2011-2012 and 2012-2013 (first two years of the teams history)
University of Florida
Electrical Engineering, minor in Chemistry
What was the most valuable thing you learned by being a member of the team?
I learned that the moral of the team is more important then the technical challenges ahead. Happy people find solutions to problems and inspire everyone around them.
What impact did being a member of the Roaring Riptide have on your life?
The impact was huge. It was my first real engineering experience and it gave me the confidence I needed to pursue engineering as a career. I also made new friends at the high school level and at the University of Florida with whom I am still close with today.
Have you worked for any companies or labs either full-time or for an internship? If so, which ones?
I worked as a calculus and chemistry tutor for the University of Florida. I have worked as a research assistant in UF’s department of chemical engineering studying nanotechnology. I have co-oped with Ascend Performance Materials in Houston Texas where I worked on real world engineering problems in a chemical manufacturing plant. I am currently performing a co-op with NASA’s photovoltaic and electrochemical systems branch in Cleveland, OH where I am researching and engineering advanced multijunction solar arrays.
What are some projects that you’ve worked on since graduating high school?
While Co-Oping with Ascend, I completely designed and built a digital monitoring and control system for a chemistry research laboratory. Here at NASA, I am working on a thermal balance test for a new type of large scale, high power solar array. These extra large solar arrays will provide enough power to make electric propulsion and ion drive a realistic option.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself either working as an electrical engineer in the space industry or getting my PhD at a top tier engineering school.