Crashworthiness for Aerospace Structures and Hybrids (CRASH)

Laboratory

CRASH: Crashworthiness for Aerospace Structures and Hybrids

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213D Goodwin Hall (0238)
635 Prices Fork Road
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-8492

Prof. Javid Bayandor

Professor and Director
What we do….

Since its inception in 2012, the ME Department’s Crashworthiness for Aerospace Structures and Hybrids (CRASH) Lab has been involved in research and innovation in the areas of aeronautics, propulsion and energy, planetary exploration, space physics, bioinspired flight, and advanced aerospace structures and design. Founded and directed by Professor Javid Bayandor, CRASH Lab has gained international reputation through its award winning research and various collaborations with research labs and agencies, including a number of NASA centers and facilities. In 2014, CRASH Lab was recognized numerous times by National and international professional societies for significant contributions to the fields of Mechanical Engineering, and Aeronautics and Astronautics. Some of the awards are listed below.

News

Awards

  • Lockheed Martin Best Paper Award, AIAA SciTech 2014, for a Hypervelocity Physics research, Andrew Thurber (Graduating PhD Student-at the time of the award
  • First Place, Commonwealth of Virginia, ASME Old Guard Competition, for the VT BIRD Project, BIRD Team was represented by Brandon Horton (Senior Student), Team members: Brandon Galbraith, Brandon Horton, Josh Marino, Rachel Nichols, Greg Gadell, Mohammed Elsheikh, Chris Nesaw, Paul Asbury, Michael Kossa, Zach Collie, and Joseph Amaya
  • First Place, Best Technical Presentation, ASME District 8, Old Guard Competition, for the VT BIRD Project, represented by Brandon Horton (Senior Student)
  • First Place, Overall Project Award, ASME District 8, Old Guard Competition, for the VT BIRD Project, represented by Brandon Horton (Senior Student)
  • Second Place, AIAA Region I, Undergraduate Competition, for IMPACT Project, IMPACT Team was represented by Ian Rider (Senior Student), Team members: Jeff Crenshaw, Allen Ernst, Steve Tuhy, Ian Rider, Bennett Salmon, Dean Nunez, Zach Garman, Yuta Yoshimura
  • Dan Platta Award, awarded by ESM Department for Outstanding Undergraduate Project, BURT Team 2013-2014 Virginia Hagen-Gates, Nicholas Sharp, Evan Hemingway, Molly Syme, Juelyan Via
  • Scholarship, International Planetary Probe Workshop, organized by NASA and held at JPL and California Institute of Technology, for Mars Mission studies, Scott Perino (Graduating PhD Student)
  • 2014 FED Scholar of the Year, ASME Fluids Engineering Division, for Advanced Hybrid Structures Propulsion Studies, Yangkun Song (2nd Year PhD Student)
  • 2014 FED Scholar of the Year, ASME Fluids Engineering Division, for Hypervelocity Physics Studies, Andrew Thurber (Graduating PhD Student)
  • First Place, AIAA Region I, YPSE Undergraduate Competition, held in Applied Physics Lab at Johns Hopkins University, for Batoid Studies and First Developed Batoid, BURT Team was represented by Liza Kossobokova, and Brittany Gater (Senior Students), Team members: Douglas Arendt, Nicole Capella, Matthew Croson, Brittany Gater, Mohsen Hosseinian, Liza Kossobokova, Wesley Roston, and Michael Walsh
  • First Place, AIAA Region I, Young Professional, Student, Educator (YPSE) Graduate Competition, held in Applied Physics Lab at Johns Hopkins University, for Bat Flight Studies, BAT Team Alexander Matta (CRASH Lab), Brandon Horton (CRASH Lab), Jeffrey Feaster (CRASH Lab, CREST Lab), Matthew Bender (DySMAC), Team was represented by Brandon Horton (1st Year PhD Student), Team members
  • Second Place (ASME International Award), Finale of the International Old Guard Competition, held during the International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exhibition (IMECE 2014), Montreal, Canada, for the VT BIRD Project, represented by Brandon Horton (1st Year PhD Student)

Laboratory address:

Department of Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering, Virginia Tech
635 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-6045