National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Glenn Research Center

Heath Reising

Heath ReisingUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, Illinois

  • B.S. Aerospace Engineering, May 2012

NASA Academy Research Project
Intelligent Aircraft Engines for Next Generation Air Transportation

Dr. Gary Hunter and Mr. John Lekki

Hometown: Edwardsville, IL


Academic Work Experience

Compressible Fluid Mechanics Lab

Illinois Scholars Undergraduate Research Program, Spring 2011

NASA Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, Summer 2011

  • Assembly and installation of coaxial thermocouples for heat transfer data collection
  • Collection of particle image velocimetry data for jet noise studies
  • Design & construction of test stand for pressure sensitive paint analysis of Mars crater model

Memberships and Activities

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (University Chapter)
    • Elected 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 Executive Board Tech Chair
      • Directed award-winning “Rocket Races” exhibit for Engineering Open House
      • Built a flight simulator with 4-monitor surround display
      • Leading construction of R/C airplane for AMA combat competition
  • Illinois Robotics in Space
    • Led initial design and construction of payload section for SEDS High-Powered Rocketry Competition
  • Psi Upsilon Fraternity
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
    • Volunteered 2 hours per week to tutor engineering underclassmen
  • University of Illinois Club Baseball

Honors and Awards

  • James Scholar Honors Program, 2008-present
  • Engineering Dean’s List, 2008-present

Personal Statement

I am a recent graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. During my last couple years at Illinois, I worked for Prof. Joanna Austin in her Compressible Fluids Lab on various independent projects in coordination with her graduate students. I also was heavily involved in our AIAA student chapter as the Technical Projects Chair. I spent much of my free time playing for the Illinois Club Baseball team and just recently returned from the National Club Baseball Association World Series where our team finished 2nd.

Professional and Educational Objective

Until the spring of my junior year, I was very unsure of what career path I wanted to pursue post-graduation. That semester I was offered a NASA Undergraduate Research Opportunity through my state’s Space Grant Consortium, which allowed me to work with Prof. Joanna Austin’s research group through the summer. This opportunity was invaluable in giving me the opportunity to experience what it was like in the daily life of a graduate research assistant. After those short 10 weeks, I knew that I would want to continue with similar work after receiving my undergraduate degree.

Next fall I will be attending the University of Texas at Austin to work for Professor Noel Clemens as a graduate research assistant. My research work will focus mainly on turbulent combustion studies in application to flame flashback in high-hydrogen flows. Upon receiving my graduate degree (either MS or PhD), I plan to seek employment where I can continue to perform research work.