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NSF-DoD Summer 2024 Research Site at UCF: HYPER

UCF College of Engineering

Dr. Otanicar –

Good news! UCF’s jointly-funded NSF-DoD REU site has been renewed for 2024! Our application portal just opened, and we are looking for students for Summer 2024.

Because of your strong connection with undergraduate students, I hope you will help publicize this message to students to participate in the NSF-DoD REU Site: Advanced Technologies for Hypersonic, Propulsive, Energetic, and Reusable Platforms (HYPER) at the University of Central Florida (UCF).

HYPER addresses challenges in aerospace travel and energy production, advancing the fundamental knowledge needed to overcome technical barriers limiting hypersonic flight. The 10-week program will be held this summer from May 19th – July 27th, 2024. Participants will gain hands-on research training in challenges such as: utilizing advanced manufacturing techniques for high-value components, integrating in-site monitoring of stress-strain evolution, developing novel methods for improved internal cooling and heat transfer effectiveness, and mitigating flutter through advanced rotor dynamic control. Many of these challenges rely on approaches that cut across disciplines and research techniques.

We are actively recruiting a diverse group of participants from a variety of universities. These students will:

  • Conduct hands-on research guided directly by a faculty mentor and their graduate student(s)
  • Interact with a diverse multidisciplinary team of researchers
  • Visit the NASA Kennedy Space Center and various aerospace companies
  • Participate in professional development workshops
  • Gain in-depth training on numerical simulation software ANSYS
  • Prepare for graduate school and a research-based career
  • Engage with other REU groups located at UCF

Each HYPER REU participant will receive a summer stipend of $6,000, on-campus housing, and a travel allowance to and from Orlando, Florida. To learn more about the program, please visit our website at or view the HYPER REU flyer (transcribed below).

The application deadline for HYPER is Wednesday, March 20th, 2024 at 11:59 PM ET. Prospective participants may apply at

The organizers of the program are Drs. Ali P. Gordon and Jeffrey L. Kauffman ( I hope that you will let us know if you have any questions about the HYPER REU program or the University of Central Florida.

Please free to invite prospective summer participants to apply by forwarding this e-mail. I appreciate your help.

Best Regards,

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Ali P. Gordon, Ph.D., Fellow ASME
Associate Dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science
Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
University of Central Florida | | 407-823-2455


HYPER: Advanced Technologies for HYpersonic, Propulsive, Energetic and Reusable Platforms

May 19th – July 27th  |  UCF Main Campus  |  Orlando, FL
Application Deadline:  March 20, 2024
Notification: April 1, 2024

Be a part of a multidisciplinary research team through the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates Site at the University of Central Florida, with joint sponsorship by the Department of Defense. As a participant in the 10-week program, you will engage in hands-on research training in contemporary challenges such as utilizing advanced propulsion, additive manufacturing techniques, flutter mitigation, developing novel methods for improved internal cooling and heat transfer effectiveness, and much more.

To learn more, visit or contact the program directors Ali P. Cordon or Jefferey L. Kauffman at


  • Participate in hands-on research guided by a faculty mentor and a graduate student
  • Visit NASA Kennedy Space Center and aircraft manufacturers
  • Receive training on simulation software
  • Prepare for graduate school and a research career


  • U.S. citizen or permanent residents
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Sophomore or junior engineering majors enrolled at four-year colleges and universities in the U.S.
  • Women and students from underrepresented minority groups are encouraged to apply


  • Summer stipend of $6,000
  • On-campus room and board
  • Travel allowance to and from Orlando, FL
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