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AE Student to Intern With AFRL This Summer

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Jeremiah SandersJeremiah Sanders, a senior aerospace engineering student, will intern this summer at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque through the prestigious Phillips Scholars Program. 

He will support the Deployable Shell RF Reflectors program with mentor Jeremy Banik.

"I will work on the development of deployable radio frequency (RF) reflectors to focus RF energy for space applications including communications, ground imaging, and moving target tracking. One of the goals of the project is to prove the feasibility of an elastically foldable, segmented reflector constructed of flexible structural materials. Such a design can significantly lower costs because it is less complex and requires fewer parts compared to current designs. This internship will provide me with a great experience in a highly advanced lab, which will benefit me in graduate school,” said Sanders, who plans to attend graduate school in the fall.

“Jeremiah has been working at the Advance Sensor Technology Lab with the support of the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) program. His work on evaluating radio frequency (RF) patch antenna for temperature sensing in the past year has resulted in one journal submission. Through this opportunity, he will have a chance to further develop his interdisciplinary research skills,” said his faculty advisor, Haiying Huang.

Sanders is the third UTA Aerospace Engineering student, and the first undergraduate, to earn an internship with AFRL this summer. He will start graduate school at Duke in the fall.