National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Glenn Research Center

Scott Ashcraft

Scott AshcroftUniversity 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

Principal Investigator

Mr. Dennis L. Huff
Deputy Chief, Aeropropulsion Division

Hometown: Lexington, KY

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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
  • Carpentry
  • Cycling and triathlons
  • Flying

Personal Statement

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.