Summer Plans: I will be in Guatemala at the start of the summer working with Projects for Underserved Communities and when I return I’ll be doing research in the Guidance, Controls, and Navigation Lab!
Organization Involvement: Sigma Gamma Tau Aerospace Honors Society Vice President; Campus Ministry; Design Build Fly Member; Fencing Team
Favorite Things Outside of Aerospace? I really enjoy playing golf, even though I’m pretty bad right now.
Why I decided on Aerospace! The planets are calling and I must go!
Future Plans? Definitely attend graduate school and then hopefully one day work for NASA Jet Propulsion Lab.
Biggest Piece of Advice to Incoming Students: Be proactive and don’t get behind on anything!
Summer Plans: I’ll be taking a few classes back in Houston and also be working a summer job.
Organization Involvement: American Helicopter Society Vice President; Sigma Gamma Tau Aerospace Honor Society Historian; Design Build Fly member; American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Member; University’s Leadership Network Scholar
Best Advice to incoming students? Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it, especially if you are struggling with a class, you’ll meet some awesome people and make friends. Don’t hesitate to go to office hours and talk to your professor. Above all, put yourself out there because that’s how you will find your true passion!
Favorite Things to do Outside of Aerospace? Some of my favorite things do outside of Aerospace is reading and playing video games. I love reading Science Fiction, especially books that have interesting spacecraft and futuristic technologies. I am trying to read all of the new Star Wars books and I’m waiting for George R. R. Martin to write faster because I love the A Song of Ice and Fire series (Game of Thrones). I’ve only watched one season of the show so can talk GoT as long as you don’t spoil stuff from this season for me.
Why I decided on Aerospace! I choose aerospace because when I was young and I watched the Star Wars, I fell in love with the X-Wing. From there my interest in aircraft and spacecraft grew. This coupled with my curiosity about how technology functioned made aerospace the natural choice for my major.
Future Plans? Working in the Aerospace industry. Once I figure out if I want to go atmospheric or space, I might have a better idea of what exactly I want to do.
Summer Plans: Internship at Aerosciences Inc.
Organization Involvement: Prospective Student Coordinator; Women in Aerospace Leadership and Development President, Past Historian; Member of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Best piece of advice to incoming students? Everyone may seem like they know what they’re doing, but know they’re all as scared and confused as you. Don’t feel like you need to be 100% put together from the start.
Future Plans? I hope to graduate with my bachelor degree and start working in industry somewhere (JPL would be the dream).
Favorite Things Outside of Aerospace? I love to play intramurals (I’ve played on flag football, ultimate frisbee, and several soccer teams). It’s all about trying to get that Championship shirt.
Summer Plans? I’m going to be taking a few online classes this summer, along with working on some projects for Longhorn Rocketry Association.
Organization Involvement: Longhorn Rocketry Association – Corporate Liaison; Women In Aerospace Leadership and Development; American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Skywalkers FIG Mentor; Spatial Visualization Teaching Assistant; Dr. Jones Orbital Mechanics Research Assistant
Favorite Aerospace Class and Why? My favorite class so far is Spacecraft Dynamics. I have been looking forward to taking Space D since my first semester here. I’ve learned so much about orbital mechanics and satellites, how we see their movement from the ground, and how to apply all that into programming and simulations. It is a really fun class and every space nerd would love it too.
Best piece of advice to incoming students? Don’t be afraid to ask for help because so many people are willing to help you out with just about anything when you’re here in UT. I’d also encourage each and every student to try out new things. College is a time for exploring who you are as an individual, so go out and learn something new about yourself everyday.
Future Plans? When they tell you that “what starts here changes the world,” they’re not kidding. Being a student here gives you all the tools to do just that. For my future plans and life goals, living up to the dream of changing the world through working for the space industry is definitely on top of the list. That and sending something to Mars would be really cool too.
Why Aerospace? Space is the final frontier, and we need to keep pushing the boundaries of what we can reach. Looking up in the sky at night makes you wonder what’s all out there, and I chose Aerospace because I hope to someday work in the industry that is only limited by our imagination.
Summer Plans: I will be working at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, CA.
Organizations: Women in Aerospace Leadership and Development (WIALD) Member; Sigma Gamma Tau Aerospace Honors Society Activities Chair; American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Member
Best Piece of Advice for Incoming Students: I have two: One, don’t be afraid to try new things and put yourself out there. Two, buy a good pair of waterproof rain boots! Because nothing is worse than wet socks/feet on a rainy day of classes.
Why I Decided on Aerospace: No offense to anyone, but I think it’s by far the coolest engineering! Why build a bridge when you can build a rocket that puts people on Mars?!
Favorite Class: Spacecraft Dynamics — because it was just so cool! Plus, it embodied everything I thought Aerospace Engineering would be.
Future Plans: Working for NASA – I want to train astronauts!
Summer Plans: I’ll be continuing my co-op at L3 in Greenville, TX. I also plan on going to Seattle and Atlanta as vacation!
Organization Involvement: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics member; Past Design-Build-Fly Structures Lead
Favorite Things to Do Outside of Aerospace: IM Soccer. I have been looking to get on the champions that in Gregory gym as IM champs since I was a freshman! Barton springs; ACL; Blues on the Green; UT Football; Chuy’s; Trudy’s; Kerbey Lane;….. I like food. And I love that Austin is great for that and more!
Why I decided on Aerospace: As a kid, my dad would take me to airshows and my passion for planes only took off from there!
Favorite Aerospace Class and Why? Satellite Navigation with Dr. Humphreys. It was highly demanding and, in the end, highly rewarding in terms of the amount of technical knowledge you learn about how GPS works at its most fundamental state. It helps immensely that Dr. Humphreys cares greatly about his students and is readily available to help those who put in the effort.
Track: Undecided! I’m still waiting to take all the introduction classes to the two tracks before I make that decision.
Summer Plans: I’ll be working at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth with the F-35 program. I’m also taking a few summer classes and intend to eat as much ice cream as possible.
Organization Involvement: Design-Build-Fly Team Lead, past Chief Engineer
Favorite Aerospace Classes and Why? Low Speed Aerodynamics and Structural Analysis! They were both challenging classes but it was really cool seeing things I’ve learned in other classes come together and become applicable. It was nice to go beyond my text books and see what I could possibly be doing in my career.
Best Piece of Advice to Incoming Students: College is what you make of it! Be proactive, get involved, make a great experience for yourself. Also the men and women’s bathrooms in the basement of WRW are switched from all the other floors so check the signs before you go in.
Technical Track: Atmospheric
Summer Plans: I’ll be spending my third summer at NASA Langley
working in the Aeroelasticity Branch, I’ll be working on
computational fluid dynamics and finite element models during my
Organization Involvement: American Institute of Aeronautics and
Astronautics: President, Vice President, Student Engineering Council
Rep; Design Build Fly: Chief Engineer, Structures Lead; FIG Mentor:
3 years. Sigma Gamma Tau Aerospace Honors Society
Best Piece of Advice to Incoming Students: It’s okay to be nervous,
scared, and feel out of place your first semester or year here but I
think the best thing you can do is become a part of an aerospace
organization that makes you feel more welcome within the
department. I don’t think I would have made it through college
without the friends that I made in DBF. Those friends that you make
in the organizations will be the people that you do homework with,
study for tests together, and hang out with.
Future Plans: Graduate school pursuing a PhD!