The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

April 17, 2013

Team from WVU once again selected for NASA program


MORGANTOWN — For the twelfth time in 13 years, a team from West Virginia University will be participating in NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program, scheduled for July 12-20, at Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The team is made up of students from the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. It is one of 14 teams selected nationally and will join student teams from Purdue University, Rice University, University of Arizona, Virginia Tech and more.

WVU’s project, “Optimization of Liquid Spray Cooling in a Variable Gravity Environment,” will determine whether or not the onset of microgravity conditions causes a significant change in the heat removal performance of spray cooling.

Flight Week provides students with the opportunity to get hands-on experience to conduct their research. The students will experience weightlessness when they test their experiment onboard the “Weightless Wonder.”