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NIA Graduates

NIA Graduates

 

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2016

Name:  Christopher Jones
University/Date:   Georgia Tech, August 2016
Degree/Advisor:  PhD, Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Alan Wilhite
Thesis Topic: “Risk-Value Optimization of Performance and Cost for Propellant Production on Mars”
Present Position:  NASA/LaRC, Space Mission Analysis Branch

Name:  Ryan Callahan
University/Date:   Old Dominion University, May 2016
Degree/Advisor:  MS, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Drew Landman
Thesis Topic: “Long-Term Quantitative Study of Wind-Tunnel Balance Calibrations Across Multiple Calibration Systems”
Present Position:  Lockheed Martin – Texas, Systems Engineer in Integrated Fighter Group

Name:  Matthew Simon
University/Date:   Georgia Tech, May 2016
Degree/Advisor:  PhD, Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Alan Wilhite
Thesis Topic: “Evaluation and Automation of Space Habitat Interior Layouts”
Present Position:  NASA/LaRC, Space Mission Analysis Branch

Name:  Maxwell DePiro
University/Date:   University of Virginia, May 2016
Degree/Advisor:  PhD, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Christopher Goyne
Thesis Topic: “Strut Fuel Injector Penetration and Mixing Enhancement for a Dual-Mode Scramjet”
Present Position:  Working on starting own business in Hampton Roads area

2015

Name: Nicole Ogden
University/Date: North Carolina A&T University, December 2015
Degree/Advisor: MS, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Dr. William Edmonson
Thesis Topic: non-thesis
Present Position: Internship with JPL, Pasadena, California then applying to PhD programs

Name: Kenneth Toro
University/Date: Old Dominion University, December 2015
Degree/Advisor: PhD, Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Drew Landman
Thesis Topic: “Uncertainty Estimates and Prediction Interval Development for Internal Strain Gage Balance Calibration Systems”
Present Position: NASA/LaRC, Civil Servant, System Engineering and Engineering Methods Branch

Name: Erik Viken
University/Date: Georgia Tech, December 2015
Degree/Advisor: MS, Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Dmitri Mavris
Thesis Topic: “Learn to Fly (L2F) Efficient Wind Tunnel Testing Methods”
Present Position:

Name: Donato Girolamo
University/Date: North Carolina State University, December 2015
Degree/Advisor: MS, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Fuh-Gwo Yuan
Thesis Topic: “Design and Development of a Contactless Laser-based Automated Nondestructive Evaluation (CLANDE) System for Metallic and Composite Structures”
Present Position: Blade Integrity Engineer, Siemens Wind Power in Denmark

Name: Jiaze He
University/Date: North Carolina State University, August 2015
Degree/Advisor: PhD, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Fuh-Gwo Yuan
Thesis Topic: “Time-reversal Based Array Damage Imaging in Structural Health Monitoring”
Present Position:

Name: Craig Ungaro
University/Date: University of Virginia, August 2015
Degree/Advisor: PhD, Electrical Engineering, Dr. Mool Gupta
Thesis Topic: “Control of Optical Properties of Surfaces for Improved Solar Thermophotovoltaic Systems”
Present Position:

Name: Jesse Quinlan
University/Date: University of Virginia, August 2015
Degree/Advisor: PhD, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Dr. James McDaniel
Thesis Topic: “Flamelet/Progress Variable Modeling for a Dual-Mode Scramjet Combustor”
Present Position: Civil Servant, NASA/LaRC, Aeronautics Systems Analysis Branch
Name: Mohammad Said Harb
University/Date: North Carolina State University, August, 2015
Degree/Advisor: PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Fuh-Gwo Yuan
Thesis Topic: Damage Imaging in Metallic and Composite Structures using Scanning Air-coupled and Laser Ultrasound
Present Position: Material and Processing Engineer, Mooney International

Name: Samuel Wald
University/Date: Georgia Institute of Technology, August, 2015
Degree/Advisor: MS, Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Alan Wilhite
Thesis Topic: A Parametric Model of Integrated Advanced Technology Applications for Long Duration Transit Habitats
Present Position: Pursing PhD at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Name: Mathew Thomas
University/Date: Old Dominion University, May, 2015
Degree/Advisor: MS, Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Drew Landman
Thesis Topic: Thrust Prediction for a Rotor Operating in a Ship Airwake
Present Position: Engineer, Aviation Applied Technology Directorate – Fort Eustis

Name: Amy Thornhill
University/Date: Georgia Institute of Technology, May, 2015
Degree/Advisor: MS, Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Alan Wilhite
Thesis Topic: Attitude Determination Using the Miniature Inertial Measurement Unit on SAGE III ISS
Present Position: NASA Civil Servant, Flight Software Systems Branch

Name: Kelsey Mitchell
University/Date: Virginia Tech, May, 2015
Degree/Advisor: MS, Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Christopher Fuller
Thesis Topic: Broadband Acoustic Liner Optimization Study Using Novel Metamaterials
Present Position: Control Systems Engineer at Controls and Data Services, subgroup of Rolls-Royce Aero Engines

Name: Duncan Alexander McGillivray
University/Date: University of Virginia, May, 2015
Degree/Advisor: PhD, Electrical Engineering, Dr. Mool Gupta
Thesis Topic: Metamaterials for 2-D Microwave Imaging
Present Position:

Name: Dennis L. Waldron
University/Date: University of Virginia, May, 2015
Degree/Advisor: PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Dr. Mool Gupta
Thesis Topic: Quantum dot luminescent solar concentrators
Present Position: Engineer, Naval Air Station Patuxent River

Name: Scott Kelly Pardue
University/Date: Old Dominion University, May, 2015
Degree/Advisor: MS, Computer Science, Dr. Andrey Chernikov
Thesis Topic: non-thesis
Present Position: pursue PhD in Computer Science at Old Dominion University

December 2014

Name: Cornelia Altenbuchner
University/Date: University of Maryland/December 2014
Degree/Advisor: PhD, Aerospace Engineering, Dr. James E. Hubbard
Thesis Topic: Flexible Multi-Body Dynamics Model of a Bio-Inspired Ornithoper with Experimental Validation
Present Position: NIA Contractor for NASA/LaRC in the Structural Dynamics and Concepts Branch

Name: Patrick Chai
University/Date: Georgia Tech/December 2014
Degree/Advisor: PhD, Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Alan Wilhite
Thesis Topic: Stochastic Feasibility Assessments of Orbital Propellant Depot and Commercial Launch Enabled Space Exploration Architecture
Present Position: NASA Civil Servant/Space Mission Analysis Branch

Name: Taylor Brooke Spalt
University/Date: Virginia Tech/December 2014
Degree/Advisor: PhD, Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Chris Fuller
Thesis Topic: Constrained Spectral Conditioning for the Spatial Mapping of Sound
Present Position: NASA Civil Servant/Aeroacoustics Branch

Name: Steven Andrew Tobin
University/Date: North Carolina State University/December 2014
Degree/Advisor: MS, Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Andre Mazzoleni
Thesis Topic: (non-thesis) A Probabilistic Design Demonstration of Flexible Thermal Protection System for a Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator
Present Position: Aerospace Thermal Engineer, NASA LaRC in the Structural and Thermal Systems Branch

August 2014

Name: Kevin Antcliff
University/Date: Virginia Tech/August 2014
Degree/Advisor: MS, Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Mark Guynn, Dr. Craig Woolsey, Dr. Pradeep Raj
Thesis Topic: Investigation of the Impact of Turboprop Propulsion on Fuel Efficiency and Economic Feasibility
Present Position: NASA Pathways, will pursue PhD

Name: Eliot W. Quon
University/Date: Georgia Tech/August 2014
Degree/Advisor: PhD, Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Marilyn J. Smith
Thesis Topic: Data Transfer Strategies for Overset and Hybrid Computational Methods
Present Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Name: Aimy Wissa
University/Date: University of Maryland/August 2014
Degree/Advisor: PhD, Aerospace Engineering, Dr. James Hubbard
Thesis Topic: Analytical Modeling and Experimental Evaluation of a Passively Morphing Ornithopter Wing
Present Position: Post Doc Fellow at Stanford University for one year and then has accepted appointment at Assistant Professor as University of Illinois

May 2014

Name: Johnathan Hardwick
University/Date: Virginia Tech/May 2014
Degree/Advisor: MS., Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Chris Fuller
Thesis Topic:
Present Position:

Name: Prasad Kutty
University/Date: Georgia Tech/May 2014
Degree/Advisor: MS, Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Alan Wilhite
Thesis Topic: Reconstruction and Uncertainty Quantification of Entry, Descent and Landing Trajectories Using Vehicle Aerodynamics
Present Position: NASA/LaRC Atmospheric Flight & Entry Systems Branch

Name: Rafael Andres Lugo
University/Date: North Carolina State University/May 2014
Degree/Advisor: Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Robert Tolson
Thesis Topic: Statistical Entry, Descent, and Landing Flight Reconstruction with Flush Air Data System Observations Using Inertial Navigation and Monte Carlo Techniques
Present Position: NASA/LaRC Atmospheric Flight and Entry Systems Branch contractor with Analytical Mechanics Associates, Inc. as a Flight Mechanics Engineer

Name: Doug Wells
University/Date: Georgia Tech/May 2014
Degree/Advisor: MS, Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Dimitri Mavris
Thesis Topic:
Present Position: Civil Servant at NASA/LaRC Aeronautics Systems Analysis Branch

Name: Timothy Michael Moeller
University/Date: Georgia Tech/May 2014
Degree/Advisor: MS, Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Alan Wilhite
Thesis Topic:
Present Position: Systems Engineer with Sierra Nevada Corporation

Name: Adam Christopher Slagle
University/Date: Virginia Tech/May 2014
Degree/Advisor: MS, Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Chris Fuller
Thesis Topic: Low Frequency Noise Reducing Using Poro-Elastic Metamaterials and Bicroperformated Panels
Present Position: continuing on for PhD at Virginia Tech

December 2013

Name: Matthew Smith
University/Date: Virginia Tech/December, 2013
Degree/Advisor: M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Chris Fuller
Thesis Topic:
Present Position: Boeing, Guidance, Navigation, and Control Engineer

Name: Erik Lee Axdahl
University/Date: Georgia Institute of Technology/December, 2013
Degree/Advisor: Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Alan Wilhite
Thesis Topic: A Study of Premixed, Shock-Induced Combustion with Application to Hypervelocity Flight
Present Position: NASA/LaRC – Civil Servant in Hypersonic Airbreathing Propulsion Branch

Name: Ben Phillips
University/Date: Old Dominion University/December, 2013
Degree/Advisor: M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Colin Britcher
Thesis Topic:
Present Position: Continuing on for PhD

Name: Michael Polanco
University/Date: Old Dominion University/December, 2013
Degree/Advisor: M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Sebastian Bawab
Thesis Topic: Examination of Micromotion-Induced Transient Effects of Brain Tissue Interfaced with a Neural Probe
Present Position: Continue working at Eagle Technologies LLC

August 2013

Name: Brett Frederick Bathel
University/Date: University of Virginia/August, 2013
Degree/Advisor: Ph.D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Christopher Goyne
Thesis Topic: Application of Molecular Tagging Yelocimetry to Study Laminar Flow and Laminar –to-Turbulent Transition in Hypersonic Boundary

Name: Kenneth Toro
University/Date: Old Dominion University/August, 2013
Degree/Advisor: M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Drew Landman
Thesis Topic: Development and Assessment of an In-situ Load System
Present Position: NASA/LaRC – PT employee in Aeronautics System Engineering Branch and continuing studies towards PhD at ODU

Name: John M. Gregory
University/Date: Old Dominion University/August 2013
Degree/Advisor: M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Colin Britcher
Thesis Topic: Design Advantages of Skin Friction Drag Reduction Using Riblets
Present Position: Engineer, Defense Contract Management – CT and pursing
Ph.D. though Colorado State University

May 2013

Name: Kurt Swieringa
University/Date: Georgia Tech/May 2013
Degree/Advisor: MS, Aerospace Engineering/Dr. Pritchett
Thesis Topic:
Present Position: NASA/LaRC

Name: Jake Tynis
University/Date: Old Dominion University/May 2013
Degree/Advisor: MS, Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Ash
Thesis Topic:
Present Position: Engineer, Schafer Corporation

Name: Mark Thornblom
University/Date: University of Maryland/May 2013
Degree/Advisor: MS, Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Akin
Thesis Topic:
Present Position:

Name: Eric Ragan
University/Date: Virginia Tech/May 2013
Degree/Advisor: Ph.D. Computer Science, Dr. Doug Bowman & Dr. Kathryn Logan, Retired
Thesis Topic: Supporting Learning through Spatial Information
Presentations in Virtual Environments
Present Position: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Research Scientist

Name: Shane Seaman
University/Date: Virginia Tech/May 2013
Degree/Advisor: M.E.., Electrical Engineering, Dr. Randy Heflin
Thesis Topic: Earth Observation Satellite optical System Design
Present Position: Continuing on in NIA program for PhD

Name: Derek Liechty
University/Date: M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Mark Lewis
Thesis Topic:
Present Position: NASA/LaRC Civil Servant

Name: Sean Currey
University/Date: Georgia Tech/May 2013
Degree/Advisor: M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Alan Wilhite
Thesis Topic: Optimum Thrust to Weight Ratio for an Earth Departure Stage
Using Particle Swarm Optimization
Present Position: SpaceX in Thermal Dymamics, California

Name: Michelle Jones
University/Date: Virginia Tech/May 2013
Degree/Advisor: ME, Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Walter O’Brien
Thesis Topic: Turbomachinery and Thermodynamics
Present Position: NASA/LaRC Aerothermodymamics Branch

December 2012

Name: Thomas (T.J.) Wignall
University/Date: Old Dominion University/December 2012
Degree/Advisor: M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Drew Landman
Thesis Topic: Design Proposals of HITL Experiments to Test NextGen Flight
Deck Based Interval Management Tools
Present Position: LARSS Intern, Applying to PhD programs

Name: Denisse Aranda
University/Date: Virginia Tech/December 2012
Degree/Advisor: ME, Material Science Engineering, Dr. Michael Kelley
Thesis Topic: Contamination Control Engineering and its Application to NASA Langley Research
Present Position: NASA/LaRC Aeronautics System Integration and Test Branch

Name: Lynn Huh
University/Date: North Carolina State University/December 2012
Degree/Advisor: Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Robert Tolson
Thesis Topic: Statistical Analysis of the Uncertainty in Pre-Flight
Aerodynamic Database of a Hypersonic Vehicle
Present Position:

Name: Christopher Northrup
University/Date: M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Colin Britcher
Thesis Topic:
Present Position: NASA Ames in California

Name: Marina Mazur Moen
University/Date: North Carolina State University/December 2012
Degree/Advisor: M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Dr. DeJarnett
Thesis Topic:
Present Position: NASA/LaRC

Name: Christie Funk
University/Date: Old Dominion University/December 2012
Degree/Advisor: M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Brett Newman
Thesis Topic: Analysis of Turbulence Response Characteristics of Flexible Aircraft
Present Position: NASA/LaRC Aerolasticity Branch

Name: Justin Green
University/Date: University of Virginia/December 2012
Degree/Advisor: M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Robert Lindberg
Thesis Topic: Morphing Hypersonic Inflatable Decelerator
Present Position: Continuing in NIA Ph.D. with University of Virginia

August 2012

Name: Sean Commo
University/Date: Old Dominion University/August 2012
Degree/Advisor: Ph.D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Drew Landman
Thesis Topic: Measurement System Characterization in the Presence of Measurement Errors
Present Position: NASA/LaRC Aeronautics Systems Engineering Branch

Name: Dale Arney
University/Date: Georgia Tech/August 2012
Degree/Advisor: Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Alan Wilhite
Thesis Topic: Rule-Based Graph Theory to Enable Exploration of the Space System Architecture Design Space
Present Position: Research Engineer at Georgia Tech

May 2012

Name: Devin Pugh-Thomas
University/Date: University of Virginia/May 2012
Degree/Advisor: Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Dr. Mool Gupta
Thesis Topic: Luminescent Quantum Dots for High Temperature Sensing
Present Position: NASA LaRC

Name: Nicole Pothier
University/Date: Hampton University/May 2012
Degree/Advisor: M.S. Atmospheric and Planetary Science, Dr. William Moore
Thesis Topic: Earth’s Ground-Based Geomagnetic Perturbations in Response to Substorms
Present Position: Pursing Ph.D. at the University of Michigan

Name: Karol Koller
University/Date: Old Dominion University
Degree/Advisor: ME, Dr. Colin Britcher
Thesis Topic:
Present Position:

Name: Matthew Fischer
University/Date: Georgia Tech/May 2012
Degree/Advisor: M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Alan Wilhite
Thesis Topic: Magnetohydrodynamic Aceleration of a Thermal Air Rocket Utilizing Low Energy
Present Position: Boeing, Alabama

Name: Lindsey Barr
University/Date: North Carolina State University
Degree/Advisor: M.S. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Robert Tolson
Thesis Topic:
Present Position:

Name: Matthew Allen
University/Date: Virginia Tech/May 2012
Degree/Advisor: M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Ricardo Burdisso
Thesis Topic: Analysis and Synthesis of Aircaft Engine Fan Noise for Use in Psychoacoustic Studies
Present Position: Research Engineer at Ratheon BBN Technologies, Virginia

Name: Taumi Daniels
University/Date: Hampton University/May 2012
Degree/Advisor: PhD., Atmospheric Science, Dr. William Smith
Thesis Topic: On the Analysis of an Imaging Passive Fourier Transform Spectrometer for the Airborne Detection of Wake Vortices
Present Position: Continuing full time at NASA as a civil servant

Name: Vincent Adams
University/Date: Old Dominion University/May 2012
Degree/Advisor: M.S., Dr. Thomas Alberts
Thesis Topic:
Present Position:

December 2011

Name: Charles Cimet
University/Date: North Carolina State University, December 2011
Degree/Advisor: M.S., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Robert Tolson
Thesis Topic: “The effect of Atmospheric Uncertainty on Mars Entry, Descent, and Landing”
Present Employer: MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Massachusetts

Name: Daniel Nelson
University/Date: Virginia Tech, December 2011
Degree/Advisor: M.S., Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, Dr. Bernard Grossman
Present Employer: United States Air Force

September 2011

Name: Christie Alston
University/Date: Old Dominion University, September 2011
Degree/Advisor: M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Robert Ash
Present Employer: The Boeing Company

Name: David Covington
University/Date: Old Dominion University, September 2011
Degree/Advisor: M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Colin Britcher

Name: Luke Gibbons
University/Date: Virginia Tech, September 2011
Degree/Advisor: Ph. D., Materials Science and Engineering, Dr. Don Leo
NASA Mentor: Dr. Peter Lilihei
Present Employer: NIA Consultant, Virginia

August 2011

Name: Stargel Doane
University/Date: Old Dominion University, August 2011
Degree/Advisor: Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Drew Landman

Name: Jennifer Arney
University/Date: University of Virginia, August 2011
Degree/Advisor: M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Robert Lindberg
Present Employer: Northrop Grumman, Virginia

Name: Eric Faierson
University/Date: Virginia Tech/August 2011
Degree/Advisor: Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Dr. Kathryn Logan;
M.S. May 2009, Dr. Kathryn Logan
Thesis Topic: “Structure-Property Relationships of Tantalum Carbide Foams and
Synthesis of an Interpenetrating Phase Composite”
Present Employer: Quad Cities Manufacturing Laboratory, Illinois

Name: Courtney Spells
University/Date: Georgia Tech/August 2011
Degree/Advisor: M.S., Aerospace Engineering
Present Employer: Jacobs Engineering at NASA Langley Research Center, Virginia

Name: David Barnes
University/Date: University of Virginia/August 2011
Degree/Advisor: ME
Present Position: Pursuing Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at University of Virginia

Name: Ryan Kupchella
University/Date: North Carolina State University/August 2011
Degree/Advisor: M.S., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Paul Cooper
Thesis Topic: “Modeling and Evolution of Mesoscale Morphology in C/SiC Ceramic Matrix Composites”
Present Employer: Corvid Technologies, North Carolina

Name: Jesse Quinlan
University/Date: Georgia Tech, August 2011
Degree/Advisor: M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Alan Wilhite
Level Analysis of Candidate Active Debris Removal Architectures”
Present Position: Continuing in NIA Ph.D. program with University of Virginia

July 2011

Name: Thomas McQuigg
University/Date: Virginia Tech, July 2011
Degree/Advisor: Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Rakesh Kapania
Thesis Topic: “Compression after Impact Experiments and Analysis on Honecomb Core Sandwich Panels with Thin Facesheets”
Present Employer: Orbital Sciences Corporation, Virginia

June 2011

Name: David Billingsley
University/Date: University of Maryland, June 2011
Degree/Advisor: M.S. Aerospace Engineering, Dr. James E. Hubbard, Jr.
Thesis Topic: “The Design, Fabrication, and Flight Testing of an Academic Research Platform for High Resolution Terrain Imaging”
Present Employer: AAI Corporation, Maryland

Name: Jared Grauer
University/Date: University of Maryland, June 2011
Degree/Advisor: Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, Dr. James E. Hubbard, Jr.
Thesis Topic: “Modeling of Ornithopter Flight Dynamics for Feedback Control”
Present Employer: Dynamic Systems and Control Branch, NASA LaRC, Virginia

May 2011

Name: Rick Wilder
University/Date: Virginia Tech, May 2011
Degree/Advisor: Ph.D./Electrical Engineering, Dr. Robert Clauer
Thesis Topic: “Magnetosphere/Ionosphere Coupling”
Present Employer: Post-doctoral research with ASTRA, LLC, Colorado

Name: Eric Greenwood
University/Date: University of Maryland, May 2011
Degree/Advisors: Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Fredric H. Schmitz and Dr. James E. Hubbard, Jr.
Thesis Topic: “Fundamental Rotorcraft Acoustic Modeling from Experiments (FRAME)”
Present Employer: NASA, LaRC, Virginia

Name: David Busnardo
University/Date: North Carolina State University, May 2011
Degree/Advisor: M.S., Robert Tolson
NASA Mentor: Farzir Amzajerdian
Thesis Topic: “LIDAR-Aided Inertial Navigation over Rough Terrain”

Name: Casey Thomas
University/Date: North Carolina State University, May 2011
Degree/Advisor: M.S., Robert Tolson
NASA Mentor: Robert Blanchard
Thesis Topic: “Aerodynamic Validation using MER and Phoenix Entry Flight Data”

Name: Dennis O’Connell
University/Date: Old Dominion University, May 2011
Degree/Advisor: M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Jerry Creedon

December 2010

Name: Artem Dyakonov
University/Date: North Carolina State University, December 2010
Degree/Advisor: Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Fred R. DeJarnette
Thesis Title: “Effect of RCS Thruster Plumes on Entry Capsule Aerodynamics and Aeroheating”
Present Position: NASA Ames Research Center

Name: Aimy Wissa
University/Date: University of Maryland, December 2010
Degree/Advisor: M.S., James Hubbard
Thesis Topics: “Passively Morphing Ornithopter Wings”
Present Position: Continuing in NIA Ph.D. program with University of Maryland

Name: Alex Brown
University/Date: University of Maryland, December 2010
Degree/Advisor: M.S., James Hubbard
Thesis Topic: “Investigation of Spacing and Phasing on Synthetic Jet Actuator Arrays”

Name: Michael Balch
University/Date: Virginia Tech, December 2010
Degree/Advisor: Ph.D., AOE, Dr. Robert Walters, Dr. Robert Tolson
Thesis Title: “Methods for Rigorous Uncertainty Quantification with Application to a Mars Atmosphere Model”
Present Position: Applied Biomathematics, New York

Name: John “Ryan” Somero
University/Date: Virginia Tech, December 2010
Degree/Advisor: M.S./AE, Benard Grossman
Thesis Topic: “Computational Simulations of an Ellipsoidal Model Utilizing RANS”

August 2010

Name: Chen-Nan Sun
University/Date: University of Virginia, August 2010
Degree/Advisor: Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Dr. Mool Gupta
Thesis Title: “Laser Sintering of Ultra High Temperature Materials”

Name: Scott Ciampa
University/Date: University of Virginia, August 2010
Degree/Advisor: M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Robert Lindberg
Thesis Topic: “Back-Drive Torque Analysis for Motor Wear Monitoring”
NASA Mentor: Tony Tyler
Present Employer: Knolls Atomic Power Laboratories, Saratoga Springs, NY

August 2010

Name: Michael Grimes
University/Date: Georgia Tech, August 2010
Degree/Advisor: M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Alan Wilhite
NASA Mentor: Bill Doggett

Name: Chris Karlgaard
University/Date: Virginia Tech/August 2010
Degree/Advisor: Ph.D., Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, Dr. Hanspeter Schaub
ThesisTopic: Robust Adaptive Estimation for Autonomous Rendezvous in Elliptical Orbit
Atmospheric Flight and Entry Systems Branch, Contractor with Analytical Mechanics Associates, Inc.

Name: Rafael Lugo
University/Date: North Carolina State University, August 2010
Degree/Advisor: M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Andre Mazzoleni
Thesis Topic: “CEV Aeroballistic Re-entry Dynamics”
NASA Mentor: Mark Schoenenberger

Name: Taylor Spalt
University/Date: Virginia Tech, August 2010
Degree/Advisor: M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Christopher Fuller
Thesis Topic: “Background Noise Reduction in Wind Tunnels using Adaptive Noise Cancellation and Cepstral Echo Removal Techniques for Microphone Array Applications”
NASA Mentor: Tom Brooks
Present Position: Ph.D. candidate at NIA with Virginia Tech

Summer 2010

Name: Ran Zhang
University/Date: North Carolina A&T State University, July 2010
Degree/Advisor: Ph.D., July 2010, Dr. Marwan Bikdash; M.S., July 2006, Dr. David Song, Electrical Engineering
Thesis Title: “Nonlinear Intelligent Control of Space Vehicles”

Name: Andrew Maxwell
University/Date: Georgia Tech, June 2010
Degree/Advisor: M.S. Aerospace Engineering, Alan Wilhite
NASA Mentor: Daniel Mazanek
Present Position: Ph.D. candidate at NIA with Georgia Tech and employed with Aerospace Corp. – CA

Name: David Masse
University/Date: Georgia Tech, June 2010
Degree/Advisor: M.S. Aerospace Engineering, Alan Wilhite
NASA Mentor: John Martin
Present Position: Ph.D. candidate at NIA with Georiga Tech

May 2010

Name: John A. Dec
University/Date: Georgia Tech, May 2010
Degree/Advisor: Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, Alan Wilhite
Thesis Title: “Three Dimensional Finite Ablative Thermal Response Analysis Applied to Heatshield Penetration Design”

Name: Liguo (Luke) Weng
University/Date: North Carolina A&T, May 2010

Degree/Advisor: Ph.D. May 2010, Prof. Gary Lebby; M.S. August 2006 in Electrical Engineering, Prof. David Song
Thesis Topic: Immunology-Inspired Fault Identification and Swarm Coordination

Name: Jasper Lewis
University/Date: Hampton University, May 2010
Degree/Advisor: Ph.D. in Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
Thesis Title: “Regional Aerosol Transport Study”
NASA Mentor: Lelia Vann

Name: Steven Kelley
University/Date: Georgia Tech, May 2010
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Alan Wilhite
Dimensional Laser Scanning System”
NASA Mentor: Jeff Antol

Name: Kevin Hollingsworth
University/Date: Virginia Tech, May 2010
Degree: M.S. in Aerospace Engineering
Present Employer: Aerospace Computing Inc., NASA LaRC

Name: Eric Compher
University/Date: University of Virginia, May 2010
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Electrical Engineering/SEAS, Dr. Mool Gupta
Thesis Topic: “Ambient Light Powered Sensors for Space Applications”
NASA Mentor: Cy Wilson
Present Employer: Bettis Atomic Labs, Pittsburgh, PA

Name: Eric Lundgren
University/Date: Virginia Tech, February 2010
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Rakesh Kapania
Thesis Title: “Durable Joining Technology for NASA’s Ares V Launch Vehicle”

NASA Mentor: Dr. Stanley St. Clair Smeltzer, III
Present Employer: Structural Mechanics and Concepts Branch, NASA LaRC

2009
Name: Will Bagienski
University/Date: University of Virginia, December 2009
Degree/Advisor: M.S., Dr. Mool Gupta

Name: Alan J. Fletcher
University/Date: University of Virginia, December 2009
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, Dr. Mool Gupta
Thesis Title: “Elastomeric Nanocomposites for Electromagnetic Shielding”
NASA Mentor: Ken Dudley
Present Employer: Air Force Resarch Laboratory, Dayton, Ohio

Name: John Fuller
University/Date: North Carolina State University, December 2009
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Robert Tolson
Thesis Title: “Methods to Alleviate Processing Requirements of
High-Fidelity Multibody Parachute Simulations Involving a Cofluent Mass”
NASA Mentor: Daniel Litton
Present Employer: Orbital Sciences, Dulles, VA

Name: John Gaebler
University/Date: North Carolina State University, November 2009
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Robert Tolson
Thesis Title: “Failure Bounding and Sensitivity Analysis Applied to Monte Carlo Entry, Descent and Landing Simulations”
NASA Mentor: Juan Cruz
PPresent Employer: Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland

Name: David Kuhl
University/Date: University of Maryland, November 2009
Degree: Ph.D. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science
Thesis Title: “Assimilation of Trace Gas Retrievals with the Local Ensemble Transform Kalman Filter”
NASA Mentor: Robert Bradley Piercebr>
Present Position: Post-doc position at the Naval Research Lab, Washington, DC

Name: Conrad Lovell
University/Date: University of Virginia, October 2009
Degree/Advisor: Ph.D. October 2009; M.S. August 2007 in Mechanical Engineering/Materials Science and Engineering, Prof. James Fitz-Gerald
Thesis Title: “The Effects of Polymer Morphology and Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes on Biopolymer Shear Piezoelectricity”
Present Position: NASA Post-doctoral fellow at NASA LaRC

Name: Erik Axdahl
University/Date: Georgia Tech, August 2009
Degree/Advisor: M.S., Dr. Alan Wilhite
NASA Mentor: Walt Engelunc
Present Employer: Civil servant in the NASA LaRC Hypersonic Airbreathing
Propulsion Branch

Name: Karen Berger
University/Date: Virginia Tech, August 2009
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Bernard Grossman
Present Employer: NASA civil servant in the Aerothermodynamics Branch at NASA LaRC

Name: Sarvjit Lota
University/Date: University of Virginia, August 2009
Degree/Advisor: M.E. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Dr. James McDaniel
NASA Mentor: Dr. Ajay Kumar

Name: Matthew Aitken
University/Date: North Carolina State University, July 2009
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Robert Tolson
Thesis Title: “Lidar-Aided Inertial Navigation with Extended Kalman Filtering for Pinpoint Landing”
NASA Mentor: Dr. Farzin Amzajerdian
Present Position: Ph.D. candidate at University of Colorado, Boulder

Name: Emmanuel Winston Okraku
University/Date: University of Virginia, June 2009
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Dr. Mool Gupta
Thesis Title: “Laser Annealing of P3HT/PCBM Organic Solar Cells”
NASA Mentor: Kenneth Wright

Name: Khary Tatum
University/Date: North Carolina A&T State University, May 2009
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Dr. Abdollah Homaifar
Present Employer: Engineer at Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, AZ

Name: Alex Stramel
University/Date: University of Virginia, May 2009
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Dr. Mool Gupta
Thesis Title: “Resonant Pulsed Laser Deposition of Carbon Nanotube Thin Films”
NASA Mentor: Dr. Jirong Yu
Present Employer: Electronics Engineer; US Army; Night Vision and Electronics
Sensors Directorate, Air Systems Division on Ft. Belvoir, VAo:p>

Name: Daniel Le
University/Date: University of Virginia, May 2009
Degree/Advisor: Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Dr. James McDaniel
Thesis Title: “Robust Design of Low Sonic Boom Concepts”

Name: Michael Hunt
University/Date: Virginia Tech, May 2009
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Materials Science Engineering, Dr. Kathryn Logan
Thesis Title: ” Pressureless Densification of SHS produced Alumina-Titanium Diboride Ceramic Matrix Composites”
Present Position: Employed at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, DC

Name: Adam Cowling
University/Date: Virginia Tech, May 2009
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Christopher Hall
Thesis Title: ” Pitch-Control Predictor-Corrector and Neural Network Ascent Guidance”
NASA Mentor: Jeff Robinson
Present Position: civil servant in the NASA LaRC Vehicle Analysis Branch

2008
Name: John Wagner
University/Date: Georgia Institute of Technology, December 2008
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Alan Wilhite
Thesis Title: “Import of Operational and Design Requirements on Mars Ascent Performance”
NASA Mentor: Dr. Richard Powell
Present Position: Ph.D. candidate at Georgia Tech at NIA

Name: Daniel Shreiber
University/Date: University of Virginia, December 2008
Degree/Advisor: Ph.D. in Electrical & Computer Engineering, Dr. Mool Gupta
Thesis Title: “Negative Index Materials for Sensing”

Name: Jairaj Payyapilly
University/Date: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, November 2008
Degree/Advisor: Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, Dr. Kathryn Logan
Thesis Title: “Formation and Growth Mechanisms of a High Temperature Interfacial layer between A1 and TiO2”
Present Position: Process Engineer, Applied Materials Inc., Santa Clara, CA

Name: Benjamin Nickless
University/Date: University of Maryland, December 2008

Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Dr. James Hubbard
Thesis Title: “Dynamic Modeling and Position Control of a Piezoelectric Flextensional Actuator”
Present Position: Civil servant in the NASA LaRC Advanced Materials Processing Branch

Name: Christopher Hartman
University/Date: North Carolina State University, December 2008
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Robert Tolson
NASA Mentor: Eugene A. Morelli
Present Position: Ph.D. candidate at North Carolina State University

Name: Cory Barton
University/Date: North Carolina A&T State University, November 2008
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Dr. Gary Lebby
Thesis Title: “The Development and Implementation of a Testbed Unmanned Aerial System”
Present Position: Employed as an engineer at AATD, Ft. Eustis, VA

Name: Rafael Perez
University/Date: Virginia Tech, September 2008
Degree/Advisor: Ph.D. in Aeronautical & Ocean Engineering, Dr. Robert W. Walters
Thesis Title: “Uncertainty Analysis of Computational Fluid Dynamics Via Polynomial Chaos”

Name: Robyn Harmon
University/Date: University of Maryland, September 2008
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Dr. James Hubbard
Present Position: Mechanical Engineer for AAI Corporation, Hunt Valley, MD

Name: Philip Tanner
University/Date: Georgia Tech, August 2008
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Alan Wilhite
NASA Mentor: Andy Hahn
Present Position: Aerospace Engineer for the Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command, doing rotorcraft research in the 14×22 ft subsonic wind tunnel at NASA Langley

Name: Thomas Sebastian
University/Date: North Carolina State University, August 2008
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Robert Tolson
Thesis Title: “Orion CEV Abort Scenario Methods and Tools”
NASA Mentor: Mark Shoenenberger
Present Position: Doctoral candidate at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in Mechanical Engineering

Name: Long Ni
University/Date: North Carolina A&T State University, August 2008
Degree/Advisor: Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Dr. David Song
Thesis Title: “Monitoring and Analyzing Interactive Network Traffic to Detect Stepping-Stone Intrusion”

Name: Vanessa Aubuchon
University/Date: Virginia Tech/July 2008
Degree/Advisor: M.S., Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, Dr. Mayuresh Patil
Thesis Topic: Damping Effects of Drogue Parachutes on Orion Crew Module Dynamics
Present Position: NASA/LaRC – Flight Dynamics Branch, Civil Servant

Name: Erik Nelson
University/Date: Virginia Tech, June 2008
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Aeronautical & Ocean Engineering, Dr. Rakesh Kapania

Thesis Title: “Unitized Curvilinear Structural Design and Analysis”

NASA Mentor: Karen Taminger, Advanced Materials & Processing Branch
Present Position: Boeing in Mesa, AZ in their Structural Engineering Group

Name: Joseph Hickman
University/Date: Georgia Tech, May 2008
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Alan Wilhite
Present Position:Orbital Sciences Corp, Dulles, VA in their Advanced Programs Group

Name: Michael Tosto
University/Date: University of Virginia, May 2008
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Robert Lindberg
Thesis Title: Load Sharing Optimization of a Redundant Path Planar Mechanism
Present Position:Orbital Sciences Corp, Dulles

Name: Marc Wilson
University/Date: Georgia Tech, May 2008
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Alan Wilhite
Present Position: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, Laurel MD

2007
Name: Dexter Lin
University/Date: University of Virginia, December 2007
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Dr. Mool Gupta
NASA Mentor: Ken Wright
Thesis Topic: Improved MEMS Based Shear Sensor

Name: Craig Aaron Reimann
University/Date: North Carolina State University, December 2007
Degree/Advisor: Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Robert Nagel
NASA Mentor: Stephanie Heath
Thesis Topic: “Development of a General Methodology for Optimizing Acoustic Treatment Using an Equivalent Source Method”
Present Position: United Technologies Research Center, East Hartford, CT

Name: Noah Schiller
University/Date: Virginia Tech, December 2007
Degree/Advisor: Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Prof. Christopher Fuller

Thesis Title: “Decentralized Control of Sound Radiation from Periodically Stiffened Panels”
NASA Mentor: Randolph Cabell
Present Position: NASA Langley Research Center in the Structural Acoustics Branch

Name: Eammon Bemis
University/Date: North Carolina State University, August 2007
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Prof. Bob Tolson
Present Position: Ga Tech Ph.D. candidate at NIA

Name: Sarah Haack
University/Date: University of Maryland, August 2007
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Prof. James Hubbard
Co-Advisor: Prof. Alison Flatau
Present Position: Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, Maryland

Name: Tom Haynie
University/Date: Virginia Tech, August 2007
Degree/Advisor: Ph.D. in Engineering Science and Mechanics, Prof. Michael Hyer
Thesis Topic: Stresses in Noncircular Cylindrical Structures
Present Position: Post-doc position at NIA

Name: Steven Hough
University/Date: North Carolina State University, August 2007
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Prof. Bob Tolson
Present Position: Employed at Dynamic Concepts, Inc., Huntsvilla, AL; supporting GN&C research at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center

Name: Austin Murch
University/Date: Georgia Tech, August 2007
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Alan Wilhite
NASA Mentor: Daniel G. Murri
Research Title: “Post-Stall Gyration and Spin Modeling of Large Transport Airplanes”
Present Position: NASA Langley Research Center in the Flight Dynamics Branch

Name: Xiaohong (Cindy) Liao
University/Date: North Carolina A&T State University, July 2007
Degree/Advisor: Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Prof. David Song
NASA Mentor: Suresh Joshi
Thesis Topic: Robust Adaptive Attitude Control of Crew Exploration Vehicles

Name: Kristina Zaleski
University/Date: North Carolina State University, July 2007
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Prof. Bob Tolson
Research Topic: Effect on an Outpost of Lunar Vehicle Impact & Debris
Present Position: Employed at Dynamic Concepts, Inc. a contractor at NASA MSFC

Name: Nelson Guerreiro
University/Date: University of Maryland, May 2007
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Prof. James Hubbard
Thesis Topic: Lift Distribution Control Using Spatially Distributed Actuators and Sensors
Present Position: UMD Ph.D. candidate at NIA

Name: Jules Kroehl
University/Date: Virginia Tech, May 2007
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Aerospace and Oceanic Engineering, Dr. Robert Walters
Present Position: Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Cambridge, MA

Name: Carlos Roithmayr
University/Date: Georgia Tech, May 2007
Degree/Advisor: Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, Prof. Dewey Hodges
Thesis Topic: Relating Constrained Motion to Force Through Newton’s Second Law
Present Position: NASA Langley Research Center, SACD – Space Mission Analysis Branch

Name: Johnnie Chan
University/Date: University of Virginia, March 2007
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Prof. Mool Gupta

Thesis Topic: Nondestructive Testing of Composite Materials Using Laser Induced Stress Waves
Present Position: Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University, NYC in Electrical Engineering

2006
Name: Shaun Brown
University/Date: University of Maryland, December 2006
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering, Prof. Robert Tolson
Scholarly Paper: Orbiting the Moons of Mars Including Higher Order Gravity Fields
Present Position: The Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, CA

Name: Christopher O. Johnston
University/Date: Virginia Tech, December 2006
Degree/Advisor: Ph.D. in Aeronautical Engineering, Prof. William Mason
Thesis Topic: Non Equilibrium Shock-Layer Radiative Heating for Earth and Titan Entry
Present Position: Aero-Thermodynamics Branch, NASA Langley

Name: Jeremy Shidner
University/Date: University of Maryland, December 2006
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Prof. Robert Tolson
Thesis Topic: A Coupled Interplanetary-Entry, Descent, and Landing Targeting Procedure
Present Position: Contractor, AMA, NASA LaRC in the Atmospheric Flight and Entry Systems Branch

Name: Jonathan Lok
University/Date: Virginia Tech, December 2006
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, Prof. Kathryn Logan
Thesis Topic: Multi-Functional Materials and Structures
Present Position: Materials Engineering, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, Fairfax, VA

Name: Rick Winski
University/Date: Virginia Tech, December 2006
Degree/Advisor: M.S.
Present Position: Contractor, AMA, NASA LaRC in the Atmospheric Flight and Entry Systems Branch

Name: Geoff A. Slipher
University/Date: University of Maryland, September 2006
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Prof. James Hubbard
Present Position: UMD Ph.D. candidate at NIA

Name: Angela Brickler
University/Date: University of Maryland, August 2006
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Prof. Robert Tolson
Thesis Topic: Structural Evaluation of Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication of stiffened Panels
Present Position: Aerospace Engineer with Cessna Aircraft Company in Wichita, KS

Name: Ryan Eubank
University/Date: University of Maryland, August 2006
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Prof. Ella Atkins
Cost Monocular Vision Based Ground-Target Tracking System for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Present Position: Ph.D. candidate at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Name: Chris Abada
University/Date: Virginia Tech, May 2006
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Engineering Mechanics, Prof. Michael Hyer
Thesis Topic: Influence of Reinforcement Architecture on the Fracture Behavior of Selectively Reinforced Materials
Present Position: Research Engineer at NIA

Name: David Reeves
University/Date: Georgia Tech, May 2006
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Prof. Alan Wilhite
Present Position: Engineer, Analytic Mechanics Associates, Hampton, VA

Name: Michael Scher
University/Date: University of Maryland, May 2006
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Prof. Robert Tolson
Thesis Topic: An Investigation into the Advantages of On-Orbit Propellant Resupply
Present Position: Engineer, Integrity Applications, Inc., Chantilly, VA

Name: Zhao (Joy) Sun
University/Date: North Carolina A&T State University, May 2006
Degree/Advisor: Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Prof. David Song
Thesis Topic: Robust Adaptive Formation Control of Multi-UGVs
Present Position: Research Scientist II at NIA

Name: Terry Corbett, Jr.
University/Date: North Carolina A&T State University, April 2006
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Prof. David Song
Thesis Topic: The Design of Waveriders from an Axisymmetric Flowfield

Name: Haile Lindsay
University/Date: North Carolina A&T State University, April 2006
Degree/Advisor: Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Prof. Fred Ferguson
Thesis Topic: Hypersonic Vehicle Configuration Design & Analysis

Name: Thomas C. Jones
University/Date: University of Virginia, January 2006
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Prof. H. Bart-Smith
Thesis Topic: Finite Element Modeling and Analysis of Large Pretensioned Space Structures
Present Position: UVA Ph.D. candidate at NIA

2005

Name: Matthew Bolton
University/Date: University of Virginia, December 2005
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Systems and Information Engineering, Prof. E. Bass
Thesis Topic:An Investigation of the Effects of Texture and Field of View on Spatial Awareness in Synthetic Vision Head-down Displays
Present Position: Ph.D. candidate at UVa

Name: Dean Bucher
University/Date: Georgia Tech, December 2005
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Prof. Alan Wilhite
Thesis Topic: Response Surface Equations for Earth Re-entry
Present Position: Aerospace Engineer, The Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, CA

Name: Swapna Kanury
University/Date: North Carolina A&T, December 2005
Degree/Advisor: Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Prof. David Song
Thesis Topic: Zero-Adaptive Method for Fault-Tolerant Control of Space Vehicles

Name: Paige D. Thomas
University/Date: University of Maryland, December 2005
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Prof. R. Tolson
Present Position: Engineer, a.i. solutions, Lanham, MD

Name: Janet L. Convery
University/Date: Virginia Tech, October 2005
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Prof. W. F. O’Brien
Thesis Topic: An Experimental Investigation of JP-7 and n-Heptane Extinction Limits in an Opposed Jet Burner
Present Position: Engineer, General Electric Aircraft Engines, Evendale, OH

Name: Jody L. Fisher
University/Date: University of Virginia, August 2005
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Dr. R. E. Lindberg
Thesis Topic: Trajectory Design and Analysis for Titan Explorer Entry, Descent and Landing
Present Position: Research Engineer, Exploration Systems Engineering Branch, NASA Langley<

2004

Name: Brian A. DavisUniversity/Date: North Carolina State University, December 2004
Degree/Advisor: M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Prof. S. Seelecke
Thesis Topic: Measurement and Prediction of the Thermomechanical Response of Shape Memory Alloy Hybrid Composite Beams
Present Position: Ph.D. candidate, on the campus of North Carolina State
University

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