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Featured Scholar: Mujahid Abdulrahim

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2001 - 2002 University Scholar
Mentor: Peter Ifju
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Senior Mujahid Abdulrahim finds inspiration in everything around him. His involvement
with aerospace engineering at UF was influenced by the game of golf. "I started playing
golf because of the science involved with it," he says. "Selecting the different clubs and
strategies trying to get this little ball into this little hole far away-just the physics of it
are amazing."

Mujahid used the golf ball principle of spin to fix a problem on a model airplane for his
12th-grade science project. The science of the way things work or don't work has
influenced Mujahid to work to improve aviation models through his work in aerospace
engineering. "I like to tie everything together," he says. "Once you lock yourself into a
particular philosophy, I think you have reached your limits of your intellect, but if you
have opened your mind to new ideas without looking at their source, I think that is where
you can consider yourself a good researcher."

Through his work with mentor Peter Ifju, Mujahid has been able to work outside the
conventional research in his field and has had the opportunity to increase his knowledge
through an internship with NASA. "The purpose of my research is not to create spy plans,
but to better understand small slow airplanes at low flying ranges." Mujahid is developing
and testing flexible wing Micro Air Vehicles on different model scales. "A video camera on
an airplane is really an amazing thing because it not only allows you to spy on the enemy
but also to look at traffic flow," he says. "Also, we use it to look at animals, to fly over
dangerous areas and look at nuclear power plants and determine the composition of the
air."

This is Mujahid's second year interning at the NASA Langley Research Center. "Aviation is
less of a science and more of an art to me," he says. "I can look at an airplane and see
beauty and design and it's hard not to get excited watching an airplane fly overhead."
Mujahid is currently working on getting his private pilot's license. "To be able to fly an
airplane on your own is the most magical experience you can imagine," he says. "Flying
alone is literally just you, and it's not like you can just pull over when you get scared."

Mujahid will graduate in May 2003 and plans to attend graduate school for aerospace
engineering. He wants to design high performance airplanes that can better serve the
community. "The USP makes what I am doing a lot more official. It is a great stepping
stone to what I want to be, a great researcher."

-Melissa A. Douso

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Featured Scholar: Mujahid Abdulrahim Senior Mujahid Abdulrahim finds inspiration in everything around him. His involvement with aerospace engineering at UF was influenced by the game of golf. "I started playing golf because of the science involved with it," he says. "Selecting the different clubs and strategies trying to get this little ball into this little hole far awayjust the physics of it are amazing." Mujahid used the golf ball principle of spin to fix a problem on a model airplane for his 12th-grade science project. The science of the way things work or don't work has influenced Mujahid to work to improve aviation models through his work in aerospace engineering. "I like to tie everything together," he says. "Once you lock yourself into a particular philosophy, I think you have reached your limits of your intellect, but if you have opened your mind to new ideas without looking at their source, I think that is where you can consider yourself a good researcher." Through his work with mentor Peter Ifju, Mujahid has been able to work outside the conventional research in his field and has had the opportunity to increase his knowledge through an internship with NASA. "The purpose of my research is not to create spy plans, but to better understand small slow airplanes at low flying ranges." Mujahid is developing and testing flexible wing Micro Air Vehicles on different model scales. "A video camera on an airplane is really an amazing thing because it not only allows you to spy on the enemy but also to look at traffic flow," he says. "Also, we use it to look at animals, to fly over dangerous areas and look at nuclear power plants and determine the composition of the air." This is Mujahid's second year interning at the NASA Langley Research Center. "Aviation is less of a science and more of an art to me," he says. "I can look at an airplane and see beauty and design and it's hard not to get excited watching an airplane fly overhead." Mujahid is currently working on getting his private pilot's license. "To be able to fly an airplane on your own is the most magical experience you can imagine," he says. "Flying alone is literally just you, and it's not like you can just pull over when you get scared." Mujahid will graduate in May 2003 and plans to attend graduate school for aerospace engineering. He wants to design high performance airplanes that can better serve the community. "The USP makes what I am doing a lot more official. It is a great stepping stone to what I want to be, a great researcher." Back to the Journal of Undergraduate Research Volume 6, Issue 9 July 2002 Contents Submissions Archives Scholar Profiles Future Contributions Contact & Staff University Scholars Program Undergraduate Research Resources Search: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | University Scholars Program | University of Florida | University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611; (352) 846-2032. 2001 2002 University Scholar Mentor: Peter Ifju College of Engineering -Melissa A. Douso --top--


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