National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Glenn Research Center

Raul Rios

Raul Rios

Raul Rios

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA
B.S. Aerospace Engineering, 2014

NASA Academy Research Project
All Electric Regional Transport Aircraft with Advanced Electric Motors, Power Management and Distribution, and Energy Storage

Mentors:
James Felder, Dr. Gerald Brown, Timothy Dever, and Jeff Berton

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Email: raulrios@mit.edu

Philosophy

My view on life is that the more we give of ourselves, the happier we will be. Whether it be in the effort we put into our work, or the time we spend with loved ones, we can make the most of it by giving it our all. Our life is our own and only we have the power to enjoy each day.

“The clock is running. Make the most of today. Time waits for no man. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.”

This quote encompasses something that we sometimes forget: that we can only live in the now. Too often do we find ourselves worrying over things we can’t control and we miss the opportunity to enjoy the moment. I try to not let yesterday or tomorrow hinder what I can accomplish today.

Education and Experience

I am a rising senior at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I am studying aerospace engineering and working on a humanities concentration in Latin America Studies. Some of the courses I have taken include Automatic Controls, Dynamics, and Propulsion. I am currently in an experimental design class that will continue next semester. Along with a partner, we are designing an experiment to physically assess a slosh feedback controller. Liquid slosh causes disturbances in rocket fuel tanks and affects stability.

In the past, I have volunteered with a high school physics camp run by Texas Instruments. The camp focuses on helping students build skills that will aid them when they take physics the following school year. This is accomplished through live demonstrations, lab work, and other active learning exercises.

I have worked on several class projects, including: building a bare-bones RC airplane; designing space missions; and modeling and analyzing a wing design.

Hobbies and Interests

In my spare time, I enjoy reading (mostly sci-fi or fantasy) and playing videogames. I grew up with the NES and Nintendo 64 and enjoy a wide variety of games, especially first-person shooters and RPGs. Doing minor car work is something I also enjoy. I also play guitar for the MIT catholic praise band.

Future Goals

My future career is still somewhat amorphous. I hope to find a niche in the aerospace industry where I will enjoy working, preferably with something hands-on. Some of the things on my bucket list include sky-diving and going scuba-diving. Overall I just want to enjoy whatever life gives me and settle down someday.