2017 Interns

Andrea Vancil

Andrea Vancil is a Memphis, TN, native and a recent graduate of Birmingham-Southern College with a B.S. in Physics and a B.A. in Religion. In the fall, she'll be a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Engineering Fundamentals program at The University of Tennessee at Knoxville while taking classes within the Aerospace Engineering department. She plans to join the HORIZON group at UTSI next fall as a Graduate Research Assistant and Ph.D. candidate in Aerospace Engineering. She is currently assisting the HORIZON group in the completion stages of the TALon Mach 4 wind tunnel facility and constructing an impedance tube for the group's use.

Autumn Douthitt

Autumn was born and raised in Clarksville, TN and graduated from Montgomery Central High School in 2013. She also completed her English and Calculus I and II credits at Austin Peay State University through a dual enrollment program before college. Autumn has recently graduated in May 2017 from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, TN with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering with a Bio-molecular concentration. On campus, she was actively involved with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and the TTU chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). She performed research all four years at Tennessee Tech and achieved Distinction in the Major after composing a mini-thesis and presenting her research pertaining to modeling electric field distributions of dividing cancer cells. Autumn has also participated in three NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer programs before graduating, which has provided her with a broad research background. Her research with the HORIZON group at UTSI focuses on Fast-response Pressure Sensitive Paint.

Kate Stamper

Kate Stamper was raised in Ooltewah, TN and graduated from the University of Tennessee Knoxville in 2017 with a degree in Aerospace Engineering through the Chancellor’s Honors Program. Her senior design project focused on developing a deep space mission using three separate spacecraft to reach three trans-Neptunian object systems with the use of a single launch vehicle and will be presented at the AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference in August. This summer, with the HORIZON group, she will be spearheading the redesign of the Mach 2 tunnel test section. She will be pursuing her Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Tennessee Space Institute in the fall working with the HORIZON group.

Kelsey Krause

Kelsey Krause was adopted from Russia at the age of four and lives in Franklin, Tennessee. She graduated from Centennial High School, and is a rising sophomore at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga pursuing a double major in civil and mechanical engineering. Kelsey is a member of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority where she participates in many philanthropic activities. She is an avid trap and skeet shooter. She is currently working with HORIZON to get UTSI more involved with Tennessee based gun manufacturers. Kelsey is also assisting in the remodeling and redesign of the Mach 2 tunnel test section.

Lauren Lester

Lauren Lester was raised in Millington, TN. She is currently a senior at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville studying Mechanical Engineering with an Aerospace Minor. On campus, she is the AIAA Knoxville chapter president, and a MABE department representative for the College of Engineering’s Women’s Leadership Council. With HORIZON, she will be creating an axisymmetric model test for Mach 2 transitional shockwave/ boundary layer interactions, and assisting with the redesign of the Mach 2 tunnel test section.

Matthew Schwartz

Matthew Schwartz was raised in Nashville, TN, and graduated from The University of Tennessee Knoxville with an Aerospace Engineering degree in May 2017. He will be attending the University of Tennessee Space Institute in the fall to pursue his Master’s Degree. He was a member of the VolatomiX breakdance team, snowboard club, and an officer of the AIAA Knoxville chapter. He will be working on test cases using US3D with HORIZON. He also will be assisting with various other CFD and MATLAB projects.

Patrick Miga

Patrick was raised in Lisle, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, and currently attends the Georgia Institute of Technology as a rising junior majoring in Aerospace Engineering. At school, he is the Vice President of the Roller Hockey Club, is a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, and does research in the Aerospace Systems Design Lab. He is a returning intern from the previous summer where he conducted testing of diaphragm bursts and created a preliminary design for a new Mach 2 test section. This summer he will be responsible for assisting in the completion of the Mach 4 TALon facility by performing calculations to determine loads on the tunnel and that safety measures are in place, creating models, and selecting as well as installing instrumentation.

Richard Nelson

Richard Nelson grew up in Tullahoma, TN and graduated from Tullahoma High School in 2013. He is currently a senior at Auburn University expecting to graduate in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. Richard is heavily involved with several musical groups and is a contracted Air Force ROTC cadet. Upon graduation, Richard will receive commission as an Air Force officer and pursue a career as an Air Force pilot. His primary duties with the UTSI HORIZON research team are centered around renovating and conducting experiments with the UTSI water tunnel.

Sam Golter

Samantha Golter is from Hendersonville, TN, and is currently a sophomore attending the University of Tennessee, Knoxville pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering with an Honors Concentration. On campus, she works as an Engineering Ambassador representing the Tickle College of Engineering and as a note taker for the Office of Disability Services. In addition, Samantha is heavily involved with the Society of Women Engineers, intramural volleyball, Engineering Mentor Program, and AIAA. With the HORIZON Research Group, she is working on the calibration and renovation of the UTSI water tunnel. She also oversees website maintenance and social media presence.

Slade Spry

Slade Spry was raised in Beechgrove, TN, but went to school in Manchester, TN and graduated Coffee County Central High School in May 2015. Currently, he is a rising junior Electrical Engineering student at Tennessee Technological University. On campus, Slade is a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Slade’s expected graduation date is December 2019. His hobbies include watching college football and playing guitar. With HORIZON, he will be working to update the schlieren LED electronics and housing, and characterizing schlieren LED light output.