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     Date Submitted:31-03-2021
     Last Modified:31-03-2021 (08:18)
    Job information
     Current job:Graduate Research Assistant
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:US only
     Date available:within 2 months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Space Tourism
     KeywordsOrbital Dynamics, Machine Learning, Spacecraft Design, Model-Based Systems Engineering, In-Space Assembly

    Aerospace Engineering | Physics
    New US Permanent Resident 


    MS, Aerospace Engineering
    Virginia Tech (2022)

    BS, Aerospace Engineering
    BS, Physics
    Minor: Mathematics

    Virginia Tech (2019)

    Relevant Courses
    Machine Learning for Aerospace Systems
    Orbital Mechanics
    Model-Based Estimation
    Vehicle Dynamics & Control


    GNC & SE Lead: RASC-AL 2021
    | 08/2020 – Present 
    Co-founder of Virgina Tech’s first graduate RASC-AL team designing a low-mass Mars Ascent Vehicle for NASA’s human exploration missions
    Developing orbital dynamics models for launch and rendezvous with an Earth Transfer Vehicle
    Leading GNC system design and optimization
    Implementing system-integration models for full-architecture design and optimization
    Team Lead: RASC-AL 2019  | 08/2018 – 08/2019 
    Led 11-member winning team in designing a cislunar tug for NASA’s lunar Gateway  
    Modeled orbital dynamics of low-thrust cislunar maneuvers
    Led design of propulsion and GNC systems
    Developed system-integration models for full-architecture design and optimization
    Implemented a thorough systems engineering approach to translate high-level requirements into a feasible design
    Oversaw the implementation of sound engineering practices, with much energy dedicated to ensuring effective teamwork

    Part Owner: VT Motorsports
    | 01/2018 – 02/2019    
    Designed and tested aerodynamic structures for two half-size formula vehicles in coordination with 60+ engineering students
    Created 3D CAD models in large part assemblies
    Modeled aerodynamic and structural loads using FEA tools
    Manufactured and assembled aerodynamic structures using composite materials, welded structures, and bonding techniques
    Prepared and conducted wind tunnel, structural, and track tests to ensure aerodynamic structures met Formula SAE requirements

    Researcher: In-Space Assembly
    | 08/2020 – Present  
    Designing concepts to establish persistent autonomous assembly platforms in low Earth orbit
    Developing orbital dynamic models for rendezvous and proximity operations
    Researching path-optimization algorithms for autonomous maneuvering of small satellites
    GRA: SpaceDrones | 08/2020 – Present 
    Designing an autonomous drone student competition for Virginia’s Commonwealth Cyber Initiative BattleDrones competition
    Assembling and testing an autonomous drone base architecture to be used by participating teams
    Developing control and decision-making algorithms navigate course and counter cyber-physical obstacles
    GTA: ECE Senior Design | 08/2020 – Present 
    Mentored several engineering student teams in implementing sound design practices and methodologies
    Taught systems engineering design approach, from problem definition to trade studies and optimization
    Researcher: UAVs | 05/2018 – 08/2018  
    Led 3-member team in researching wind-induced flow of large bodies of water
    Configured and tested ground control software for autonomous multi-vehicle operations
    Analyzed GPS and telemetry data to characterize flow

    Researcher: Q-Weak
    | 08/2015 – 05/2016  
    Contributor in first-ever highly precise measurement of the proton’s weak charge at the Jefferson Lab 
    Analyzed large datasets of electron beam detector measurements to characterize helicity-dependent asymmetries


    Spacecraft Operations Engineer | 09/2019 – 03/2020
    Satellite mega-constellation looking to bring global internet connectivity by 2021
    Full-time offer: start delayed due to immigration delays
    Position cancelled due to covid-19 pandemic and bankruptcy filing  

    Continuous Improvement Intern
    | 10/2018 – 05/2019
    Led optimization of production line processes by applying continuous improvement practices
    Developed data-analysis tools to improve decision-making, BOMs, and inventory management


    Scripting & Programming
    MATLAB (4)
    Mathematica (4)
    Python (2)
    PyTorch (1)

    Modeling & Simulation
    Model-Based Systems Engineering (2)
    Blender (2)
    STK (1)
    Unigraphics NX (1)
    ModelCenter (<1)

    Manufacturing & Testing
    Composites (1)
    DFMA (1)
    Welded Structures & Bonding (1)
    Wind Tunnel Testing (<1)

    MS Word (5+)
    MS Excel (5+)
    MS PowerPoint (5+)
    LaTeX (5+)
    MS Excel VBA (<1)


    2019 NASA RASC-AL Competition
    First place in-theme
    Second place overall out of 80+ universities
    Invited to present at AIAA’s Propulsion & Energy Forum

    2019 Werner Von Braun Prize in Astronautics
    Awarded to best overall spacecraft design
    Additionally awarded best spacecraft poster design

    2019 Formula SAE Competition
    Finished 7th/76 in Lincoln’s EV Competition
    Finished 14th/108 in Michigan ICEV Competition

    Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society
    Membership awarded to individuals who attain high standards of general scholarship and outstanding achievement in physics

    Virginia Tech’s Dean List
    F13, F14, S15, F15, S18, F18, S19


    Project Luna: Hybrid Gateway-Based Cislunar Tug. AIAA Propulsion & Energy Forum. 2019

    Quadrotor-Assisted Characterization of Windage Factors for Search and Rescue of a Person in Water. AGU Fall. 2019  

    Multirotor-Assisted Measurements of Wind-Induced Drift of Objects in Aquatic Environments. Cornell University. 2020

    The Permittivity and Refractive Index Measurements of Doped Barium Titanate. Optical Materials Elsevier. 2017

    Optical Studies of Multifunctional Materials. VT Undergraduate Research & Creative Scholarship Conference. 2015

    Unpublished Manuscript: Exploring Systematic Errors in the Q-weak experiment. 2016



    Member | 05/2019 – Present

    InspireFly CubeSat
    Member | 09/2020 – 02/2021

    VT Motorsports
    Member | 01/2018 – 02/2019

    Planetary Society
    Member | 02/2020 – Present

    Society of Physics Students
    Board Member | 08/2015 – 05/2016

    Citizens Climate Lobby
    Volunteer | 01/2020 – 02/2021


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