This 10-12 week summer program funded by NSF for graduate and undergraduate students is dedicated to conducting research on the mechanics of aerospace materials for extreme environments. Through partnership with the German Aerospace Center (DLR), students will gain research experience at a state-of-the-art facility in Cologne, Germany with leading industry scientists and develop professionally in an international environment. IRES: U.S.- Germany will also include cultural activities, industrial visits, housing, and a competitive stipend. This program will be offered each summer through 2018, with the application period taking place during the fall semester.
This summer research experience offers:
- 10 weeks of research experience with DLR scientists
- Professional development in an international environment
- Exposure to a new culture
- Provided housing
- Competitive stipend
The 2018 US-Germany IRES Team
Out of a diverse pool of applicants, a team of four students has been selected to participate in the 2018 International Research Experience for Students (IRES)- US-Germany Collaboration to advance research and education in materials for extreme environments. Chance Barrett, Luisana Calderon, Michelle Otero, and Jalime Vargas will be traveling to Cologne, Germany, and Stuttgart, Germany to spend the summer collaborating with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) at these state-of-the-art research facilities. Follow their experiences through the IRES Blog.
Research on the Mechanics of Aerospace Materials for Extreme Environments
Progress in the field of aerospace and aeronautics demands innovation and creativity when it comes to the implementation and improvement of new materials. Collaboration between scientists and engineers within the field is essential to understanding and addressing bigger problems to create innovative solutions. Each participating student will join a team that addresses a specific research problem within the field of aerospace materials in extreme environments and collaborate with local and international partners to direct their research towards the needs of industry. The exact objectives of the US-Germany IRES will evolve from year to year. For 2017, the scope of the project is as follows:
- The mechanics and microstructure of additive manufactured super-alloys
- Non-destructive in-situ experimentation
- Lifetime prediction of thermal barrier coatings using non-destructive techniques
- Combustion kinetics of novel fuels
In 2013, BBC News declared ‘The best engineers come from Germany’. This claim is supported by a long history of metallurgy and machine engineering and a more recent history of competitive innovation in the fields of materials and aerospace engineering. Home to leading companies like Siemens and ThyssenKrupp, the German aerospace industry is expanding at a rate more than three times the nation’s GDP, generating over 30 billion in revenue each year. This growth can only be maintained by developing new materials to drive innovation potential and competitiveness in the world market. “WING – Innovative Materials for Industry and Society” is a program of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research that categorizes materials research, chemistry, and nanotechnology as essential elements of innovation in all engineering fields. Germany’s new High-Tech Strategy aims to drive prosperity and improve quality of life by creating favorable conditions for innovation.
- The best engineers come from Germany
- SIEMENS Deutschland (a history)
- ThyssenKrupp AG
- WING – Innovative Materials for Industry and Society
- Germany’s new High-Tech Strategy
Our Partners: The German Aerospace Center (DLR)
DLR is the national aeronautics and space research center of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, energy, transport and security is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. In addition to its own research, as Germany’s space agency, DLR has been given responsibility by the federal government for the planning and implementation of the German space program.
DLR has approximately 8000 employees at 16 locations in Germany: Cologne (headquarters), Augsburg, Berlin, Bonn, Braunschweig, Bremen, Goettingen, Hamburg, Juelich, Lampoldshausen, Neustrelitz, Oberpfaffenhofen, Stade, Stuttgart, Trauen and Weilheim. DLR also has offices in Brussels, Paris, Tokyo and Washington D.C.
DLR’s mission comprises the exploration of Earth and the Solar System and research for protecting the environment. This includes the development of environment-friendly technologies for energy supply and future mobility, as well as for communications and security. DLR’s research portfolio ranges from fundamental research to the development of products for tomorrow. In this way, DLR contributes the scientific and technical expertise that it has acquired to the enhancement of Germany as a location for industry and technology. DLR operates major research facilities for its own projects and as a service for clients and partners. It also fosters the development of the next generation of researchers, provides expert advisory services to government and is a driving force in the regions where its facilities are located.
Program Annual Timeline
Applying to the program: September-November
Notification of acceptance: December
In order to facilitate the pre-departure preparation, accepted students will be asked to confirm their involvement in the program within 2 weeks of notification of acceptance and commit to ten hours of research per week during the spring semester.
Preparation for departure: January-April
Return: Early August
- US citizen or permanent resident
- Registered as an undergraduate or graduate student at the University of Central Florida
- Available at least 10-20 hours per week during the spring term
- Able to enroll in 3 credits of directed research in the spring term
- Available for departure for 10-12 weeks from May to August
For more information contact Dr. Seetha Raghavan
This website is based in part upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No.IIA-1460045. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).