D.O.O.R. Summer Internships

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Diversity Outreach Opportunities Research (D.O.O.R.) is a summer research program established in 1997 to provide science and engineering students an opportunity to conduct research with faculty and scientists at the Applied Research Laboratory/Penn State collaborative. Recruitment efforts are targeted at attracting students from HBCUs/MIs, who may have an interest in attending graduate school at Penn State. Eligibility forms will be accepted from January 31st until all available positions are filled. 

This outreach program is available to 3rd - 5th year undergraduates and graduate students in the physics, engineering, and materials science disciplines.  The 10-12 week research-focused internship program is open to achieving students from Penn State, and from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Minority Serving Institutions with whom ARL has a research partnership. Participants receive a stipend for 40-hour work weeks.  Additional allowances may apply.


Past ARL OPEN D.O.O.R Research Topics


  • Data Engineering with ADSB and Hadoop
  • Surrogate Track Validation
  • Machine Learning Implementation
  • Surface Finishes for Additively Manufactured Metal Parts
  • CORDA Track Simulator
  • Security Operations Research
  • High Pressure Plasma
  • Environmental Simulation and Sensor Design
  • EFM32 Tiny Gecko Proof of Concept Prototype
  • SAP S/4 HANA
  • Effect of Laser Power in DED of AM Titanium Alloy Ti-6Al-4V
  • Measurement of Aluminum Oxide Particle Size Distributions
  • Visualization of Microstructural Evolution during Additive Manufacturing
  • Bioelectrical Study on Frost Protection
  • Maturation of Advanced Manufacturing for Low-Cost Sustainment (MAMLS) Phase II
  • Test Set Generator for Multipath Tracker


  • “Free Space Measurement”
  • “A Zoonotic Disaster”
  • “ADFP: Designing, Modeling, and Fabrication”
  • “Timelines in the Making”
  • “Parabolic Dish Free Space Material Characterization”


  • "Automated Framework Testing"
  • "Program Everywhere"
  • "3D Visualization Software"
  • "Cost Effective Resolutions to Configuration Management and the Use of Supply Management Tools"
  • "Safety at ARL"


  • "Creating a Federated Database through a RESTful API"
  • "Eye Detection using the MRCCorf Model"
  • "Wake Generator"


  • "Laser Interaction with a Porous Powder Bed"


  • "Conductivity Temperature Depth Underwater Sound Speed Sensor Evaluation"
  • "Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Analysis of Well Bore Seepage"
  • "Robot Operating System (ROS): Integrating with an iRobot 510 Packbot"
  • "Developing a ROS Abstraction for CONTINUUM"


  • "Reconstruction of Respiration and Olfaction in Mammals"
  • "Creating a Nikon and Stereoscopic 3D Interface for CONTINUUM"
  • "Meshing Strategies for Launch Configurations"


  • "Coupled Flow-Structure-Biochemistry Simulations of Dynamics Systems of Blood Cells Using an Adaptive Surface Tracking"
  • 2010    “Defining Beam-Powder Interaction for Laser Cladding”
  • “Localization of Subcooled Boiling Models”
  • “Evaluation of Laser Beam Homogenizing Techniques”


  • "The Effect of Matrix Toughness on Composite Fracture Behavior"
  • “Grid Generation and Aerodynamics Modeling of Bat Flight”


  • "Synchronizing and Integrating Video and Test Data"
  • "Network Simulator & Emulation"


  • "Creating a Service Oriented Architecture between Sensor Platforms"
  • "High Speed Videography of Laser Cladding Experimental Plan: Internal Laser Cladding"
  • "Sonar Detection for Unmanned Underwater Vehicles"
  • "Development of A Flow Loop to Characterize Hemolysis by Cardiac Devices"


  • “Software Development for Geographic Information Systems Using the TerraPage API and Data Lion”
  • “Design and Implementation of Computational System Tools and Unix/Windows Data Integration”
  • “Collarless Construction Effort”


  • "Sea Basing"
  • "LASCOR Cost Model Analysis"
  • "A Moderate Survey of Beamforming in Array Signal Processing"
  • "Intelligent Self-Situational Awareness for Exploration Systems"
  • "Recharging Unmanned Undersea Vehicles Using Laser Light"
  • "Rocks Implementation on a 4-Node Linux Cluster"


  • “Virtual Confined Space Experiment”


  • “An Efficient Computational Model for Reacting Flows of Aluminum and Magnesium with Steam” 
  • “Embedded Devices and the Impact They Posses” 
  • “Advanced System Monitoring and Database Personalization” 
  • “An Interface for Specifying Rigid-Body Six Degree of Freedom Motions for N-Body Hydrodynamics” 
  • “Measuring User-Based Presence in Automated Virtual Environments”


  • “Methods for Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) System Design” 
  • “Combustion of Aluminum & Aluminum Alloys with Steam” 
  • “Enhanced Maintenance through Wearable/Wireless Computing” 
  • “Investigating the Concepts of the Perl DBI and SQL for Managing a Database System”
  • “Laser Drilling and Micro-Deposition of Via Holes for Remanufacturing of Printed Wiring Boards (PWB)”


  • “Wireless Communications Handheld Equipment Programming” 
  • “Health Monitoring Algorithms for Bearing Lubrication Systems in Nuclear Power Plants”
  • “Visualization of Earth Science Data in an Immersive Environment” 
  • “Model-based Predictive Diagnostics for Primary and Secondary Batteries” 
  • “FSCS: The Radio Frequency Communication Tool of the Future”


  • “Investigation of the Potential of Digital Dictation” 
  • “Image Acquisition and Knowledge Representation for the MDTB”
  • “Computer Systems and Networking” 
  • “Laser Cladding Test Simulations with Comparisons to Real Laser Cladding Prototypes”
  • “Investigation of the Behavior of Nanosized Copper” 
  • “Virtual Network Computing (VNC)”


  • “Development of a Particle Analysis System for the Rapid Free Form Fabrication Process” 
  • “Enhanced Information Technology Transfer Utilizing Wireless Hand-held Electronic Devices” 
  • “Image Acquisition for the MDTB” 
  • “Model-based Predictive Diagnostics for Primary and Secondary Batteries”

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U.S. Citizenship is required for employment at ARL