University of Virginia
- Ph.D. Mathematics, May 2014
- M.S. Engineering in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, May 2012
- M.S. Mathematics, May 2009
University of Chicago
- B.S. Mathematics (Honors), May 2007
NASA Academy Research Project
Fuel Droplet Vaporization Rate Measurement Technique (Subsonic Fixed Wing, Supersonic, and ERA Project)
Dr. Sarah Tedder and Mr. Dennis Huff
Hometown: Roanoke, VA
2008 – Present: Calculus Instructor at the University of Virginia
- Matrix analysis research (William and Mary REU), June 2005 to August 2005, William and Mary University, Williamsburg, VA
- Biomedical Research Assistant, June 2006 to September 2006, Carillion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Roanoke, VA.
- Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory NASA Intern, June 2011 to August 2011, Laurel, MD.
- Worked on spacecraft navigation, guidance, and control design for JHUAPL’s Precision Tracking Space System (PTSS).
- Focused on the theoretical and computational development and analysis of a general real-time algorithm for reaction wheel, thruster, control moment gyroscope (etc.) attitude control as motivated for the specific application to the PTSS mission (computational approach based on a Radau pseudospectral optimal control method).
- Participated in the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory Concurrent Engineering (ACE) Program, a week-long intensive spacecraft engineering program culminating in the first draft of a spacecraft mission design. Represented the guidance, navigation, and attitude control subsystem design.
Current Research Interests
- Fluid mechanics and related fields, the Navier-Stokes equations, computational fluid dynamics, and aerospace applications
- Theoretical and numerical partial differential equations and control theory
- Topic of current research: Theoretical Development and Numerical Analysis of Stabilizing Feedback Control on a 3-D Navier-Stokes Channel Flow By a Wall-Normal Boundary Controller
Proficient in the following:
- Computer Programming Languages:
- Java, Scheme, Fortran, C++
- Computational Software:
- MATLAB, Mathematica, Excel and Visual Basic with Applications, Maple
- GPOPS (General Pseuedospectral Optimal Control Software)
- ANSYS finite element software
I am really into playing cards and other games as well as athletic/outdoorsy stuff. I really enjoy running and rock climbing, and am the captain of the climbing team at my university. I also enjoy skiing, travel and exploring new cities, movies, playing piano and listening to music, reading, and spending time with my friends. I also enjoy math, the aerospace world, and engineering (obviously).
Professional and Summer Goals
After this summer’s internship program, I am continuing my studies at the University of Virginia in progressing towards completing my PhD in mathematics (estimated for May 2014). After earning a PhD, I plan to pursue a career with NASA in fluid-related aerospace research and development. I really enjoy computational fluid dynamics and related numerical analysis, so hopefully I’ll be doing more of that in my future. My goals with the NASA Glenn Aeronautics Academy program this summer is to get more experience in applied aeronautics research, more experience with experimental combustion techniques, to make substantial progress in my group’s vaporization rate measurement research, and to take full advantage of learning everything I can from the leadership training and access to talks with leaders in the industry.