Kaycee Edwards

Business Manager

Kaycee Edwards joined the University of Tennessee Space Institute in January 2014 as a service aide. She has worked in various departments in her time at UTSI before joining the Horizon group as the Business Manager in June 2019. As Business Manager, Kaycee handles all aspects of financial planning/forecasting, purchasing, and interfaces with sponsors on business operations. She has also helped with information security planning as dictated by ITAR protocols.

Before working with the Space Institute, Kaycee worked for Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg, TN as a student scholarship worker while attending Motlow State Community College.

Kaycee received her B.A. in Management and Human Relations from Trevecca Nazarene University in 2015 and is working towards obtaining her M.S. in Management.

Kirk Davenport

Research Associate II

Kirk Davenport joined the staff of the University of the Tennessee Space Institute in July of 2018. In his role as Research Associate, he provides engineering and research support for both current and future Hypersonic facilities at the University of Tennessee Space Institute.

Before working with the Horizon group Mr. Davenport helped to design and commission wind tunnels,  test facilities and facility support systems for government, academic and commercial clients at Jacobs Technology. Prior to his time there, Kirk worked at Varian Medical Systems where he developed process documentation and test systems for prototype x-ray tube manufacturing. Kirk has also supported the University of Tennessee Space Institute previously in his career during two separate internships with the institute.

Mr. Davenport received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah where he served on the Undergraduate Student Advisory Committee and as a Tau Beta Pi officer. He has held membership in ASME and the Society for Science and the Public.

Dr. Cary D. Smith

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Cary joined HORIZON as a post-doctoral researcher after completing his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in late 2020. Cary has a Bachelor’s in Aerospace Technology from Middle Tennessee State University and a Bachelor’s in Aerospace Engineering of UTK. He participated in the AFRL Summer Scholars program at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico during 2017 and was a winner of the Walter Lempert Paper Award present by the AMT Technical Committee of AIAA. He was also given the MABE Outstanding Graduate Student Award in 2020.