University of Kentucky
- Mechanical Engineering/Aerospace Certificate Bachelor of Science May 2013
NASA Academy Research Project
N+3 Studies for Future Aircraft (Green Aviation) / Subsonic Fixed Wing
Mr. Dennis L. Huff
Deputy Chief, Aeropropulsion Division
Hometown: Lexington, KY
Academic and Work Experience
- NASA Langley Research Center, Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP) Intern, September 2010-December 2010. Performed data analysis of flow visualization imagery of the Mars Science Lab (MSL) entry capsule reaction control system (RCS) jets, developing an understanding of off-body flow interactions.
- Lexmark, M.E. Intern, May 2010-August 2010. Assist in scanner design and prototype testing, in addition to completing individual design projects.
- University of Kentucky Prototyping Lab, Lab Technician,August 2008. Operated Vacuum Casting machine and prepared parts.
- Toyota LEAN Manufacturing Academy, March- April 2007. Learned foundation of the lean system and completed final project implementing lean principles.
- Scott Ashcraft Building, owner and operator, 2000-2006. Designed and built seasonal crafts, marketed and sold product, managed finances.
- Research Papers: Mars Science Laboratory capsule reaction control system jets (Publication Pending)
- Research Projects: Hypersonic Flow Visualization and Quantitative Measurement of Mars Science Lab Reaction Control System Jets using Planar Laser-Induced Florescence (LaRC 2010)
Memberships and Activities
- UK Solar Car Team (Mechanical Systems team member and Driver). May 2008- 2010
- Student Government Association (College of Engineering Senator). 2010-Present
- American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Vice President). 2009-Present
- UK Cycling Team (Member). 2009-2010
- K Team Leader (Group Leader). 2009
- Best Buddies (Student Buddy). 2009-2010
- Phi Delta Theta. 2009-Present
Honors and Awards
- University of Kentucky Dean’s List
- Joseph P. Kennedy Student Development Council Scholarship
- University of Kentucky Presidential Scholarship (full-tuition award)
- Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts of America
- Scott County High School Valedictorian, Class Rank: 1 of 421
Skills and Certifications
- Design Software (Pro-Engineer, NX, Autodesk Inventor 11, Autodesk 3ds Max)
- Basic Prototyping/Construction (Operate vacuum Casting machine, knowledge of carpentry)
- Basic Programming (MATLAB, LabView)
- MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel
Hobbies and Interests
- Playing sports
- Backpacking and Camping
- Cycling and triathlons
From an early age, I was always interested in carpentry. When I was ten, I saw an opportunity to make money from my hobby, starting my own business designing, building, and selling seasonal decorations. In high school, I became involved in Engineering, hoping to combine my interest in carpentry and design with a career path through the Project Lead the Way engineering curriculum.
The summer following graduation of high school, I became involved with the University of Kentucky Solar Car Team, where I was a driver of the car in a National Solar Car competition racing from Dallas, Texas to Calgary, Canada. Following my summer experience on the Solar Car Team, I enrolled at the University of Kentucky in Mechanical Engineering. My freshman year, I continued involvement in solar car, as well as participating in other organizations such as AIAA and Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Last fall, I participated in an internship at Langley Research Center, where I was responsible for all the data processing for a wind tunnel test of the Mars Science Lab. Currently, I am a senior at the University of Kentucky and serve as Engineering Senator to student government and Vice President of AIAA. I am also working toward obtaining my private pilot’s license, as well as a certificate in Aerospace engineering. All of these experiences have led me to pursue a career in aeronautics.
In the future, I hope to attend an Ivy League engineering college to pursue a master’s or doctorate in Aerospace engineering. I would like to work in Aerospace design or in the research of Personal Air Vehicles or hypersonic aircraft.
Professional and Educational Objective
While in college, I hope to win the Astronaut Scholarship through the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation and the NASA Aeronautics Scholarship. I hope to graduate college Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a certificate in Aeronautical Engineering. After graduation, I would like to attend an Ivy League university for Aerospace Engineering. After obtaining my master’s or doctorate, I hope to get aerospace job at NASA. I am interested in working with hypersonic or personal aircraft design. I hope to advance to a role as a leadership figure, as well as creating my own company flipping houses, embracing my hobby of carpentry.