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Space and Sea: Delaware Tech grads intern at UD through Space Grant program

Space and Sea: Delaware Tech grads intern at UD through Space Grant program

Three 2012 graduates of the electronics and engineering technologies departments at Delaware Technical Community College in Georgetown are spending the summer at the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) working on projects funded through grants from the Delaware Space Grant Consortium.

The program, established in 1991, is funded by NASA in order to train students and researchers in the state of Delaware in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and geography.

Paul Spencer, who graduated in the spring with an associate degree in mechanical design engineering technology, and Tyler Davidson, who graduated with an associate degree in electronics and computer engineering technology, are working with CEOE’s George Luther, Maxwell P. and Mildred H. Harrington Professor, to design a pumping and valve control system for deployment at 5,000 meters using the Jason deep sea submersible to collect water samples from a thermal vent.

Doug Hicks and Brent Mitchell, department chairs for engineering technology and electronics engineering technology at Delaware Tech in Georgetown, are also advising the students as they conduct their work.

“Paul and Tyler have had a wonderful opportunity to apply the design knowledge they developed through their studies at Delaware Tech to an exciting real world problem,” said Hicks.  “Although simple to do on land, collecting water samples by a remote control 5,000 meters under the sea presents quite a challenge. They have done a great job of coming up with a practical solution to a very difficult problem.”