National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Glenn Research Center

Ryan Klock

Ryan KlockUniversity of Michigan

  • B.S.E. of Aerospace, April 2012

NASA Academy Research Project:

Integrated Inter-Modal Passenger Transportation System

Principal Investigator:

Mr. Robert Plencner
Chief of MDAO Branch

Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI


Academic Work and Experience

  • Flight Management System Lead Programmer,Oct 2009
    • Designed and coded a flight management system to consider initial and final headings and locations and output throttle, aileron, elevator, and rudder values to safely and efficiently complete a flight
    • Implemented consideration of thrust loss at half hour increments and output values to land airplane safely at most convenient airport within glide range
  • NASA ROV Design Competition Structural Designer,Mar-Apr 2009
    • Submitted a formal report for an experimental underwater ROV to be used for sub-surface exploration of Europa
    • Designed and fabricated a working scale model of the proposed ROV and demonstrated its performance in competition
    • Received first place at competition
  • Grand Rapids Press Systems Intern, Dec-Jun 2009 and Dec-Apr 2008
    • Completed rewiring of all computer work stations for safety ahead of schedule and under budget
    • Setup office space ahead of schedule and under budget

Memberships and Activities

  • Human Powered Submarine
    • Designed and implemented rudder control system
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
  • Solar Bubbles UAV
    • Reconstructed and flight tested solar powered UAV
    • Developed CFD models for solar powered UAV flight analysis

Honors and Awards

  • NASA ROV Competition, First Place (Apr 2009)
  • William J. Branstrom Freshman Prize (Mar 2009)

Skills and Certifications

  • Computer Platforms: Windows XP/Vista/7, Mac OSX, Linux
  • Computer Languages: C++, Matlab, LabView, Maple, Visual Basic, Python
  • Computer Applications: Microsoft Office, FrontPage, Groove, STK, Webots, Autodesk CAD, Revit, Inventor, Anim8or, Rhinoceros
  • Fabrication Tools: Mill, Lathe, Horizontal and vertical band saws, Basic CNC milling and lathe, Basic shop hand tools
  • Experience with carbon fiber, Kevlar, and fiber glass composites

Hobbies and Interests

  • Recreational windsurfing
  • Three dimensional computer modeling and animation
  • Remote controlled model aircraft
  • Reading science fiction novels

Personal Statement

When young and ignorant of the world, every child is posed, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” While some of my classmates answered with racecar drivers, firemen, police officers, and even pilots; my answer was always rocket scientist. Perhaps it is that I’ve never matured past that point, but I can still say with absolute confidence that a rocket scientist is what I hope to be. And although I have since been given a new name for the profession, the ultimate goal of becoming an aerospace engineer has influenced my every decision.

Since attending college, I have sought out the best places and people from whom to learn the various aspects of aerospace engineering. Whether that be through course selection each semester or participation in student engineering teams. During my freshman year at the University of Michigan, I first joined up with the Human Powered Submarine team. Although my engineering knowledge base was lacking at the time, I was able to propose the initial design of the rudder control system now used by the Submarine team to this day. Later on, and after spending time with various other organizations such as the Human Powered Helicopter Team, Michigan Student Artificial Intelligence Lab, and Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society; I finally found myself with the Michigan Solar Bubbles UAV team, with which I am currently a member.

Since joining Solar Bubbles UAV team, I have begun to gain an understanding of the bridge between engineering theory and implementation through the design and fabrication of two solar powered autonomous aircraft, Solar Ventus II and Solar Sight. In fact, a recent trip to the Camp Grayling National Guard base for flight testing has yielded some of the most useful and extensive data from any flight performed by the team.

Now I look forward to the future and all the opportunities it offers; starting with the NASA Glenn Academy internship and ending far beyond anything I can fathom. And although recent developments with the NASA Shuttle Program have cast a shadow over the aerospace profession, new and exciting platforms for space flight are being developed everywhere. I cannot wait to add my experience and knowledge to the field and see just how much of an impact I can achieve.

Professional and Educational Objective

After graduation from the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering, I hope to find a position within the aerospace profession that allows me to demonstrate my desire to achieve success and permits me the opportunity to continue my graduate education. Further out into the future, I hope to design, build, and test a personal aircraft following completion of a personal pilot’s license.