National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Glenn Research Center

Cameron B. Hinderer

Villanova University

  • Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  • Concentration in Solids Mechanics/Materials, Expected May 2012

Delaware State University

Bachelors of Science in Physics with minor in Mathematics (May 2010)

NASA Academy Research Project:

Alternative Fuels/Subsonic Fixed Wing & Environmentally Responsible Aviation

Principal Investigator:

Jennifer Suder Klettlinger
Research Chemical Engineer

Hometown: Wyoming, DE


Academic and Work Experience

  • Research Projects
    • Polarization-Sensitive Optical Coherent Tomography (PS-OCT) (2009)
    • Developing a NI LabView based program to control and collect data from a free-space polarization-sensitive optical coherent tomography system.
    • Photothermal Lensing Spectroscopy/Characterizing Highly Scattering Samples (2008)
      Developing an experimental setup using laser light source pumping an OPO and white light source with mono-chromator to obtain photothermal lensing and scattering spectra of a sample.
  • ILC Dover, Materials Test Lab Technician (2010)
  • Villanova University Formula SAE Team
    • Electrical and Braking Systems Designer (2010-2011)
      Designing and wiring full standalone ECU with wireless telemetry, adjustable traction and launch control.
  • Teaching Experience
    • Delaware State University, Physics/Mathematics Tutor (2008-2010)
    • Delaware State University, General Physics Instructional Assistant (2007-2008)
    • Intensive Summer Science Program, Physics Teaching Assistant/Tutor (2008-2009)
    • Intensive Summer Science Program, Mathematics Teaching Assistant/Tutor (2007)

Memberships and Activities

  • Delaware Academy of Science (DAS)
  • Alpha Chi Honor Society
  • Villanova University Formula SAE Team Member

Honors and Awards

  • National Minority STEM Fellowship Program (NMSFP) Fellow
  • Presidential Academic Award – Highest GPA in graduating class
  • Delaware Scholarship Incentive Program Scholarship, Spring 2009, Fall 2008
  • CREOSA Undergraduate Research Internship, Summer 2009, Summer 2008
  • HBCU-UP Instructional Assistant, Spring 2008, Fall 2007
  • Delaware Academy of Science Award for Outstanding Junior, College of Mathematics, Natural Science and Technology, Delaware State University, May 2008

Skills and Certifications

  • Computer Program Experience
    • AutoCAD, SolidWorks, National Instruments LabView, Matlab, Mathematica, Abaqus, Fortran
  • Technical Skills
    • Optics – Research experience with optical equipment and optical system design
    • Mechanical – Extensive hands-on background, design experience with vehicle braking and suspension systems.
    • Electronic Control and Data Acquisition System design

Hobbies and Interests

  • Anything automotive
  • Fishing and target shooting
  • Hiking, camping, and mountain biking
  • Football, softball, and volleyball

Personal Statement

Growing up in a farm-like setting, I was introduced at an early age to many different varieties of motorized vehicles, both recreational and work related. This provided me with a very strong mechanical background and also fueled my fascination with the many different mechanical and electrical systems employed on these vehicles. My interests grew to include almost any forms of transportation rather it is on land, water, or in the air.

Professional and Educational Objective

Having already had the opportunity to work on the design of a vehicle in the Formula SAE collegiate design series, I now want to use this experience working in the field of aerospace to help me with my decision on my future academic plans. While I am not yet sure rather I will enter industry or academia as a career, I do intend to pursue my Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and I feel this research experience will help me decide on my final academic track in the very near future.