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NSF-DoD Summer 2023 Research Site at UCF: HYPER (Renewed and Seeking Applicants!)

NSF-DoD Summer 2023 Research Site at UCF: HYPER (Renewed and Seeking Applicants!)

UCF’s jointly-funded NSF-DoD REU site has been renewed for 2023-2025! Our application portal just opened, and we are looking for 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 21st – July 29th, 2023. 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 (linked and pictured below). 

The application deadline for HYPER is Sunday, April 3rd, 2023 at 11:59 PM ET. Prospective participants may apply at 

The organizers of the program are Drs. Ali P. Gordon and Jeffrey L. Kauffman (