Intelligent Energetic Systems (INTENSE) REU Site

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The Intelligent Energetic Systems Engineering (INTENSE) REU at New Mexico Tech will engage undergraduate students in unique research related to robotics, smart materials, explosives, high-speed fluid dynamics, and shock physics. Students involved in this REU will complete individual research and design projects directly related to federally-funded research being performed at NMT; building skills, knowledge, and exposure to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines relevant to these national hiring needs.  The research projects will investigate the interdisciplinary engineering and science of intelligent and energetic systems, including specific projects to explore human-robot interactions and feedback, and the complex chemical-thermo-fluid-dynamics of reacting energetic material systems.  Participants will be exposed to cutting edge research facilities at NMT and at prominent national facilities through tours of Sandia National Laboratories and Kirtland Air Force Base Space Vehicles and Directed Energy Directorates.  INTENSE REU will have focused recruitment of under-represented populations of Hispanic, Native American, and Veteran minorities, supporting NMIMT’s Hispanic Serving Institution status.


The INTENSE REU objectives and impacts are to increase interest in STEM research and graduate studies, increase technical knowledge of Intelligent and Energetic Systems, increase research skills, increase exposure to STEM career opportunities, engage students in long-term STEM mentoring relationships, and enhance STEM opportunities for minority and under-represented populations. 


 Specific details of the 2019 INTENSE REU will be posted in October.


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 The INTENSE REU is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Engineering Education and Centers (EEC).  The project is led at NMT by PI Dr. Michael Hargather and Co-PI Dr. David Grow.