I didn't set out to be an engineer, but I kind of fell into it. I graduated from high school in 2003 from a technology magnet program where I built an electric car. I had initially enrolled in a hospitality branch of the program where I would learn to cook, bake, and how to manage a hotel. I switched to engineering because it sounded like fun as well. There, I learned to weld, how to lay up fiberglass, and various other technical skills.
After my first year I was hooked and I ended up attending the University of Maryland, College Park for my undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering. While at UMCP, I struggled a lot with the course work because it didn't make sense to me. It wasn't until I worked in a research lab and had to apply my knowledge that it started to make sense to me.
From UMCP I went to General Electric Aviation where I worked on jet engine parts. I got to see a whole different world of engineering, including what to do when things are breaking in the field, how to mass produce a part, and what to think about when designing new parts. I spent three years working at GE before I decided to go back to school for my master's degree and PhD.
I finished my master's degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder and am now working on my PhD. I have a NASA Aeronautics Fellowship which enables me to spend two summers at a NASA center to do research and work on my thesis. I chose to go to NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland OH where I started work on data analysis for various hypersonic vehicle (that means airplanes that go 5 times the speed of sound or more) inlets (that's the ducting that brings the air from outside to the engine).
BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park (2003)
MSc in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado, Boulder (2012)
PhD in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado, Boulder (exp 2015)
- I am willing to be contacted by educators for possible speaking engagements in schools or in after school programs or summer camps.
- I am willing to serve as science fair judge or other temporary volunteer at a local school.
- I am willing to be interviewed by interested students via email.