Three South Korean University Student Teams Awarded Research Funding, Mentoring From Lockheed Martin in National Competition

SEOUL, Nov. 14, 2014 – Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] today announced the inaugural winners of its Republic of Korea Science, Technology and Research (RoKST&R) program, an open competition to support development of South Korea’s creative economy by nurturing students in the area of technological innovation.

Announced by the company in April, the competition was open to South Korean universities and research institutes developing advanced technology in any of seven different areas of interest, such as aeronautics, space, renewable energy and nanotechnology.

A panel of Lockheed Martin scientists and area specialists ran a multi-point selection review to evaluate each proposal for business relevance, uniqueness of the proposed research, scientific feasibility as well as proposal completeness.

“The launch of the RoKST&R fund will give science and engineering students in South Korea a jump start in their careers, and hopefully lead toward other potential joint research and development projects,” said Dr. Kyung Kim, Lockheed Martin RoKST&R program coordinator. “Lockheed Martin looks forward to co-developing new technologies with our Korean partners from the various universities, and to creating the technology solutions required by Korea.”

The three winning projects outlined below were selected from a field of 30 submissions during a weeklong series of “kick off” meetings in South Korea earlier this month. These one-year projects will be jointly conducted by professors, their selected graduate students and Lockheed Martin engineers.

RoKST&R is Lockheed Martin’s first industry-academia collaboration competition in Asia. A 2015 call for abstracts will be announced next April. Please refer to the RoKST&R website for additional information.

2014 Fund Recipients:

Seoul National University and Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Project Title: “Change Propagation Assessment Using Group Decision Framework”

The project will optimize group/crowd sourcing to better mathematically predict the design changes necessary to accommodate technology updates that may “ripple” and cause unexpected consequences for the product. The goal is to use this method to better inform the initial stages of the design of a system or product so that the subsequent insertion of new technology is simpler and more cost effective.

SNU-KAIST-winnerpic Kwang Ki Min, Yun Jung Kwon, Kyung Min Park, Kwang Kim, Padraig Moloney (Lockheed Martin), Kyung Kyu Kim (Lockheed Martin), Karen Duneman (Lockheed Martin), Eun Suk Suh, Jaemyung Ahn, Junhong Kim and Dong Woo Kim (from left to right)

Seoul National University
Project Title: “Flow Analysis and Design of Low Reynolds Number Airfoil”

High altitude platforms that stay aloft for extended periods can be used to meet a variety of civil and commercial needs, including volcanic activity monitoring, forest fire detection, provision of telecommunication services and “pseudo” satellites. As the aerodynamic features of high altitude platforms are very different from conventional aircraft, this project will analyze Low Reynolds Number (LRN) flow characteristics—especially during transition to high altitude—to improve the design of an LRN airfoil to yield enhanced aerodynamic performance.

SNU-winnerpic Eunsa Kim, Karen Duneman (Lockheed Martin), Chongam Kim, Padraig Moloney (Lockheed Martin), Kyung Kyu Kim (Lockheed Martin) and Kyeol Yune (from left to right)

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Project Title: “Droplet Combustion of Nanofluid Fuels at Elevated Pressures and Temperatures”

The project team will perform multiple laboratory experiments of adding nanoparticles to liquid fuels to determine if better fuel performance could be achieved. The research will focus on three areas of nanoparticle-infused liquid fuel: the preparation of stable suspensions, the evaporation behavior of nanofuels at elevated pressures and temperatures; and the auto ignition and combustion characteristics of single droplet nanofuels. Performance will be measured in several areas, including energy density, easier and faster ignition, enhanced physical transfer and improved combustion efficiency. 

KAIST-winnerspic Dong Min Kim, Kyung Kyu Kim (Lockheed Martin), Seung Wook Baek, Karen Duneman (Lockheed Martin), Jisu Yoon and Padraig Moloney (Lockheed Martin) (from left to right)

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