Dr. Renu Tripathi Receives $727,691 NASA Research Grant

2017-11-07T13:44:10-05:00 By |Uncategorized|0 Comments

Achievement is something highly respected,honored, and praised. Dr. Renu Tripathi, professor of the Physics and Engineering department deserves that and much more. Dr. Tripathi has recently received a three-year  grant funded in the amount of $727,691 from NASA EPSCoR . The proposal is titled – Laser based Remote Magnetometry with Mesospheric Sodium Atoms for Geomagnetic Field Measurements. This research aims to develop a new laser based remote magnetometer (LRM) for measurement of earth’s magnetic field at mesospheric altitude. Field tests and technology demonstrations will be performed in collaboration with DSU co-investigator Dr. Gour Pati and team of collaborators from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) The project began Oct 01, 2017 and will runs through Sept. 30, 2020 so there is plenty of time to really shake things up ! The technology could be extended to develop future satellite mission concepts. Graduate student Bruce Barios and Christiane Ebongue  will gain hands-on knowledge and special skills in magnetometer design, development, and field test experiments. The students will also interact with NASA scientists and will have internship opportunities at NASA GSFC. Dr. Tripathi is more than qualified to carry out the duties of this grant. She teaches several specialized courses in physics and optical engineering in the undergraduate and graduate programs. Dr Tripath is is also the co director for OSCAR, Dr. Tripathi is a senior member the Optical Society of America (OSA) and the international society for optics and photonics (SPIE). She was featured in the 2010 SPIE Women in Optics Planner. Dr. Tripathi is the SPIE Student Chapter Advisor at DSU, and also serves in the SPIE Education Committee as well as Scholarship Committee. On behalf of OSCAR we would like to extend a special thank you to NASA for recognizing the talent and providing the opportunity to create greatness.