Congratulations, Venkata Ramana Makkapati, winner of ScienceMatters Quiz 4!

Venkata Ramana Makkapati has won quiz 4 of ScienceMatters Season 3. Venkata is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the School of Aerospace Engineering. He hails from Vijayawada, India.

"I apply optimal control, reinforcement leaning, and differential games to address problems pertaining to autonomous vehicles," Venkata says about his research. In his work  with aerospace engineering professor Panagiotis Tsiotras, Venkata's focus is safe path planning and airspace security. 

"As an aerospace engineer interested in research, I chose Georgia Tech for its fundamental research in control systems and its amazing facilities," Venkata says about coming to Atlanta. "I also like the weather here in Atlanta, which is similar to that of my hometown in India."

Venkata learned about the ScienceMatters podcast from his friend Vinodhini Comandur, winner of quiz 2. "Since then I have been following the podcasts and answering quiz questions."

Venkata considers the ScienceMatters podcasts "a much-needed learning experience for me." He says he enjoys listening during breaks from his research.

The quiz question for episode 4 was: What mathematical concept does Rafael de la Llave explain with the help of 15 ball bearings? 

The correct answer is Arnold diffusion. 

Join the Quiz for Episode 5

Episode 5 features Sally Ng, one of the top experts in the world on aerosol science, the study of tiny particles in our atmosphere and what they mean for our climate, and our health..

Here’s the quiz question for episode 5:

How many ultraviolet (UV) lights are in the special indoor environmental chamber that Sally Ng designed?

Submit your answers by the deadline, 5 p.m. Monday, October 21.

Stylish t-shirts, must-have beaker mugs, and textured  posters perfect for dorm rooms are among the prizes offered to those who are picked at random from all submitting correct answers. Look for the challenge during each week’s new episode, dropping on Tuesdays from Sept. 17 to Nov. 19.

Season 3

ScienceMatters - Season 3, Episode 5 - Clearing the Air About Aerosol Science

Broadcast Date: October 15, 2019

Sally Ng is one of the top experts in the world on aerosol science, the study of tiny particles in our atmosphere and what they mean for our climate, and our health. Ng, an associate professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, describes her work testing air quality in the field, and in a special indoor lab that she designed.    

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ScienceMatters: S03-E04: Using Math to Tour the Solar System

Broadcast Date: October 8, 2019

How can NASA stretch their fuel dollar for future missions to Jupiter and Saturn, and their potentially habitable moons? By using mathematical concepts that have been around for centuries. School of Mathematics Professor Rafael de la Llave is crunching the numbers for the space agency as it looks to save money during its next phase of exploration. 

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ScienceMatters - Season 3, Episode 3: The Search for Life at Earth’s Extremes

Broadcast Date: September 30, 2019

The search for life elsewhere in the Solar System can start at the most inhospitable regions of Earth, like Iceland’s volcanic landscape, or frigid Antarctic waters. Amanda Stockton, assistant professor with the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, talks about her astrobiology work for NASA.  

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ScienceMatters - Season 3, Episode 2: The Search for Earth 2.0

Broadcast Date: September 23, 2019

How long has oxygen been in our planet’s atmosphere, and what could the answer mean for life on other planets? School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Professor Chris Reinhard researches the early Earth, and potential Earths outside our solar system.

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ScienceMatters - Season 3, Episode 1: All About Control

Broadcast Date: September 17, 2019

What can Alfred Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest” teach us about paying attention? Are daydreamers really more intelligent and creative? Eric Schumacher, professor in the School of Psychology, talks about his research into the brain process known as cognitive control, and what it could mean for the future of communications, work, and education.  



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