Adam Harris was raised in Clarksville Tennessee, and graduated from the University of Tennessee in December of 2015 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Minor in Aerospace Engineering. During his time in school Adam did a Co-op with BSH, Bosch and Siemens Home division as a Manufacturing Engineer. Recently, he also interned for NASA at Johnson Space Center working for the Safety Division as a reliability and maintainability analyst for the International Space Station. Adam is currently pursuing his Masters in Aerospace Engineering and is beginning his research on hypersonic wind tunnels.
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.
Brian Kocher grew up in Beavercreek, Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State University in 2013 with a degree in Aerospace Engineering with a Business Minor. Throughout his undergrad, Brian worked with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Currently, he is funded under the SMART scholarship with the AFRL/RQHX at AEDC and is pursuing his Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering at UTSI researching surface roughness effects on supersonic flows.
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.
Kevin received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2007 and his M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Tennessee Space Institute in 2012. He has been working at Arnold Engineering Development Complex since the summer of 2007, and currently works in the area of high speed air-breathing propulsion.
Lara Lash was raised in Northern Virginia and obtained her Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Lafayette College in 2013. She completed her Master’s in Aerospace Engineering in May 2015 on a trajectory analysis comparing a conventional bell nozzle to an aerospike nozzle for single-stage to orbit flight. She has previously conducted research that involved space environment simulation and combustion instability. Currently, she is working to characterize the unsteady dynamics of transitional shock wave-boundary layer interactions generated by a cylinder on a flat plate as part of her dissertation research. This work is sponsored by the Office of Naval Research.
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. This summer at HORIZON, he worked on test cases using US3D and assisted with various other CFD and MATLAB projects. Matthew will be beginning graduate school at UTSI in the fall of 2017.
Stefen Lindorfer graduated from Purdue University in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, and from the University of Tennessee Space Institute in May 2017 with a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering. Stefen is currently a Graduate Research Assistant at UTSI, pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Aerospace Engineering. His research interests are applied aerodynamics by computational means. He has performed numerical design advancements and a flow quality investigation on a Mach 4 Ludwieg Tube, which will be operational by the summer of 2017. As part of his Master’s thesis, Stefen studied shock wave/boundary layer interactions (SWBLIs or SBLIs) on a standing cylinder by means of CFD, in collaboration with the experimental research performed by the Horizon group. His doctoral research is an extension of this work, focusing on the effects of the ratio of cylinder diameter to boundary layer thickness, both on and off the centerline.
Stu was born & raised in Northern Virginia and received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from UVa in the spring of 2013. His current research is in laminar-turbulent transition, and is working on the computational design of a planar hypersonic quiet nozzle. He currently works at the Arnold Engineering Development Complex as a CFD analyst.