Grand Challenges

Overview

Grand Challenge Projects are one of the primary teaching and learning mechanism for first year students at ASDL, and are modeled after DARPA's Grand Challenges. In the ASDL Grand Challenges, incoming graduate students are divided into teams of five to ten students, and each team is given a broad, open-ended problem to address. In addition to the graduate students, there are often undergraduate team members who participate in the Grand Challenges either as part of the Boeing Aerospace Scholarship Program or for course credit. The projects are conducted over the course of two academic semesters, concluding with a final presentation to ASDL's External Advisory Board. The scope of topics for these challenges are current and relevant to the aerospace industry, and are often inspired by sponsored research projects. Topics range from the integration of unmanned air vehicles into the national airspace, choosing a renewable energy portfolio for Naval bases, to the design of the next generation of revolutionary aircraft. In order to complete these challenges, students must become fluent in their problem area, learn what techniques and methods are available to assist them in solving their problem, determine the data and scope of modeling which is required, develop any necessary modeling and simulation, perform data analysis, and create a dynamic and flexible visualization environment to present results and support analysis, trade-offs, and decision making. Students must become experts in problem formulation, technical analysis, and reporting findings. From these Grand Challenges, students learn many needed skills that are not typically taught in a classroom, such as good research practices, how to address a new problem are with which one may be unfamiliar, how to manage time on a large scale research project, how to effectively communicate results, and many others.

2018-2019 Topics

  • HERMES: Hyperloop Exploration for Risk Management and Environment Simulation
  • ROAR ML: Reduction of Aviation Risk Through Machine Learning
  • DOF-SIX: Development of a Framework for Structural Investigation of eXtreme Manuevers
  • TeTRIs: Technique to Readily Integrate sUAS
  • UAM QUANTA: UAM Quantifying Uncertainty of Airpark Network Using Takeoff Analysis
  • STEAM: Sensitivity Tool for Evaluating Urban Air Mobility
  • GLIMPSE: Global Living Building Instance Modeling for the Promotion of a Sustainable Build Environment
  • RESCUE: Resiliency Enabled Supply Chain Utility Evaluation
  • FAMOUS: Framework for Architecting Mission Oriented UAVs
  • HEAT MASS: Hybrid Electric Thermal Management Architecture Solutions via MBSE
  • AHEAD: Advanced Hybrid Electric Aircraft Design
  • FREEDOM: Flowdown of Requirements for Engineering Design & Optimization with Manufacturing Considerations
  • ATLAS: Agent-based Tactical Logistics Assistance Simulation
  • RADIO: Robustness Analysis of Denied Imperfection Communication
  • U-PAC: Uncertainty Propagation Assessment for C-17
  • FATHOM: Fleet Assessment Tool Military for Holistic Objective-Based Mission-planning
  • FOLLOW: Formulation & Optimization of Logistics for Lunar Outpost & Workspace
  • SIMPLE: Simulation Management for Project Lifecycles and Environments
  • ARTIST: Architecture Realization Through Implementation of Satellite Trades
  • STARMAP: Satellite Technologies Assessment on Resilience for Military Applications Program
  • LLAMA: Lunar Lander for Adaptable Modular Architectures
  • HyperDOME: Hypersonic Design and Optimization Modeling Environment
  • FASST: Fundamentally Achievable SuperSonic Transport
  • RotATES: Rotorcraft Analysis and Trade-off Environment for System of Systems
  • SLIM JIM: Strategic Long-range Intercontinental Missile for Joint Insurance of MAD
  • MOTIF: Mobility on Campus with Traffic and Incident Forecasting Environment

2017-2018 Topics

  • DELIVER: Decomposition of a Lunar In-Space Vehicle for Robotic Assembly
  • LEAF: Lunar Exploration Architecture Framework
  • MaRTA: Mars Reusable Transportation Architecture
  • AEGiS: Analysis and Exploration of Generalized Systems of Systems
  • TraPT: Trajectory Planning Tool
  • ASSIST: Asset Selection and Simulation for Intratheater Support Tool
  • TRIDENT: Time-variant Response Investigator for Determination of Effective Naval Task-Management
  • SIRENS: Signature Investigation and Risk Management Environment for Naval Systems
  • DISCO: Disaggregated System of Systems Capability for Operation Analysis
  • STorCS: Standoff Torpedo Carrier System
  • FOCUS: Feasibility of On-Demand Commuting Using STOL
  • SWIFT: Subsonic Wing Integrated Framework Technology
  • FAST: Framework for Analysis of Supersonic Transport
  • VIPER: Vehicle Performance Risk Analysis
  • TEMPEST: Turboelectric Modular Propulsor Environment for Sizing & Trades
  • IMPulSe: Integrated Modeling of Power Distribution and Thermal Management System for Megawatt-class Aircraft
  • FC-BLITS: Framework for Coupled Boundary Layer Ingestion
  • GFIVE: General Framework for Investigation of Loads on Vertical Empennage

2016-2017 Topics

  • Single Digital Thread Approach to Certification-Driven Design
  • Single Digital Thread Approach to Detailed Design
  • CONTINUUM
  • Urban VTOL for On Demand Mobility
  • Enabling Plant flexIbility for Combined Cycle Systems (EPICCS)
  • FAA PEGASAS Data Fusion and Analytics
  • NASA Atmospheric Data Study
  • FAA Parametric Assessment of Noise Mitigation Strategies
  • SPARTAN: Signature Prioritization And Risk Management Tool for the Analysis of Next-Generation Vessels
  • Tactical Space Situational Awareness
  • Naval Task Force Synthesis for Modular Systems
  • Megawatt-class Turboelectric Distributed Propulsion, Power and Thermal Systems for Aircraft
  • Revolutionary Affordable Architecture Generation and Evaluation
  • EATM: Executable Architecture Through MBSE
  • UAV Swarms for Migrant Flow Monitoring
  • Manufacturing and Assembling Vehicles Remotely In Space
  • CONTEX: Constellation Tradespace Exploration
  • INTACT:Inbound Threat Avoidance Capability Tool

2015-2016 Topics

  • NASA sUAS Package Delivery Study
  • Thin Haul Aviation Mission Concept
  • A Single Digital Thread Approach to Detailed Design
  • UAS Family and Flexible Factory Design
  • Integration of Active Flow Control Systems into Commercial Aircraft
  • Fleet Level Analysis and Design of Autonomous Electric Vehicles for Future Urban Mobility
  • Generalized methodology for sizing unconventional propulsion and configuration aircraft
  • Collaborative Unmanned Vehicles for Maritime Search and Rescue
  • Europa Mission Model-Based Analysis of ReQuirements
  • Mars Architecting for Reusable Transportation Systems
  • Launch Vehicle Manufacturing Influenced Design
  • Micro-Autonomous Systems Research
  • SOCOM Parametric Aircraft Design Environment
  • Airborne Contested Communications Environment Simulator
  • ONR Electric Ship
  • Robust Sensor Installation Planning for the Space Launch System

2014-2015 Topics

  • Degaussing-Influenced Submarine Design
  • NATO Mine Countermeasures: Early Stage Warship Design
  • UV-CORE: Unmanned Vehicle Collaboration Research Environment
  • Micro-Autonomous Systems Research
  • NASA Marshall Space MInD
  • ECLIPSE: Europa CLIPper Simulation Environment
  • Asteroid Capture, Retrieval, Utilization and Mitigation
  • MARS Colonization
  • A Design Space Exploration Methodology to Support Decisions Under Evolving Requirements’ Uncertainty and Its Application to Suborbital Vehicles
  • Distributed Logistics in an Urban Setting Using Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  • SAAB Unmanned Aircraft Family Design and Manufacturing
  • NAS Wide Technology Integration
  • HELIOS: Hybrid Electric aircraft LIfe-cycle Optimization System
  • MOTEVETOR - Management Of Technologies for Electric Vehicle Efficiency Towards Optimizing Range
  • eMeals: Enhanced Meal Experience with Airborne Light Systems (Airbus Fly Your Ideas Competition)
  • Boeing Manufacturing Influenced Design (MInD) Production Optimization
  • FORCITE: FORmulation of Certification Influenced Technology Evaluation

2013-2014 Topics

  • Design Analysis for Amphibious Assault Requirements Tradeoffs
  • High-Speed Advanced Long Range Air-to-Air Missile
  • Modular Aircraft for Supersonic TEchnology Research
  • Space Manufacturing Influenced Design
  • Mars Architecture Space Exploration
  • System-integration and Performance of Electronic Countermeasures Through Response Emulation
  • Integrated MCM Package Architecture Requirements Tool
  • Hull-Influenced Degaussing Design for Electromagnetic Signatures
  • Airborne Theater Intelligence Architecture
  • Micro Autonomous Systems and Technologies
  • UQuEST: Uncertainty Quantification for ERA Selected Technologies
  • Manufacturing Influenced Design Production Optimization
  • Gyrocopter-type Airborne Wind Turbines
  • Assessing the Dynamics of Change within the Future National Airspace System
  • More Electric aiRcraft Integration Technique
  • Hybrid Electric Research, Modeling, Evaluation, and Selection
  • PROduct Family Of Unmanned Novel Design
  • Ultra High Bypass Ratio Engine Integration Study
  • Aerospace Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering
  • Reconfigurable Design and Operation of Unmanned Systems
  • Scenario Based Formation Flight Effectiveness Quantification

2012-2013 Topics

  • Evaluation of Autonomous Vehicles Implemented in Mine Countermeasures
  • Evaluation of Naval Electronic Countermeasures Projects Through Architecture and System Simulation
  • ASTRAEUS - Alternative Selection by Tracking Requirements through Analysis and Evaluation of Unmanned Systems
  • Army Watercraft: A Family of Maneuver Support Vessels
  • ARTEMIS - Aerial Reconnaissance Tactical Engagement MISsile
  • OrDeR - Orbital Debris Removal
  • Manned Space Transportation Systems for Cis-lunar Operations
  • MAST - Micro Autonomous Systems and Technology
  • ASCEND - Assessment of Supply Chain and Manufacturing in Engineering Design
  • HYPERION - HYbrid-electric Propulsion aircraft with Environmental Reductions for Integration and Optimization of Nextgen
  • More Electric Aircraft Subsystems Integration in CATIA V6
  • MInD PRO - Manufacturing Influenced Design Production Optimization
  • CRANE - Community Reduction of Airport Noise Exposure
  • DISTINCT - DISruptive Technologies' Impact on National Civil Transportation
  • EConEcT: Environmentally Conscious and Economically viable Technologies
  • Sustainability Indicator Set and Corresponding Metrics for Aircraft Design Assessment

2011-2012 Topics

  • NUMMAS: Naval Unmanned Multi-Mission Aerial Systems
  • Autonomous Riverine Surface Vessel
  • MANTA: Mine Countermeasures Autonomous Naval Technology Assessor
  • CDEW: Counter Directed Energy Weapons
  • Dynamic Modeling Issues for the More Electric Aircraft
  • STREAMS: Scenario-based Transportation System Reactions to Employing Technology and Alternate Mission
  • MOVERS: Multimodal Operations for Vehicles in Emergency/First Response Scenarios
  • Estimating Biomass Uncertainty Using Electro-optical Remote Sensing Technology
  • INSTANT: Integrated Structures AerodyNamics Trade-off Environment
  • Quantitative Technology Assessment of MAST Platforms
  • Integration of Unmanned Air Systems into the National Airspace System
  • MInD: Manufacturing Influenced Design
  • Space Launch System: Accelerated Booster Development Cycle
  • NASA Environmentally Responsible Aviation University Engineering Design Contest
  • GE Smart Grid Challenge

2010-2011 Topics

  • Hypersonic Advanced Missile for Multi-mission Execution and Rapid Response
  • MAST - Micro Autonomous Science and Technology
  • C-DEW - Counter Directed Energy Weapons
  • UCLASS - Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike
  • Mine Countermeasures
  • STRAFE - More Electric Aircraft (ITAR Restricted)
  • Unmanned Aerial System Integration into the NAS
  • Manufacturing Influenced Design
  • NASA Aeronautics Design Challenge - Environmentally Responsible Aircraft
  • TRIDENNTS - Littoral Craft Design for Minimum Susceptibility
  • APOJAM (Aero/Prop Optimized Jammer)
  • NEREUS - Alternative Energy Harvesting for Military Bases

2009-2010 Topics

  • A Systems Engineering Approach for the Reduction of Interference Effects of Wind Turbines to Air Search Radars
  • Manufacturing Influenced Design
  • Energy Optimized Thermal Management System
  • Identification and Evaluation of Technology Transfer Benefits in Support of the Strategic Development of NextGen Architectures
  • Novel Energy Concepts for Ships and Fleets
  • Mine Countermeasures System of Systems
  • Next Generation Aircraft Carrier Strike System
  • Design of a Truss Braced Wing Aircraft
  • Micro Autonomous Systems Technology (MAST) : Scalable Ensemble Microsystem Models for Mission Analysis

2008-2009 Topics

  • Conceptual Design of an N+2 Small Supersonic Airliner
  • More Electric Aircraft Subsystem Architecture Selection
  • Directed Energy Weapons on Future Combat Scenarios
  • Mine Countermeasures System of Systems
  • Micro Autonomous Systems Technology
  • Boost Phase Interceptor
  • Integrated Development & Evaluation of Architectures for Systems-of-systems (IDEAS)
  • Light Eco-Friendly Aircraft Framework (LEAF)

2007-2008 Topics

  • Affordable Low Fidelity Target Systems
  • Architecture Based Naval Topside Evaluation
  • T-CRAFT Parametric Tradeoff Study
  • Air Transportation System Technology Evaluation
  • NASA Aeronautics Design Competition
  • Life Cycle Analysis of Alternative Fuels for Turbine Engine Aircraft
  • Architecture for Integrating Technologies and Evaluating Conceptual Trade-offs - EOASys

2006-2007 Topics

  • Strategic Missile Design Competition
  • Theater Ballistic Missile Defense
  • Space-Based Radar
  • Investigation of Key Parameters Impacting the Conceptual Design of a Manned Mission to Callisto
  • A Systems of Systems Approach to Hurricane Modeling and Forecasting
  • Energy Optimized Aircraft Systems Architecture Design & Evaluation
  • Super Close Air Support (CAS) Aircraft Design (2007 AIAA Graduate Team Design Competition)
  • Development of a Disaster Management Methodology
  • Technology Benefits on the Environmental Impact of Commercial Air Transportation Fleet

2005-2006 Topics

  • Strategic Missile Design Competition Foreign Missile Target Surrogate System
  • Mars Scout Vehicle
  • Commercial Air Transportation System-of-Systems (CATS2) Probabilistic Air Travel Demand Tool
  • 2006 AIAA Undergraduate Aircraft Design Competition: Homeland Defense Interceptor (Undergraduate Members Only)
  • Systems Approach to Planetary Defense
  • US Coast Guard Integrated Deepwater System