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Title: Robotics and Manufacturing student was awarded research internship in summer 2006 in San Jose, California working at the NASA Ames Research Center.
Description: Mr. Brandon Woods, Robotics and Manufacturing major at Alcorn State University was awarded research internship in summer 2006 in San Jose, California working at the NASA Ames Research Center. The United Negro College Fund Special Programs and NASA have formed a partnership and Mr. Woods was among the first group of interns representing UNCFSP to work at the NASA Ames Research Center. The internship came with the provided lodging and stipend.

Mr. Woods worked closely with the test engineers and scientist at the Arc Jet Testing Facility while at Ames. The Arc Jet is used to test all the thermal protective systems that will be used in the heat shield and nose cap design of spacecraft undergoing space explorations. The materials used in the test runs are provided by vendors such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin. Mr. Woods operated the pyrometer, which is a thermal imaging device that is used to calculate the surface temperature of the material being tested. He was also engaged in a study of the Arc Jet facility in an effort to gain a better understanding as to how the arc jet works. At the end of the internship, Mr. Woods completed a research paper, an abstract, and a poster presentation on his research over the course of the internship in regards to NASA. The paper and poster were presented at NASA Ames Research Center in front of Ames scientists and engineers.
 
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