CV: Research Assistant



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 Date Submitted:02-08-2017
 Last Modified:06-11-2018 (07:38)
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 Current job:Research Assistant
 Employment Term:Permanent
 Job location:Anywhere
 Date available:within a month
 Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Business Services
 KeywordsSystems engineering, Gas Dynamics, Propulsion, Project Management, Aerospace Engineer, Technical Business Development


University of Michigan, College of Engineering                                   Ann Arbor, MI

Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering                                        2017

Focus: Gas Dynamics (GPA: 3.89/4.00)                                                      

Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering                                    2016

(GPA: 3.73/4.00, University Honors & Dean’s List)                                    

International Minor for Engineers


Ecole Nationale de l'Aviation Civile, Study Abroad Program                                 Toulouse, France

Aircraft Structures and Safety, Airline Economics, Propulsion and Combustion               Summer 2014


International Space University, Space Studies Program (SSP)                  Delft, Netherlands

Participated in Policy, Economics and Law department                                    Summer 2018

Participated in team project to provide weather forecasting solutions to the power industry



PROJECT MANAGER                                                             Delft, Netherlands

Team Project, International Space University                             Summer 2018

- Managed a multidisciplinary team of 33 participants from 19 different countries

- Maintained overall project scope and team goals on schedule

- Conducted a market analysis of the power industry to determine impact of inaccurate weather forecasts

- Designed a small satellite constellation to provide improved weather forecasting

- Reviewed and edited reports and all final deliverables


Policy, Economics, and Law Department

- Participated in a UN COPUOS simulation to create a new lunar governance treaty

- Co-authored a paper and presented results at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2018)


PROJECT LEAD                                                            Ann Arbor, MI

M-BARC, University of Michigan CubeSat Project              May 2016 – May 2018

- Responsible for managing and coordinating with all subsystems and launch provider

- Previously led the propulsion and tracking subsystems

- Wrote a winning proposal to secure a launch opportunity with United Launch Alliance

- Developed CAD models for 3U CubeSat using SolidWorks

- Performed FEA to simulate launch conditions using Ansys

- Conducted thermal analysis of CubeSat surfaces using a MATLAB-based analysis tool

- Created a CAD model and built a prototype for an antenna deployment mechanism

- Analyzed trade studies to select a propulsion system based on mission requirements

- Prepared requirements documents for propulsion systems

- Developed the design of a retroreflector array for passive tracking

- Researched and simulated the feasibility of telescopic tracking in a Geostationary Transfer Orbit using STK

- Developed Interface Control Documents for hosted science payload on CubeSat 

- Oversaw overall systems development, documentation, and integration


GRADUATE STUDENT INSTRUCTOR                          September 2016 – April 2017

- Instructor for senior-level Aerospace Engineering lab

- Introduced and developed tutorials for lab equipment operation to facilitate labs

- Supervised student projects and provided feedback on presentations and reports


RESEARCH ASSISTANT                                           Fall 2015

- Completed data analysis for a 2D numerical simulation of a turbulent jet flame over multiple planes

- Programmed with MATLAB to compute and illustrate kinematic quantities across the jet flame


PROJECT MANAGER                                             Ann Arbor, MI

MBuRST, High Altitude Balloon Team                       January 2014 – April 2017

- High altitude balloon team affiliated with the Student Space Systems Fabrication Lab (S3FL)

- Tested CubeSat structure in a vacuum chamber and researched payload insulation options for near space environments

- Modified the design for a Flight Termination Unit to increase efficiency using Altium

- Developed a Control Descent Parafoil System to effectively navigate a balloon payload

- Executed and supervised launch preparation and operations

- Provided launch assistance for graduate-level space instrumentation class

- Served on the Executive Committee as Public Relations Chair and liaison between S3FL and MBuRST


INTERN                                                       Dubai, UAE

Lufthansa Technik                                        Summer 2015

- Primarily worked with Boeing 767/757 and Airbus 330/340 aircraft

- Executed test procedures and systems checks in the cockpit to ensure airworthiness

- Performed 100+ pre-flight checks

- Attended to maintenance issues in the aircraft cabin

- Worked directly with the engineering and maintenance team, flight crew and ground operations team


Lufthansa Cargo                                               Summer 2014

- Implemented flight loading plans for Boeing 777 and MD-11 freighters to optimize flight operations

- Compiled and analyzed data for the tracing department to track performance of cargo tracing


TEAM LEAD                                                  Ann Arbor, MI

HPH, Helio-Powered Helicopter team               September 2012 – April 2016

- Developed CAD models for helicopter parts

- 3D printed and laser cut components for the helicopter

- Investigated carbon fiber layup techniques

- Utilized various carbon fiber techniques to fabricate rotor leading and trailing edges, and trusses for spars



Technical Skills

Programming: C++, MATLAB

CAD: SolidWorks, AutoCAD

Simulation/Design: STK, Ansys, Altium

Office: Microsoft Word, Excel, Project, Access, PowerPoint

Systems Engineering: Systems design and integration, Requirements creation and verification, Interface Control Documents, Feasibility and Trade studies


- English (Fluent)

- French (Proficient)

- Telugu (Colloquial)


                                                              EXTRA CURRICULAR                                                       

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)               Ann Arbor, MI

Education and Public Outreach Liaison                                                January 2014 – December 2016

- Coordinated STEM outreach events for middle school students

- Made presentations and displays, and used social media to create awareness for International Women’s Day


Koinonia Community                           Nairobi, Kenya

Volunteer                                              May 2013 – July 2013

- Worked at rehabilitation center for street children

- Designed lesson plans and tutored the children in math and science

- Set up an art center and introduced the children to various arts and craft

- Initiated an effort for the center to fundraise by selling artifacts designed and built by the children

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