I’d like to thank everyone involved in making the NASA SHARP Program a success. This was truly a unique summer experience and I have learned a great deal. To all my fellow Sharpies, I’m glad I got to know all of you. Thanks for making my summer so much fun. Best of luck in all of your future endeavors.
Roommate: Anita Marie Adams
What did you think about living in your apartment?
My apartment was the quiet one. Since it lacked a television and videogames Sharpies tended to flock elsewhere. It was nice though to have a quite place to read and relax.
What did you learn from being in an apartment with other people?
Living together in the apartments allowed us to form a close community and served as a sort of “test run” for college dorm life. Although I have lived in a dorm setting before, this experience was unique in that we were responsible for cooking our own food. My experience will help me as I go on to live in other living situations with peers.
Describe what you did and learned at your summer work site.
While working at the Multidisciplinary Flight Dynamics & Control Lab, I worked to draw and analyze winglets for a Fuel Cell Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). I researched and learned the basic principles of aerodynamics and the benefits of winglets. I worked with I-DEAS CAD software to draw the airfoil and wire-frame of 4 winglets. I then used Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis to determine the aerodynamic efficiency of the various winglets at different angles of attack. I also tested the winglets in a sub-sonic wind tunnel and compared this data with past wind tunnel tests and the CFD results. This data will potentially be used by the UAV team to decide the design of their winglets.
What was your favorite experience at NASA SHARP?
My favorite experience would probably have to be going to Disneyland. We went during the second weekend of the program and even though we were still getting to know each other, it already felt like we were really close. Whether waiting in the line for Space Mountain (3 times), starting a screaming trend in a rather odd elevator, navigating through the crowd in a back massage train, or just watching fireworks, that day was definitely an amusing one.
Words to live by:
“Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Anthropologist, Margaret Mead