University of Michigan
Ann Harbor, MI
B.S.E. Aerospace Engineering, 2012
M.S.E. Aerospace Engineering, Anticipated Dec 2013
NASA Academy Research Project
Aircraft Icing, Grid Generation, and CFD Analysis: How good is good enough?
Dr. Mark Potapczuk and Dr. Andy Broeren
Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
I remember this quote from Kung Fu Panda, “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.” I can’t say that I truly live by this quote but I try. I believe that the most important moment is the present moment. If you can’t be happy now, you can’t be happy at all. Focus on the moment, take things one step at a time, and everything will work out. Of course I worry about the future, or reminisce about the past, but I try to bring myself back to the present moment. It’s food for thought for me and while I don’t always follow this, I’ll keep trying my best.
Education and Experience
I am currently a Masters student studying aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan. I finished my undergraduate studies at University of Michigan and decided to pursue a graduate degree. I can’t say I have a goal that I want to achieve at the moment but I hope that my time at NASA Glenn will give me a good insight as to what I want to do with my education and my knowledge.
I am currently working on the generation of computational fluid dynamic (CFD) grids for unconventional aircraft configurations. I am very interested in aero-structural optimization and aircraft design and so I’ve been working in the Multi-Disciplinary Optimization lab at Michigan. While CFD grid generation isn’t optimization in itself, it is very important to the optimization process of aircraft design. Over the past year, I’ve gained a lot of knowledge about the process of generating a CFD grid. I hope to use this knowledge, and with the knowledge of my fellow research partners, to produce valuable results for NASA and beyond.
Hobbies and Interests
Outside of school work and research, I am a cellist. In another life, I probably would have become a professional musician. I love playing music and I love to see the positive reactions I can give to people through music. I sometimes think of how different my life would be had I entered music as my field of study instead of engineering. I don’t practice often due to school work, research, and being lazy, but I try to play as much as I can. I’ve been playing in the Michigan Pops Orchestra which is a student run student directed orchestra for non-music majors at the University of Michigan. The Pops orchestra really has helped relieve stress that can develop over the semester and we play awesome music from a variety of different movies, broadways, pop artists, as well as classical orchestral music. I hope to continue playing the cello as long as I can, until my fingers can’t move.
My immediate future goal is to graduate, a second time, and then to find a job. Hopefully my job will be engaging, challenging, and interesting. After that, I’ll go wherever the wind will take me.