Aerospace Engineer

Aerospace Engineer

Aerospace engineers design airplanes, spacecraft, rockets, fuel-efficient cars, propulsion systems, and guidance systems.

Graduates who are aerospace engineers 

Summer internships: NASA-Langley, NASA-Goddard, NASA-Glenn, NASA Independent Verification and Validation Center (Fairmont), Raytheon

Graduate schools: WVU, UVa, Purdue, George Washington University, University of Alabama, University of New Mexico, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Employers: Ball Aerospace, Bell Helicopters, NASA-Langley, Lockheed-Martin, Raytheon, Army Aviation Test Flight Directorate
Will George (2015) is pursuing a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering at Virginia Tech. He reports, "My research involves particle image velocimetry measurements inside the bypass duct of a turbofan engine. It is funded by Pratt & Whitney. Last summer, I had an internship with Pratt & Whitney in Middletown, Conn. I increased their PIV testing capabilities and taught PIV to my coworkers. The people were great and I had a lot of fun during and after work with all the friends that I made." The photo shows the colloquium that Will gave at Wesleyan on April 14, 2016 about his research and what to expect in graduate school.

JoshHiett(2015) is taking graduate courses in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at WVU. Josh E-mailed, "I just wanted to thank all the physics faculty for encouraging me during my time at Wesleyan. I am taking my first three graduate-level classes and it is all because of you. I am enrolled in Incompressible Aerodynamics, Heat Transfer, and Advanced Thermodynamics. I hope I can remember all those equations Dr. Wiest has us memorize and how to use the tables in Dr. Popson's thermo class. And NASA Coordinator Candy Cordwell expressed that she is looking forward to my contributions to the SPACE Club at WVU." In the photo, Josh is working on his Wesleyan NASA project in our course, Space Systems Engineering.

Russell Gillespie (2014) is pursuing an M.S. in Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University: "I have just completed my first semester and can now say that I am officially admitted into the graduate program. My Dynamics and Controls professor brought back the good old free-body diagrams for creating a state space matric for validation of control and stability. My other courses were System Safety and Certification and C Programming and UNIX. I thank all the Wesleyan professors for their effort in supporting me to this stage."

JoshKeane, Army Aviation Flight Test Directorate, (M.S., George Washington University): "My graduate work contributed to the successful flight of NASA's X-43A at Langley Air Force Base. I helped analyze the aerodynamics of the Pegasus booster. And I used NASA's wind tunnels to validate data on out-of-control situations. When I graduated, Bell Helicopters hired me to work on vertical lift projects such as the UH-1 Huey and the AH-1 Cobra helicopters for the Marines. I've also worked on the new V-22 tilt rotor. They are all awesome machines."  
Chris Kuhl, NASA-Langley, (M.S. Purdue): Kuhl celebrated the successful landing of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on August 5, 2012. Kuhl is the Chief Engineer of the MEDLI project, a set of sensors fastened to the rover's heatshield to monitor atmospheric conditions during descent. Kuhl is the second person from the right in the news-conference photo.

Adam Kuhl (M.S. Georgia Tech): "I work on missiles at Raytheon in California. I make sure that the components fit into the allowed volume and can withstand the specified vibrational stresses."

Robert Vollmerhausen has transferred to WVU in our dual-degree engineering program.

Rachel Haas Tackett (2012, M.S. New Mexico State) Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson

Kathleen Meyer Malechuk, (M.S., University of New Mexico) works at Ball Aerospace in Albuquerque.  

Devon Miller is pursuing an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa.

Gary Valkavitch, (M.S., UVa). Gary works on the JSL F-35 aircraft at Lockheed-Martin in Texas.
Chad Smith (PhD, UVa): "My Ph.D. is complete! My research used a Nd-YAG laser just like Wesleyan's. I used the laser to measure the velocities of gases in a scramjet combustor. My results have been published in the Journal of Propulsion and Power." Chad visited Wesleyan to personally deliver us the good news.


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