Research Group

About the Program

The Olin-NASA partnership was created in 2004 by Dr. Steve Holt, former director of Space Sciences at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Dr. Holt is now a professor of physics at The Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham, MA.

Eight undergraduate Olin College engineering students hear about a variety of possible projects from NASA scientists. Students select four projects. Each student works in a four-student team on each of two different projects. The program provides an opportunity for students to apply their skills to real-world problems. The work done by students can be continued in a following summer or put into everyday use at Goddard and other NASA facilities.

Summer 2011 Projects

Electron Optics

Digital X-Ray Signal Transmission

Laser Communication

Cloud CubeSat Thermoelectric Cooler Controller