James Chism was raised in Hickory Withe, Tennessee and graduated from Mississippi State University in 2018 with a degree in Aerospace engineering and a minor in German. He will be attending the University of Tennessee Space Institute in the fall to pursue his Master’s degree. He is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hiking, fishing, and hunting. His research at Mississippi State focused on long range ballistic trajectories and subsonic bullet applications in wildlife management. With Horizon, he will be working on particle tracking in high speed imaging as well as assisting in high speed experimentation in wind tunnels.
Bobby Gustafson is from Franklin, Tennessee where he graduated from Centennial High School in 2014. He is currently a senior at Mississippi State University studying aerospace engineering. On campus, he is a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and serves as the Vice President of the student AIAA chapter. Outside of the classroom, you can catch Bobby rooting on the Mississippi State football team, traveling, playing intramurals, or working with his brother at a driveway repair business they started. Within HORIZON, he will be preparing the Mach 2.3 wind tunnel for its inaugural run along with optimizing operations for the Mach 4 wind tunnel.
Liece Tessman was raised in Fayetteville AR and Myrtle Beach SC. She is a rising sophomore and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville pursuing a bachelors in Aerospace Engineering. On campus she is a member of AIAA and the Society of Women Engineers. During the fall semester she plays piccolo for the Pride of the Southland marching band. With the HORIZON Research Group, she is working on designing an efficient system to change Mach 4 diaphragms and is assisting in designing a hollow cylinder flare to be placed in Mach 4.
Gabrielle Witt hails from Alexandria, Kentucky, and graduated from the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in 2017. She is a rising sophomore pursuing a bachelor’s in aerospace engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. On campus she is an active member of the Society of Women Engineers, AIAA, and the ENGAGE Leadership Team. Gabrielle currently volunteers as an Undergraduate research assistant at Knoxville, studying mechanical and material properties of additive manufacturing. At UTSI she is redesigning the test section of the Mach 2 wind tunnel and is updating the HORIZON website and media pages.