(September 2, 2016) Marissa Boccher, an undergraduate student in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, has been awarded the Fralin Undergraduate Research Fellowship to conduct research this academic year with Dr. Alejandro Salado, Assistant Professor in Industrial and Systems Engineering.
The Fralin Undergraduate Research Fellowship program is a new, competitive award program that is open to all Virginia Tech undergraduates with a goal of increasing diversity in research. Fifteen (15) fellowships are awarded annually to individual students demonstrating academic capability and a strong interest in undergraduate research, to enable them to conduct research with a Virginia Tech faculty mentor over the course of one academic year.
With the mentoring of Dr. Salado, Marissa will investigate new methods and techniques to architect new space missions that require a high number of satellites that are governed by multiple, independent organizations. These new methods will enable governments to maximize the value of their investments in space missions by capitalizing on existing assets, historical patterns, and future forecasts.
This collaboration, which was initiated as part of the ISE Department's undergraduate research program, showcases the breadth of ISE undergraduate research and will strengthen our systems engineering capability as well as enable us to facilitate even more multidisciplinary work with other departments around campus.