Physics and Engineering Students Spend Summer Researching

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Five physics and engineering students are performing research projects this summer at West Virginia Wesleyan College. The Wesleyan students will be paid through the WV-NASA Space Grant Consortium and additional support is provided by the NASA IV&V Facility in Fairmont.

The internships give students real-world insights into the professions of physics and engineering.

Front row, L-R: Dr. Eric Reynolds, Andrew Tiffin, Jacob Coleman. Back row, L-R: Andrew Cvetnick, Miranda Lincicome, Dr. Bert Popson, Dr. Tracey DeLaney, Dr. Joseph Wiest.

“In past years, students returned from internships full of enthusiasm,” said Dr. Bert Popson, professor of physics and engineering. “The students encouraged their classmates to pursue internships this summer.”

Jacob Coleman, a second-year student from Belington, WV, is pursuing a project to measure the levels of radiation in the earth’s upper atmosphere. Physics Professor Dr. Joseph Wiest is Coleman’s mentor. He will attach his electronics to weather balloons to provide the necessary altitude.

Miranda Lincicome, a third-year student from Buckhannon, is working with Dr. Tracey DeLaney, assistant professor of physics, on a community outreach project to develop new shows for our planetarium. For the past two years, Lincicome has assisted Dr. DeLaney’s public planetarium shows, which are offered at 8:00 pm on the first and third Saturday of every month.

Andrew Cvetnick, a fourth-year physics student from Oakland, MD, is working on a hypersonic blow-down wind tunnel project with Dr. Wiest.

Andrew Tiffin, a fourth-year physics student from North East, MD, is working on a project to use remote electronic sensors to measure concentrations of greenhouse gases in the earth’s upper atmosphere under Dr. DeLaney’s supervision.

Pavle Milicevic, a third-year student from Serbia, is working with Dr. DeLaney to map the three-dimensional structure of the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A. They are comparing new data from the Very Large Array with data from NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory, which will provide new insights into the star remnant’s explosion.

Other physics and engineering students have internships at Thrasher Engineering in Clarksburg, WV, the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Morgantown, WV, the WVU NanoSAFE program, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Lockheed-Martin in Maryland, NASA-Langley, NASA-Glenn, NASA IV&V in Fairmont, the U.S. Army installation at Ft. Belvoir, VA, and the highway departments in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.