Multi-physics of Active Systems and Structures (MASS)
NSF REU Summer Program

The program is accepting applications for summer 2014.  Download APPLICATION INFORMATION here.

Program Overview

The REU program goal is to provide undergraduate students in mechanical engineering and related fields an opportunity to participate in ongoing active research programs, including the development of micro air vehicles, multi-modal robots, active flow control, aeroacoustics, sensors and actuators, smart materials, energy harvesting and storage, etc.. The multidisciplinary nature of these projects will engage students in cross-cutting technologies by inspiring the integration and synthesis of ideas and facilitating a better understanding of engineering design at the system level.

The proposed program will recruit undergraduate students in engineering for an educational enhancement program that will involve them directly in advanced research activities within the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (CoE), Tallahassee, Florida. The unified theme of MASS will mesh well with our signature research endeavors such as the recently established Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion (FCAAP) and the newly established Aero-propulsion, Mechatronics and Energy (AME) Research Center, which will provide an excellent setting for this program. The strategic alignment of this REU site with our burgeoning research programs and a state of the art facility will provide an abundance of intellectual/human resources as well as the research and administrative infrastructure needed to carry out the mission of effectively integrating education and research. The overarching goal of the project is to motivate more US students to pursue advanced engineering degrees or enter research-oriented careers. We will establish a strong and lasting relationship with neighboring educational communities to ensure an effective pipeline to recruit more qualified US students, especially under-represented minorities, into graduate programs.


The program is designed for students who have completed their sophomore or junior year in engineering (any specialty) or related fields. Women, underrepresented minorities, and students from colleges and universities without significant research opportunities are encouraged to apply. Applicants are expected to have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and must be citizens or permanent residents of the US. We are currently accepting applications for Summer 2014. Applications are due February 14, 2014. Prospective students should download and complete the REU-MASS Application. Applicants must also provide a resume, a personal statement (500 max), two letters of recommendation and a copy of their official transcripts.  External candidates will receive additonal housing accommodation, meal plan allowance and travel subsidy such that the overall package by including 10 week stipends will exceed $7,000.

All application materials should be mailed to:

REU-MASS Summer Program
Aeropropulsion, Mechatronics and Energy Center
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Room 104, 2003 Levy Ave.
Tallahassee, FL 32310

OR email:

Important Dates

  • Febrary 14: Application deadline. Applications must be postmarked by this date.  Late application will be considered if there is space available.
  • March 4: Acceptance notifications sent.
  • June 2 to August 8: REU Summer Research Program for 10 weeks.
  • August 8: REU Summer Research Program Open House and design competition.