R&D Mechanical Engineer (Ph.D. or Masters)
CompensationUp-to Full Support
Start DateSummer 2022
This position may have additional semesters if the allocation of further funding is available. Most positions involve 40 hrs/week during the summer and 10-20 hrs/week when classes occur. The guaranteed semesters for this position are:
- Summer 2022
- Fall 2022
- Spring 2023
- Summer 2023
- Fall 2023
- Spring 2024
For this project under leadership of the Colorado School of Mines, we at MTU are developing an attachment for a rover to be built by Lunar Outpost that will compact layers of lunar sand and dust using vibratory needles. This will result in a site preparation for a lunar landing pad construction where the underlaying sand and dust needs to by compacted to 90% relative density over a large area within a given time.
- Design, build, and test vibratory compaction device for a moon rover.
- Work independently and communicate results with lab and stakeholders.
- Analyze vibration data to determine optimal compactor configuration.
- Test compaction device in lunar regolith simulant (atmospheric, vacuum).
- You must be a U.S. person.
- Commit to a 2-year NASA research grant.
- 3D Printing Experience
- Machine Shop Experience (including CNC Mill and lathe)
- Data Analysis Experience
- Data Collection Experience
- CAD Experience
- Independent worker.
- Experience in collection of vibratory data.
- Experience in producing reports on collected data.
- Experience in effectively communicating results.
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