NASA-funded CAM-STAR supports student research and professional development with placing an emphasis on students from Underrepresented and Minority groups(URMs). To achieve this goal, CAM-STAR offers Research Assistantship for undergraduate and graduate students to support their projects in the areas associated with Advanced Manufacturing and Space Technology research. CAM-STAR provides student researchers with research stipend, research facilities, and faculty mentorship to facilitate their professional development.

CAM-STAR also provides the research assistants with funds to present their research results at national and international conferences.

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Dr. Jiajun Xu, PI, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Mohammadmehdi Kabirnajafi, Ph.D.,
Postdoctoral Researcher at CAM-STAR


CAM-STAR facilitates the NASA summer internship fellowship applications at UDC and partner institutes and provides financial support to students to work on collaborative internships at NASA centers across the nation.

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Through NASA-funded Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CAM-STAR) here at UDC, we also offer a few CAM-STAR sponsored NASA internships exclusively to qualified UDC students from ALL majors. If you are interested, email us or fill out the form below and we will reach out to you.

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Ms. Sonalkumari Pavagadhi

Grant Coordinator, CAM-STAR



Meet Our CAM-STAR NASA Interns


Brandon Botchway
Brandon Botchway Giancarlo D’Orazio Chance Eden
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Voss Harrigan Kyle Kelley Jaime Rios
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NASA Extends Internship for a CAM-STAR Scholar

CAM-STAR Scholar and UDC undergraduate student Darold Kelly Jr. currently working as NASA intern at Marshall Space Flight Center is featured on the NASA website in the MSFC Star. His internship has been extended for Fall-2020 followed by his Summer-2020 internship.

The project automates a very time-consuming and tedious, but necessary part of the job of Stowage Note processing procedure. It is projected to save several hundred man-hours per year for the duration of the ISS (8-10+) years. That accumulates to a savings total of approximately $40,000 per year or 2-3 WYE (Work Year Equivalent) across the length of the program.


Fall 2020 NASA Online Internship Opportunity – Mars Exploration Program Office

CAM-STAR Scholar and UDC undergraduate student Jesus Badal received the Fall 2020 NASA Online Internship Opportunity. The details of the position are to research and write policy pieces on various aspects of future Mars exploration. He will have the opportunity to integrate collaborations with subject matter experts from across NASA, industry, and academia. He will help respond to the changing expectations of the ever dynamic world of Martian exploration. He will also develop outreach materials and arrange online, virtual school visits and talks. NASA wants its interns to learn as much as possible, as they not only contribute to NASA’s work, but also help NASA develop the next steps in its journey to Mars.


CAM-STAR Scholar and UDC Undergraduate Student Darold Kelly Jr. Go Viral

CAM-STAR Scholar Darold Kelly Jr. currently working as NASA intern at Marshall Space Flight Center is featured on the NASA website in the MSFC Star. He has been offered an extension of his internship for another 4 weeks. As a former president of National Society of Black Engineers UDC Chapter, he also initiated a Black Cybersecurity Association and hosted “Kids Can Code Bootcamp”.

Darold Kelly Jr. Intern

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NASA-funded CAM-STAR ENGINEERING AMBASSADOR PROGRAM at UDC is a great opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to represent CAM-STAR outreach programs. Student Ambassadors serve to develop and conduct the STEM related outreach activities for high school and community colleges, and evaluate the effectiveness of the outreach activities on students’ interest in STEM.

Upon successfully completion of the deliverables for the tasks assigned, the students are being awarded with the stipend.

Talented and dedicated students enrolled in STEM majors at UDC are encouraged to apply for this position. Click here to apply.



CAM-STAR aims to increase the awareness and broaden participations in space technology and applied research. To meet this objective, CAM-STAR encourages the UDC students to participate in NASA competition such as NASA Human Rover Challenge and NASA-RASCAL competition. CAM-STAR offers hands-on experiences to nurture participants for Advanced Manufacturing workforce and competitive integrated activities.

NASA Human Rover Competition

Each year, the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge features an engineering design challenge to engage students worldwide in the next phase of human space exploration. The annual event is a more complex follow-up to the successful NASA’s Great Moonbuggy Race. The competition challenges high school and college students to create a vehicle designed to traverse the simulated surface of another world.

NASA’s Great Moonbuggy Race engaged more than 10,000 students and demonstrated that these budding scientists and engineers were capable of complex work. The NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge continues that tradition by providing an authentic engineering experience. Student teams design, build and test technologies that enable rovers to perform in a variety of environments. The Rover Challenge inspires participants to become the engineers to design NASA’s next-generation space systems. This challenge brings the competitors from top U.S. institutions and teams from various continents.

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2020 NASA RASC-AL Competition

The NASA’s 2020 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts – Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) competition, is an annual university-level engineering design challenge that allows students to work on real challenges and provide innovative solutions that can be used to advance human exploration of space. Competition themes range from designing systems and architectures for exploring the Moon and Mars to envisioning how astronauts will best take advantage of existing and future assets as explorers venture far from our home planet.

For the 2020 RASC-AL competition, undergraduate and graduate teams developed new concepts that leveraged innovations for NASA’s Artemis program. NASA will send the first woman and next man to the Moon, enable sustainable lunar operations, and provide the foundation for humanity’s next giant leap, sending astronauts to Mars. This year’s competition moved beyond science and engineering to economics, with a theme dedicated to the analysis of future business opportunities that take advantage of space –extending to just beyond the Moon’s orbit–to improve the human condition.

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CAM-STAR provides the state-of-the-art undergraduate education to nurture candidates for AM workforce and competitive graduate programs through integrated activities.

  1. The CAM-STAR supports 8 undergraduate students per year for the proposed research projects by taking advantage of various courses in advanced manufacturing including the newly-established “MECH 302 Research Experience and Technical Communication” course.
  2. CAM-STAR provides needed supplies and faculty mentors to facilitate undergraduate research in NASA-related projects.
  3. CAM-STAR enhances our existing participation in NASA Human Rover Challenge and NASA-RASCAL competition, and engages more students through additional competitions
  4. The hands-on exposure to Nanomanufacturing and Additive Manufacturing for undergraduate students in the field of Advanced Manufacturing.


  1. CAM-STAR supports 5 graduate students (per year) of both master and PhD levels working on the research projects mentored by faculty from UDC and collaboration institutions, NASA scientists and industry partners.
  2. The research projects are integrated into the existing courses in Mechanical and Civil Engineering, including Advanced Nanofabrication and Nanoscale Characterization, Multiscale Simulation and Modeling of Nanoscale Phenomena, and Advanced Geotechnical Engineering through project-based learning.