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Cozzo, Joseph

Joseph Cozzo
Major: 
Aerospace Engineering

What is the RISE area of interest during your first year and why?: 

Research – I am already engaged in research in Dr. Flatau’s magnetostrictive materials research group and intended to continue that work for the aerospace honors thesis this semester. I see the RISE program as a good way to expand that effort and to learn more from it. I hope that access to the RISE program’s resources and mentors will enable me to be more effective in my research.

What is the RISE area of interest during your second year and why?: 

Instruction – I enjoy being able to teach and help others to reach greater understanding. By senior year, I would feel confident enough to aid other aerospace engineering students with the more difficult upper classes, for which there is little instructional aid. This would combine well with my involvement in Sigma Gamma Tau, the aerospace honors society that emphasizes service through instruction.

What are your involvements and or extracurricular activities?: 

Currently, I am the Secretary-Treasurer of the Experimental Flying Club, an organization on campus of students interested in designing, building, and using flying vehicles (mainly hang gliders). Also, I am the webmaster for the Terrapin Astronomical Society (Astroterps). I am also involved in Sigma Gamma Tau, the aerospace honors society, mainly spending time helping tutor other aerospace students.

What is your cool engineering experience?: 

The Experimental Flying Club has given me a lot of real, hands-on experience in the design and construction of hang gliders, something that I have found fascinating. One of our biggest projects was taking an old biplane design - based on the Wright Gliders - and adapting it. This involved reworking the wing, making sure it was strong and powerful, as well as figuring out safer and stronger fastening methods, since the wood glue in the design was untrustworthy.