"I applied to become more involved in research, to have a solidified project, not just a helper, and be able to present my project at the end of the year. I hope to learn more about space systems and satellite design, as well as determine a specialty for graduate school."
I am interested in satellite and spacecraft design, and approaching it from a systems engineering viewpoint. I am also interested in the dynamics, control, and attitude determination of spacecraft.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- Florida Engineering Society (2011-2012)
- Boeing Scholarship (2011-2012)
- College of Engineering CH2M Hill (2011-2012)
- Society of Women Engineers (2011-2012)
- Alpha Omega Epsilon International Engineering Sorority (2011-2012)
- Florida Bright Futures
- Space Systems Group
- Society of Women Engineers
- Dancin' Gators
I am involved with many engineering outreach activities through SWE. As External VP, I oversee the planning of SWE's outreach events, but I also highly enjoy volunteering at them.
Hobbies and Interests
- Dancing, hiking, being outdoors, and relaxing at the beach.
: A Systems Engineering Approach to Design, Fabrication, and Characterization of a Modern Spacecraft to Study Impact Patterns of Space Debris
Space debris is building up in orbit around the Earth and has collided with current satellites, such as the Cosmos-Iridium collision in 2009. While NASA was able to accurately predict the impact pattern of the retired Cosmos satellite, the NASA Breakup Model and more recent impact testing underestimated the number of fragments created by the in-use Iridium satellite. This project will focus on designing and building a “next-generation” satellite to more accurately portray modern satellites. This satellite will then be impacted at a NASA facility, followed by a post-impact characterization of its components in order to create an updated collision model. The scope of this project will be focused on the design and fabrication of the modern satellite. It will include all major subsystems, such as a 3-axis attitude control system (ACS), attitude determination system (ADS), electrical power system (EPS), command and data handling (CandDH), structure, thermal protection system (TPS), telemetry tracking and command (TTandC), propulsion system, and a baseline optical payload. This specific project will focus on defining a process for pico- and nano-satallites design. A systems engineering approach will be taken while studying this as well as other satellites built by the lab. This study will look at satellite design, quality control, design trades, as well as the design process. The spacecraft design process is split into five phases, A-E. Phase A, a feasibility analysis on the design concept, has been completed, and Phase B, a higher level design including determining power and cable requirements, is underway. Phase C and D encompass purchasing, prototyping, and assembling the design. This procedure will focus specifically on Assembly, Integration, and Testing (AIandT) and Phases C and D. Aspects of this study will include determining preliminary and final design gates, as well as the proper documentation of the assembly and testing processes.