Ivana Milanovic Awarded STEM Grant from NASA CT Space Grant Consortium

May 29, 2019
Submitted By: Julie Barnofski Portfolio

Professor of Mechanical Engineering Ivana Milanovic was awarded a STEM Education Research Grant from the NASA Connecticut Space Grant Consortium (CTSGC) to support her project, Simulation-Based Approach to STEM Challenges.

Professor Milanovic will investigate the use of simulations, application building, and inquiry-based learning in the undergraduate engineering curriculum, specifically in the thermo-fluids topical thread. Dr. Milanovic aims to move students from being successful in highly structured tasks to navigating unstructured tasks, and fulfilling the ABET student outcome, which states that students should have the ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

To accomplish this project, Dr. Milanovic will engage the twenty students enrolled in her Fall 2019 Fluid Mechanics class to create models of new and existing systems, visualize simulation results, go through the process of verification and validation, optimize solutions, and build applications. One senior student will participate in the assessment of this research.

CTSGC is a federally mandated grant, internship, and scholarship program that is funded as a part of NASA Education. University of Hartford is the CTSGC lead institution.

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Structure of the online course environment

An application interface for the simulation app ‘Flow Past a Cylinder,’ completed by mechanical engineering student Patrick Dubiel