Student Profile: Chelsea Graf
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.