-
ellis@usace.army.mil

4.

Description of Work
:

The student will work as part of a team to assist with a current research project in the area of
soil mechanics
to investigate designed structural solutions to mitigate I
-
wall lateral deflection/

failure, and validate numerical analyses, using available levee and I
-
wall data. The effort will
involve all the processes of conducting centrifuge scale mod
el experiments. Levee section will
include sheet piles, floodwall, and a structural solution being evaluated for mitigation.
The stu
-
dent will also be involved in analysis of the data, and in documenting the results for potential
publications.

5.

Suggested

Reading
:

Technical publications from the project are available for review upon request.



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U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Information Technology Laboratory (ITL)

Summer 2011


Ten Weeks

Student Work Assignment



1.

Discipline
:

Research

Computer Scientist

2.

Student Level
:

BS or MS

3.

Principal Investigator
:

James Stinson

Information Technology Laboratory

Computational Science and Engineering Division

Data Analysis, Integration, and Assessment Branch

Office
:

601
-
634
-
3404

4.

Description

of Work
:


You will work on cutting
-
edge research and development projects for the Department of
Defense, developing state
-
of
-
the
-
art solutions for the toughest challenges facing the nation.
Requirements include: a BS or MS degree in computer science, str
ong communication skills
(oral and written), ability to work well in an interdisciplinary team environment, and willing
-
ness and ability to earn a graduate degree (MS or ME and PhD). Graduate education is fully
funded and supported by the ERDC.

Travel requ
irements vary; you may travel worldwide and
frequently. A security investigation and clearance will be required.


Duties:



Participates on interdisciplinary teams of computer scientists, computer engineers, and
civil engineers in large
-
scale research and so
ftware development projects.



Uses knowledge of computer science in the application of mathematical principles to assist
senior engineers and scientists in the development of advanced computational tools in sup
-
port of both direct and reimbursable work with
in the Software Engineering and Informatics
Division.



Uses experience and proficiency in programming languages such as Visual Basic, C ++,
Java, and Perl to develop software component applications for the UNIX and Windows
operating systems.

Assists senior
engineers and scientists in the incorporation of these
components into an overall software development architecture.



Assists in the systems engineering activities used to design, develop, and deploy informa
-
tion systems.



Uses knowledge of Information Tec
hnology secu
rity principles, concepts, prac
tices, sys
-
tems software, database software, to carry out activities leading to security certification or
accreditation in the context of D
epartment of Defense and Depart
ment of Army guidelines.


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Uses knowledge of Local Area Network security requirements and techniques for protect
-
ing computer systems from viruses, data tampering, and unauthorized system entry.



Helps prepare and review technical doc
uments to include logical and physical data models,
system requirements, software design, system specifications, information security, valida
-
tion and verification criteria, acceptability standards, and system performance standards to
fulfill software meth
odology requirements.



Participates as a member of a team to conduct research in the Computer Science and Com
-
puter Engineering topic areas, publishes the research results in technical reports and papers,
and presents research findings at technical conferen
ces to advance the body of knowledge
in the field and to facilitate technology transfer.

5.

Suggested Reading
:
None.




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U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Information Technology Laboratory (ITL)

Summer 2011


Ten Weeks

Student Work Assignm
ent



1.

Discipline
:

Research Computational Engineer.

2.

Student Level
:

BS

or MS

3.

Principal Investigator
:

Guillermo Riveros

Informat
ion

Technology Laboratory

Computational Science & Engineering Division

Computational Analysis Branch

Office:

601
-
634
-
4476

4.

Description of Work
:



You will work on cutting
-
edge research and development projects for the Department of
Defense, developing state
-
of
-
the
-
art solutions for the toughest challenges facing the nation.
Requirements include: a BS or MS deg
ree in an engineering discipline, strong communication
skills (oral and written), ability to work well in an interdisciplinary team environment, and
willingness and ability to earn a graduate degree (MS or ME and PhD). Graduate education is
fully funded an
d supported by the ERDC.

Travel requirements vary; you may travel worldwide
and frequently. A security investigation and clearance will be required


Duties:



Uses advanced modeling techniques to create, execute
,

and evaluate complex numerical
(finite eleme
nt analysis) models for use in multiple disciplines including structural
mechanics, hydrodynamic and blast load dynamics.



Develops, executes, and evaluates complex numerical simulations (finite element analysis
models) for use in a massively parallel distr
ibuted High Performance Computing (HPC)
environment.



Develops scripts, software and batch queuing tools to automate the aforementioned com
-
puting capability in a HPC environment.



Uses knowledge of software programming languages such as Java, Perl, Visual
Basic, C
and C++ to develop easy to use tools for manipulating large quantities of data created
through the numerical simulations.



Communicates effectively the results of computational analyses with technical and non
-
technical audiences. This includes both

written and oral presentations.



Participates as a member of a team to conduct research in the Computer Science and Com
-
puter Engineering topic areas, publishes the research results in technical reports and papers,
and presents research findings at technic
al conferences to advance the body of knowledge
in the field and to facilitate technology transfer.

5.

Suggested Reading
: None.



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U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Topographic Engineering Center

(
TEC
)

Summer 2011


Ten Weeks

Student Work
Assignment



1.

Discipline
:
Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics

2.

Student Level
:
Grad Prefer, Upper Undergrad Accepted

3.

Project Title
:
Situation Awareness Geospatially Enabled (SAGE)

4.

Principal Investigator
:

Lloyd Hauck

Topographic Eng
ineering Center

Alexandria, Virginia

Research Division

Data Representation Branch

Office: 703
-
438
-
7833

5.

Project Description
:

Situation Awareness Geospatially Enabled (SAGE) seeks to develop geospatially based tactical
analysis tools focused on improved
situation awareness for small units engaged in Counter
-
Insurgency (COIN) operations.
The analytic tools will use mission related geospatial, weather,
temporal, and cultural information to assist in the operations of forward outposts, determine
areas to be
monitored for counter IED operations, and determine zones in populated places that
are at risk to insurgent operations.

Some example tasks are:



Conduct military mission and task specific geospatial analysis using ESRI software.



Develop Tactical Spatial Ob
jects that support small unit COIN missions and tasks.



Investigate alternative methods to efficiently store, access, and process large data sets of
high resolution geospatial data.



Develop a SAGE web portal and associated widgets using Google Earth and Ozo
ne.



Perform software integration of complementary technologies in collaboration with ERDC
partners.



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11
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U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Topographic Engineering Center

(
TEC
)

Summer 2011


Ten Weeks

Student Work Assignment



1.

Discipline
:
Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics

2.

Student Level
:

3.

Project Title
:
Situation Awareness Geospatially Enabled (SAGE)

4.

Principal Investigator
:

Grad Prefer, Upper Undergrad Accepted

Lloyd Hauck

Topographic Engineering Center

Alexandria,

Virginia

Research Division

Data Representation Branch

Office: 703
-
438
-
7833

5.

Project Description
:

Situation Awareness Geospatially Enabled (SAGE) seeks to develop geospatially based tactical
analysis tools focused on improved situation awareness for smal
l units engaged in Counter
-
Insurgency (COIN) operations.
The analytic tools will use mission related geospatial, weather,
temporal, and cultural information to assist in the operations of forward outposts, determine
areas to be monitored for counter IED op
erations, and determine zones in populated places that
are at risk to insurgent operations.

Some example tasks are:



Conduct military mission and task specific geospatial analysis using ESRI software.



Develop Tactical Spatial Objects that support small uni
t COIN missions and tasks.



Investigate alternative methods to efficiently store, access, and process large data sets of
high resolution geospatial data.



Develop a SAGE web portal and associated widgets using Google Earth and Ozone.



Perform software integra
tion of complementary technologies in collaboration with ERDC
partners.



ERDC
-
11
-
38


U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Topographic Engineering Center

(
TEC
)

Summer 2011


Ten Weeks

Student Work Assignment



1.

Discipline
:
Mathematics, Computer
Science, Signal Processing and/or Scientific Computing

2.

Student Level
:
Grad or Upper Undergrad

3.

Project Title
: Ex
ploitation of Sensor Patterns:
Rapid Processing and Visualization Tools for
Multi
-
Sensor Geospatial Datasets

4.

Principal Investigator
:

Dr.

Jonathan Lefman

Topographic Engineering Center

Alexandria, Virginia

Research Division

Geospatial Applications Branch

Office: 703
-
4
2
8
-
8039

5.

Project Description
:

Multi
-
sensor geospatial systems can generate terabytes of data in a short amount of
time.
Bec
ause of the large data size, the current approach is to use only small portions of the data at a
time. In addition, the current set of tools to process and visualize fused photographic data and
laser range point cloud data is inadequate for rapid pro
cessin
g and data distribution.
We hope
to increase the usable data size for visualization by using robust and ef
ficient processing
techniques.
We have recently taken new approaches to handle such diff
iculties.
These include
using novel rendering techniques which

adapt to terrain feat
ures to enhance visualization.
However, we expect that incorporating other tools can expand upon this project’s directions
and increase its applicability
.
It is expected that this work will incorporate methods in machine
learning, com
pression, and visualization. Therefore, the following tasks need to be performed:




Improve usability by modifying the graphical user interface (GUI)



Evaluate and compare current capabilities of various processing algorithms.



Develop efficient automated
data import steps.



Incorporate real
-
time computing using graphical processing unit (GPU).



Create applications and distributable data formats for rapid distribution to portable devices.



Optimize data representation for more efficient access to regions of
interest.



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11
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