Mechanical and aerospace engineers from Princeton have played leading roles in fluid modeling and measurement, materials science, propulsion, combustion, and aerospace dynamics since the founding of the department in 1943. With ties to many other areas of science and engineering, mechanical and aerospace engineering faculty have a major impact in bioengineering, materials, alternative fuels, energy usage, energy conversion, space exploration, satellite technology, propulsion systems, stability and control of vehicles, aircraft performance, instrumentation, and laser technology.
Co-designed a “scanning laser infrared molecular spectrometer” to detect gas molecules in the open air. Determined the optimal geometry and materials for the device, which has the potential to be used by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory on planetary missions or for emissions detection in urban areas.
With classmate Shelley Chan, presented a proposal for a docking station to facilitate manned missions to Mars at the Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage Forum. Received the J. Rich Steers Award from the School of Engineering.
Worked five summers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory on projects ranging from a Mars rover to dual Venus landers. Acted as a research assistant in the Princeton University Electric Propulsion and Plasma Dynamics Laboratory.
President of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Student Council; vice president of the Engineering Council; board member of Theatre Intime; member of the Society for Women Engineers and the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Designed a control system for the ascent and descent stages for the upper stage of a horizontal launch and re-entry vehicle. Applied this design to a reusable vehicle designed by Princeton Satellite Systems, which seeks to produce the vehicle for a number of space agencies for easier launch and to act as a ferry from Earth to the International Space Station..
“I’m really interested in aerospace systems designs—how spacecraft come together and different subsystems interface and work together, the tradeoffs in decisions in one subsystem, and how they affect another.”
Earned certificate in robotics and intelligent systems.
Presented results of fluid dynamics research at a conference in Minneapolis. With classmate Chelsea Graf, presented a proposal for a docking station to facilitate manned missions to Mars at the Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage forum. Traveled with classmates to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to present a design for a microsatellite for finding extra-solar planets.
Member of the undergraduate Engineering Council. Worked as a research assistant in the Princeton University Electric Propulsion and Plasma Dynamics Laboratory.
“Michael Schoder from the Class of 2010 and I developed a cold-water hydrotherapy spa for the rehabilitation of our varsity athletes. The system consisted of a chiller unit (which housed a refrigeration system, filtration/circulation system, temperature control system, and a spa jet pump) along with a custom-fabricated pool that held up to five athletes at a time. The system provided a cost- and energy-efficient alternative to the cold-water treatment methods previously employed by the varsity athletic training staff.”
Enoch J. Durbin Prize for Engineering Innovation, Donald Janssen Dike Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, and 2011 Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease National Champion.
Management intern with the senior vice president of Medimedia USA.
“I am a captain of the varsity football team, a member of the University Cottage Club, and a founding member of the Princeton Chapter of Uplifting Athletes (an organization committed to raising awareness and funding for rare diseases). I also sponsored two bone marrow drives to raise awareness for aplastic anemia, which is a life-threatening bone marrow disease that I have been fortunate enough to overcome.”
“I study the mechanical properties of lithium-ion batteries and battery materials to improve their performance and lifetime. In my work, I’m looking at how the effects of stress on the polymer separators used in these batteries causes pores in the separator to close, which results in decreased energy storage capability.”
National Science Foundation Graduate Student Fellowship and Princeton University Upton Fellowship. Best presentation award at the Tokyo Institute of Technology’s Global Center of Excellence Conference in Ishigaki, Japan.
“I enjoy training for triathlons, and for the past three years I’ve been a little league softball coach here in Princeton, which has been a great way to connect with the community outside of the University. I also enjoy playing softball for the department’s team in the University’s summer intramural league.”
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Gathering experimental data for flame properties and computer models for the performance of high-hydrogen-content synthetic gas fuels in advanced engines. Combustion of synthetic gas is a key part of an emerging technology that shows promise for cleaner and more efficient combustion of coal (and/or biomass). Such fuels could support plans to capture and store the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide deep underground.
Research was featured in Combustion and Flame. Best Presentation Award at the Second International Forum on Multidisciplinary Education and Research for Energy Science in Okinawa, Japan. Wallace Memorial Honorific Fellow and Princeton Climate and Energy Scholars Fellow.
“I try to balance time in the lab with my other favorite pastimes—rock climbing, softball, racquet sports, seeing live music, and general tomfoolery.”