NASA Academy Scholar
MEET KILEY DONOHUE, a UNH senior Mechanical Engineering student who spent the summer at NASA Ames Research Ctr. in the heart of Silicon Valley as part of a NASA Academy program.
With encouragement from her advisor, Prof. May-Win Thein, and with funding from NH Space Grant Consortium, Kiley joined this 10-week program of research, professional development, and leadership experiences.
The curriculum included seminars, evening lectures, informal discussions, visits to NASA Centers and related companies, group projects, and direct contact with aerospace professionals in a supervised research project.
On an Aeronautics study track, Kiley conducted research within NASA Ames’ Rotorcraft Aeromechanics branch studying the implications of upcoming FAA regulations related to the commercial use of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles). Her research looked at vertical takeoff UAVs approaching the proposed 25kg weight limit—assessing the safety implications of these vehicles based on their size, rotor tip speed, outwash, and acoustic characteristics.
Along with their research, students are given a behind-the-scenes view of the agency, interacting with NASA leaders and collaborators in both industry and academia. The intent is to provide an experience to engage students and to interest them in a career with NASA.
Having toured JPL, CalTech, Lockheed Martin, SpaceX, Google, Tesla, and Skybox among many others; having seen both Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo and Scaled Composite’s Stratolaunch carrier up close, and having met several astronauts, Kiley is hooked.
"I would love to work at NASA—one day, for sure. My interest in space exploration inspired me to purse engineering so working with NASA researchers this summer fulfilled a lifelong dream. I learned so much; not only about my topic of research, but about how NASA acts as a both a government agency and industry collaborator. After seeing the current state of the art in aerospace firsthand this summer, I am so excited about what is to come and feel much closer to my goal of one day helping to further space exploration."
At present, though, she would like to complete a Master's degree in Mech. Engineering, possibly incorporating it with some work experience, before committing to an area of study for a Ph.D.
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