We are students at the University of South Alabama located in Mobile, Alabama. We compete in NASA's University Student Launch Initiative (USLI) which is a national launch competition. Our University Launch Program (ULP) team consists of mostly mechanical engineering students and a few electrical engineering students. We will work as a team to design a rocket to reach an altitude of one mile. The team will be using the Shelby Hall engineering facility at the University of South Alabama for designing, building and testing purposes. We are delighted to also work with Dr. Gail Jefferson, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of South Alabama, who is advising the ULP team during this project. Mr. John Hansel, a member of the National Association of Rocketry (NAR) and Section Adviser for the Southeast Alabama Rocketry Society (SEARS), will be our team’s mentor. Our supplier, Mr. Chris Short, who is on the Level 3 Certification Committee for SEARS as well as a member of NAR and Tripoli Rocketry Association. Besides striving in successful performance in our rocket design, our team, also focuses on young children involved in the fields of science based careers and hopes to inspire young students.
To simply state what this project focuses on is providing undergraduate students and opportunity to perform real world engineering along with the day to day challenges of working on a diverse team. The students must be able to present technical data, manage the project, reach the stated objectives, balance the budget, and be educators to young grade school students during outreaches.
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