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Jason Cornelius

Pennsylvania State University

Jason Cornelius is an aerospace engineering senior at the Pennsylvania State University. In spring 2016, Jason took a semester off to co-op at the NASA Ames Research Center, studying characteristics of quadcopter acoustics. During summers in 2015 and 2016, Jason interned for Bell Helicopter, accumulating knowledge in rotor analysis and flight technology research. While at Bell, he gained experience in finite element analysis, preliminary vehicle design, computational fluid dynamics research, wind tunnel simulations, and helicopter certification. In 2017, Jason was selected to participate in the Penn State College of Engineering Research Initiative (CERI) program, to conduct studies on the computational fluid dynamics of a quadcopter. Jason has also been actively engaged at Penn State since his second year. He has served as vice president of the Penn State chapter of the American Helicopter Society (AHS) since 2014, and vice president of the Wind Energy Club since 2015. Additionally, Cornelius was the scholarship chair for his fraternity Phi Kappa Psi from 2014 to 2016, and was a team leader for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Design/Build/Fly Competition in 2015.

What are some of your current projects or research interests?

"The research I am currently conducting is for my undergraduate honors thesis. The project involves the creation and validation of a computational fluid dynamics model for a quadcopter rotorcraft operating on Mars. The work will provide insight into the feasibility of using this mode of exploration in the Martian environment, improve the knowledgebase of quadcopter performance, and provide a high fidelity tool with methodology to analyze future configurations."

The Wind Energy Club took first place overall and first place in the Tunnel Testing contest at the DoE Collegiate Wind Competition 2017 Technical Challenge.

Tell us about your future plans.

I plan to continue onto graduate school for both a master’s and doctorate degrees, then serve in the aerospace industry or for the government; however, I haven't ruled out working in academia in the future as an aerospace engineering professor.

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