2018 AEROS Scholars

2018 Recipients

Arjun Agarwal
2018 AEROS Department Scholar

Arjun Agarwal is a rising junior Aerospace Engineering student. As a member of Gemstone Team OPTIC, he is working on a four-year research project improving underwater wireless communication networks using Visual Light Communication. Arjun started conducting research with Dr. Sedwick in the Space Power and Propulsion Laboratory (SPPL) during his freshman year. He assisted with the investigation of the use of heat picks for future icy-moon rover transportation. In addition to SPPL, he has also been involved in research focusing on X-ray pulsar navigation and guidance for spacecraft. He has also been briefly involved in Dr. Hu’s laboratory for mass producing energetic materials. Arjun has presented his research at the 2018 AIAA Student Conference and at UMD’s Undergraduate Research Day. This summer, Arjun will be doing his research with Dr. Sedwick at SPPL on electrodeless thrusters that include superconducting coils for electric propulsion.

Kevin Braga
2018 AEROS Department Scholar

Kevin Braga is a rising senior in the air track, and he is currently pursuing a minor in physics. Apart from his academic requirements, he also enjoys exploring topics in applied mathematics. As such, he was introduced to mathematical chaos in discrete-time dynamical systems through the math department’s Directed Reading Program. Over the past three semesters, Kevin worked in Dr. Lathrop’s Nonlinear Dynamics Lab as an undergraduate researcher. In the lab, he performed video-data analysis of superfluid helium across its transition temperature, and he investigated the possibility of establishing the Hall Effect in charged, granular flow. This summer, he will be organizing the petascale database and Matlab postprocessing codes at the CRoCCo lab and determining the different spatio-temporal correlations of turbulent boundary layers in the presence of energy transfer mechanisms between the thermal and kinetic fields under Dr. Pino Martin’s supervision. 

Nikhil Gupta
2018 AEROS Brin Scholar

Nikhil is a rising junior and serves as a member of Sigma Gamma Tau, the aerospace honors society, and a tutor for the department’s Academic Match program. Nikhil’s previous research/internship experience includes modeling spacecraft subsystems through MATLAB & Simulink at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. He will be working with Dr. Huan Xu this summer on UAV swarm tactics in an urban setting. Heavy emphasis will be placed on coding algorithms, for all 25-50 agents to interact with each other, motion planning, and quadrotor dynamics.

Charles Hanner
2018 AEROS Brin Scholar

Charles is a rising junior in the Aerospace Engineering Department and a member of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Honors College. Charles started conducting research at the Space Systems Laboratory and Neutral Buoyancy Research Facility during his freshman year under the supervision of Dr. Dave Akin. He has worked on projects such as SCOUT (a single person spacecraft), X-HAB (a habitat design and human factors assessment program), and RANGER (a satellite servicing robot). This summer, Charles will be working on SCAMP (Space Characterization and Assessment of Manipulator Performance), a project that will aid in the assessment of a manipulator's stability when an impeding force is applied in a microgravity environment, and investigate the ability to detect changes in mass within an end effector through a moving moment of inertia.

Zachary Hoover
2018 AEROS Brin Scholar

Zachary Hoover is a rising junior Aerospace student, he is interested in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and more specifically quadcopters. He is a member of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity and helps out with the MAV team. This summer, he will be working with Dr. Michael Otte on a large group of about 300 kilobots. He hopes to program, test and troubleshoot them using C programming so they work together as a collective group. With this group functionality, he hopes to make the kilobots arrange themselves into different formations and collectively transport objects similarly to a colony of ants. Although these kilobots are not capable of much at their small size the way they work together as a group instead of individual counterparts is very helpful if they were to be scaled up.

Akshay Menon
2018 AEROS Brin Scholar

Akshay is a rising senior studying Aerospace Engineering in the Aeronautics track. He is currently a member of the UMD Hyperloop team working on Hydraulics, Pneumatics & Electromechanical actuation methods. Akshay’s previous experience includes participation in the Balloon Payload Program where he built a payload that measured solar power during the 2017 solar eclipse. In the summer of 2017, Akshay assisted Dr. Ghada Bassioni at the Combustions Research Laboratory in preparing Nickel-Zinc-Aluminum as well as Zinc-Aluminum catalysts to observe their performance in oxygen extraction for combustion purposes. This summer, he will be working under Dr. Wereley to perform research on Extensile & Contractile Pneumatic Artificial Muscles (E-PAM/C-PAM) and soft robotics, more specifically on constructing ossicle structures for preferential bending of artificial muscles.

Ian Moss
2018 AEROS Sikorsky Scholar

Ian Moss is a rising junior studying Aerospace Engineering. He has completed the FIRE research stream for autonomous unmanned systems and currently works with the University’s autonomous micro-air vehicle TerpCopter team. He has previously worked as an engineering intern for the Montgomery County Government Department of Transportation. This summer, he will be working under Dr. Paley to develop a Matlab GUI for drone control and then automate its control using ROS to further the team’s efforts onto the following academic year.

Steven Neubauer
2018 AEROS Anderson Scholar

Steven Neubauer is a rising junior and member of Theta Tau on campus.  Steven’s research this summer will be focused on the Naval Surface Warfare Center’s (NSWC) new Extreme Power Internal Combustion (EPIC) engine.  He will be using the thermodynamic model of the engine to determine performance sensitivity to various design changes, and he will perform experiments on a prototype of the engine to measure pressures and airflow rates as a function of crank angle.  Steven will be working with Dr. Cadou this summer to use these measurements to validate and refine the EPIC engine model.  

Nicolo Primerano
2018 AEROS Sikorsky Scholar

Nicolo Primerano is a rising junior in Sigma Gamma Tau, the aerospace engineering honors society, as well as a brother of the professional engineering fraternity, Theta Tau. For Theta Tau, he is a representative for the Professional Greek Council. In addition, he is a member of the QUEST Honors Program on campus. This summer, Nicolo will be working in the Rotorcraft Center with Dr. Bauknecht on a compound helicopter test rig. More specifically, he will be designing and developing the aft of the rig for use in the wind tunnel on campus. The aft section will have a propeller to drive the compound helicopter in forward flight at higher speeds when the main rotor will not be as effective. In designing this section, he will have to make both the propeller and the horizontal stabilizers able to adjust in the vertical direction to find the optimal location for them. Observations will be possible through the use of Particle Image Velocimetry and force measurements to find this optimal positioning for those parts. Nicolo’s goal through this project is to gain hands-on research experience and apply the theory he learns in class to a real-life application.

Nicholas Rehm
2018 AEROS Brin Scholar

Nicholas Rehm is a rising senior in aerospace engineering on the air track. He currently serves as the student advisor for RC Flying Terps, the first university-recognized club dedicated to building and flying radio controlled aircraft. He has also served as the structures and controls team leader on the Gamera-S solar powered helicopter project. Nicholas has competed in the American Helicopter Society MAV student challenge for the past two years and was awarded first place in 2017, and best design in 2018. Alongside this, he has also served as a pilot and undergraduate researcher at the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center. This past summer, his work there included the design, fabrication, and testing of a cyclorotor MAV which was used in system identification and the implementation of a new control strategy. This summer, Nicholas will be working on stall avoidance and turbulence mitigation for fixed-wing MAVs. This will be achieved through a unique cyber-physical “smart wing” with flow sensing abilities to supplement existing control systems.

Brady Sack
2018 AEROS Department Scholar

Brady Sack is a rising junior in the aerospace honors program and plans to pursue the space track. In addition to aerospace, he is working towards a minor in physics. Throughout the past two semesters, he has worked as an undergraduate researcher and research diver at the Neutral Buoyancy Research Facility under the direction of Dr. Dave Akin. He is also involved with the Gemstone Honors Program as a member of Team Visor which aims to integrate augmented reality into existing spacesuit technologies. This summer he will work with Dr. Akin to design Biobot – a robotic life support rover intended to offload the weight of a spacesuit to allow for longer extravehicular activities. Outside of aerospace, Brady is the logistics director for Relay for Life, an on-campus fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

Sharon Shallom
2018 AEROS Brin Scholar

Sharon is a rising junior in the aerospace department and is an active member of AIAA, Society of Women Engineers, Alpha Phi Omega (Professional Service Fraternity), and Terps Against Hunger. Sharon has interned at Virginia Tech’s Center for Space and Engineering as well as Epidemiology Unit at the NIH. This summer, she will organize a course with several obstructions that impede level flight and will use small quad-copter drones equipped with a collision avoidance system that combines a detect and avoid algorithm with a traffic tracking system to conduct multiple test runs each day until the system works flawlessly in any situation. She will record a wide array of telemetric data using a multitude of software systems and then analyze it to determine the necessary improvements that must be made to the system.

Ben Tanner
2018 AEROS Sikorsky Scholar

Ben is a rising junior from New York and a student in the aerospace engineering program. Ben just completed a semester interning at NASA’s Johnson Space Center with the Engineering Structures branch in Houston, TX. Last summer, he conducted research with Dr. Wereley and Dr. Becnel involving mechanical testing of dual extrusion 3D printed specimens. Building off this research, Ben and his team partner won second prize in a dual extrusion Design Competition sponsored by Northrop Grumman. He also serves as the Community Service Chair for the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity. This summer, Ben will be working with Dr. Wereley to produce a 3-layered flexible composite skin structure that will have a Poisson’s ratio equal to zero. The end result of this research will be the application of this morphing skin onto a flexible airfoil or soft robot prototype, which will demonstrate the composite skin’s feasibility to be used in future technologies and designs.

Brandon Tsou
2018 AEROS Department Scholar

Brandon is a rising junior in the aerospace department. He is a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity and will be spending the summer working on a project involving Magnetorheological Fluids. He will be replacing magnetic particles with nonmagnetic ones in order to increase yield stress and other properties.


Tomohiro Yamaguchi
2018 AEROS Department Scholar

Tomohiro Yamaguchi is a rising junior in the aerospace honors program and a member of AIAA. He is also a member of the UMD Model Congress club and the President of the UMD Archery Club. For the past two years, he has worked with the UMD Balloon Payload Program (BPP) headed by Dr. Bowden. The BPP develops scientific and engineering payloads for high altitude balloon flights. This summer, he will be working on the Mobile Antenna Pointing System (MAPS), which is a stabilization and tracking system for a vehicle mounted antenna. The system will consist of a motorized gimbal mounted on the chase vehicle that will keep the antenna pointing at the balloon as it rises.

Jeffrey Zhu
2018 AEROS Department Scholar

Jeffrey Zhu is a rising junior in the aerospace engineering program. He is currently a member of UMD Loop, the university’s Hyperloop Competition Team, and active member of the UMD’s AIAA student chapter. Jeffrey’s previous research experience includes designing and prototyping a parallel jaw mechanism for neutral buoyancy testing at the Neutral Buoyancy Research Facility. This summer, he will be conducting human factor testing on a series of evolving designs for Biobot, an autonomous life support robot. The goal of this research is to develop a guide for an umbilical cord that does not interfere with physical spacesuit movements. 

Past AEROS Recipients

Rosemary Davidson

Rosemary Davidson is a rising senior in the aerospace honors program and is on the space track. She is also the current president of the Women in Aeronautics and Astronautics (WIAA) organization and vice president of the Sigma Gamma Tau National Aerospace Engineering Honor Society. In previous years, Rosemary has worked at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in the Mechanical Engineering, Attitude Control Systems Engineering, and Heliophysics Branches. This summer, she will be analyzing different guidance, navigation, and control algorithms and implementing the most effective of the methods for a CubeSat in Low-Earth Orbit.

Ehiremen Ebewele

Ehirmen Ebewele is a rising senior in the aerospace engineering honors program.  He is a member of AIAA and serves as an Academic Excellence Committee member for Black Engineering Society UMD. Last summer, Ehiremen performed research on the aerodynamic performance of a micro air vehicle in forward flight in order to generate data that could be used in numerical analysis to assist with computational models used in optimizing quadrotor performance. This past spring semester, he participated in the 2017 AHS Annual Student Design Competition in a group of 4 students to design and build a quadrotor capable of delivering and acquiring small packages. The team came in 1st place in the competition. As a continuation of recent research work, this summer Ehriemen will be conducting research on achieving autonomous control of the MAV while performing package delivery and pickup, focusing on the incorporation of SnapDragon flight hardware on a quadrotor. 

Christopher Kennedy

Christopher Kenned is a rising senior and a student in the aerospace honors program. In addition to studying aerospace, he is completing a computer science minor and serves as the founding father of the UMD chapter of the Pi Kappa Phi social fraternity. Christopher’s previous research experience includes a position at Centeye Inc. to aid in the development of a vision-based system that enables autonomous obstacle avoidance for micro air vehicles in GPS-denied environments. This summer, Christopher is working with Dr. Huan Xu on validation of a Hierarchical 3D path planning algorithm. This will be implemented in a multi-agent system in order to make use of cooperative sensing and localization in order to better traverse an environment.

James Kim

James Kim is a rising junior in the aerospace engineering honors program, and a member of Theta Tau as well as AIAA. He will be spending the summer working with Dr. Laurence on developing a shock tunnel in the High-Speed Aerodynamics and Propulsion lab and analyzing flows over a Mars capsule model inside the tunnel. 

Nathan Schilling

Nathan is a rising senior and a member of AIAA as well as Sigma Gamma Tau, the aerospace engineering honors society. Outside of aerospace, Nathan is involved in UMD’s Club Ballroom Dance as well as the Argentine Tango Social Club. He is also the host of Blues Branches radio show on WMUC 88.1 College Park. Nathan’s previous research experience includes a systems engineering co-op at Sikorsky Aircraft where he assisted with the development of CH-53K aircraft. Nathan’s research this summer will investigate how adding permanent magnets to an IEC type fusion reactor will improve electron confinement and fusion power in the core.

Cole Sousa

Cole is a rising senior in the aerospace honors program. He is also a member of the Design Build and Fly team for the 2017-2018 year, and a club officer of UMD Men’s Ice Hockey Club. Cole’s previous experience includes a co-op in the Materials and Process Engineering department for GE Aviation, as well as research with Dr. Anubhav Datta on solutions for high speed tilt-rotors. This summer, Cole will be working with Dr. Stuart Laurence to map and analyze the trajectories of free-flying objects interacting with a planar oblique shock in hypersonic airflow. The goal of his summer research is to be able to compare experimental and computational results. This body of research has implications for high speed fragmentation, such as meteoroid fragmentation, and explaining separation trajectories and velocities. 

Derek Thompson

Derek Thompson is a rising senior and an officer for UMD’s Sailing Team as well as the Maryland Unmanned Aerial Systems Club. He will be working with Dr. Huan Xu this summer to research different methods of obstacle avoidance algorithms for fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).  

Jacob Zembower

Jacob Zembower is a rising senior and a member Sigma Gamma Tau, the aerospace engineering honors society. Jacob currently works at The David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora on campus. Last summer, Jacob worked with Dr. Norman Wereley designing and testing a magnetorheological fluid-based universal gripper. He will continue conducting research with Dr. Wereley this summer to design and test a soft robotic gripper that will be constructed using flexible 3D printer filament and controlled using an electromagnet.  


Jean-Luis Betancourt
2016 Sikorsky AEROS Scholar

Jean-Luis Betancourt is a rising senior in the aerospace honors program. With the advisement of Dr. Chris Cadou, Jean-Luis’s research involves developing two thrust stands capable of measuring the transient thrust developed by pulse detonating engines and the steady state thrust from small gas turbine engines. He plans on going to graduate school and specializing in either [dynamics or control] or [propulsion/ aerodynamics].

Ehiremen Ebewele
2016 ASPIRE Scholar

Ehiremen Ebewele is a rising junior in the Aerospace Engineering Department and is also a  student in the Aerospace honors program. He is also a research assistant working under Dr.  Alison Flatau in the aerospace department on measurements of facial features of patient  scans on Measured Changes in Limbal Strain During Simulated Sleep in Face Down Position  using an Instrumented Contact Lens in Healthy Adults and Adults With Glaucoma. Last  summer, Ehiremen was awarded with the Summer 2015 aspire scholarship, where he  worked under Dr. James Baeder with a team of students on the building and testing of a  horizontal axis wind turbine. This summer Ehiremen was again awarded with the Aspire  summer 2016 scholarship where he will working with Dr. Vikram on the Aerodynamic  performance of quadrotor MAV in forward flight.

Eric Frizzell
2016 Department AEROS Scholar

Eric Frizzell is a Junior Aerospace Engineering Honors Student and currently serves as Secretary on the board of UMD's Sigma Gamma Tau National Aerospace Engineering Society. He is especially interested in harvesting space resources to supplement growing global energy needs. He will spend this summer conducting research with Dr. Sedwick under the Center for Orbital Debris Research and Education. His focus will be utilizing GPUs to speed conjunction assessment. Before pursuing his engineering degree, Eric earned his B.S in Economics from the University of Michigan.

Phil Kirk
2016 Sikorsky AEROS Scholar

Phil Kirk is a rising senior in Aerospace Engineering Honors, a Banneker/Key scholar, and a member of the RISE Leadership Academy. Phil has years of exposure to aerospace research, working as a lab assistant in the Space Systems Lab and the Autonomous Vehicle Lab. This summer, Phil will be starting his own research project with Dr. Anya Jones, studying the aerodynamics of flow reattachment on helicopter rotors to improve helicopter performance at high forward speeds. In the future, Phil hopes to pursue graduate studies at UMD.

Brian (Jung) Lee
2016 ASPIRE Scholar

Brian (Jung) Lee is a rising senior in Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science. As a part of the Aerospace Engineering Honors program at the University of Maryland he is pursuing research with the Institute for Systems Research in mission planning for multi-UAV systems. His field of interest lies in the implementation of machine learning for autonomous mission planning, and this summer he is implementing computer vision for obstacle detection and environment mapping for planar navigation with the Institute for Systems Research.

Spencer Levin
2016 ASPIRE Scholar

Spencer Levin is a rising senior Aerospace Engineering student. He earned his College Park Scholars citation from the Science, Discovery, and the Universe program. He previously volunteered in the Space Power and Propulsion Lab. He is currently researching the development of a voice control system for robotic manipulators in Dr. Akin’s Space Systems Lab.

Jacob McCullum
2016 ASPIRE Scholar

Jacob McCullum is a rising junior Aerospace Engineering Honors and University Honors student. He is also a member of the AIAA, and he is an assistant for the Design Build and Fly team. Jacob has aspirations to work in the defense industry, and he plans on pursuing a private pilot’s license in his spare time. Jacob will be conducting structural health monitoring research under Dr. Norman Wereley starting this summer by designing and fabricating a setup which will support an F-18 wing for future SHM tests. The overall goals of the research are improved safety and maintenance practices in the aerospace industry through more reliable data collection of an aircraft's structural condition.

Kate Melone
2016 Anderson AEROS Scholar

Kate Melone is a junior studying Aerospace Engineering with a passion for manned space exploration. She currently works on campus in the Space Systems Lab, was treasurer of WIAA (fall 2015-spring 2016), and is a Clark School Ambassador. She has worked at NASA Johnson Space Center for the past two summers, and will be returning this fall 2016 for a NASA Pathways Co-Op. Kate hopes to work full time at NASA JSC, and become an astronaut. In her free time, Kate enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing strategy games, playing/watching sports, listening to music, go-karting, and watching Leave It to Beaver.

Patrick Washington
2016 Gessow AEROS Scholar

Patrick Washington is a junior Aerospace Engineering Honors and University Honors student. He is a member of the Club Baseball team and is looking forward to joining Design Build Fly in the fall. Patrick has been working in the Collective Dynamics and Control Laboratory since freshman year, most recently on a soft robotic fish. This summer, he will be working on his Aerospace Honors project under Dr. Wereley and Dr. Paley to develop Hydraulic Artificial Muscles.

Benjamin Williams
2016 ASPIRE Scholar

Benjamin Williams is a rising junior Aerospace Engineering Honors and University Honors student. He is the President of the Terrapin Rocket club and recently led the team to its first competition victory. He is currently developing an unconventional micro air vehicle (MAV) called the All-Terrain Cyclocopter at the MAV Laboratory under the supervision of Dr. Inderjit Chopra and Elena Shrestha. This summer, he will be continuing this research and plans to publish a technical paper for the AIAA SciTech Conference. For the 2016-2017 school year, he will interning as a Production Engineer working on Falcon 9 Manufacturing at SpaceX in Hawthorne, CA.


Ignacio Andreu

Ignacio Andreu is a raising senior Aerospace Engineering Honors student with a minor in Physics. He is a member of the University's sailing team, and he is looking forward towards being team leader for the Design Build Fly team next year. Las summer, Ignacio worked in the Low Reynolds Number Aerodynamics Laboratory helping a Phd student with his research in reverse flow applied to high speed helicopters. He will work in the same lab this summer researching the flow on a wing with impulsive camber. The interest in this study comes from multi-element rigid sails and the characteristics of wings encountering gusts.

Zachariah Brown

Zachariah Brown is a junior Aerospace Engineering Honors and University Honors student. He is also a member of the RISE Leadership Academy, a Teaching Fellow for ENES100, and current Vice-President of the student AIAA chapter. Last summer Zachariah was awarded an Undergraduate Summer Research Grant to research combustion phenomena in a miniature supersonic burner at Texas A&M University under Dr. Adonios Karpetis. Currently Zachariah is researching the development of a superconducting magnet system for a helicon plasma thruster in the Space Power and Propulsion Lab under Dr. Raymond Sedwick.

Joseph Cozzo

Joseph Cozzo is a rising senior Aerospace Engineering Honors student who is also pursuing a minor in astronomy at the University of Maryland. He is a member of the aerospace honors society Sigma Gamma Tau and UMD’s RISE Leadership Academy and is the current president of the Experimental Flying Club. This summer he will be continuing his research with Dr. Flatau on the use of thin-film magnetostrictive Galfenol as a non-contact torque sensor. He will be developing a simulated model of the system and using the results of that simulation to further the physical testing of the thin-film galfenol.

Nathaniel Kruder

Nathaniel Kruder is a junior Aerospace Engineering Honors student and a Gemstone Honors student. In addition, he is a member of RISE Leadership Academy and a section leader for GEMS102/GEMS202. Nathaniel has previously worked at NAVAIR on small unmanned aerial vehicles. This summer, he will be working with Dr. Cadou to explore the viability of using gas propulsion systems on small UAVs (100g or less) instead of the current electric propulsion systems.

Nathan Lauer

Nathan Lauer is a senior majoring in Aerospace Engineering. He has always had a passion for airplanes and a dream of becoming an aerospace engineer and a pilot. He is currently training for his private pilot’s license with more than 130 hours of flight training completed. He also enjoys working with computers, so he decided to declare a double major in Computer Science. In the future, he hopes to work in GNC, avionics, or embedded flight software systems. This will allow him the opportunity to combine his two favorite fields--aerospace and computer science. He also plans to pursue his graduate studies in Aerospace Engineering. He is currently conducting research with Dr. Derek Paley on the experimental validation of wake sensing and estimation for control of autonomous aircraft in formation flight.

Kyle Meyers

Kyle Meyers is a senior Aerospace Engineering Honors student. He is involved with the RISE Leadership Program, and he will be president of the student chapter of Sigma Gamma Tau for the 2015-2016 year. Kyle is doing research under Dr. Alison Flatau in the Magnetostrictive Materials Lab to fulfill his aerospace honors research project. He will be utilizing CFD simulation to aid the design of a low-cost, bio-inspired sensor that dynamically responds to low speed water flow.

Atif Salahudeen

Atif Salahudeen is a rising senior Aerospace Engineering Honors student with a minor in Engineering Leadership and Development. He is also a member of the University Honors program. This summer, Atif will be working with Dr. James Baeder on designing and testing a wind turbine prototype for the University of Maryland’s Wind TERPines’ entry into the Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition.

Matthew Shumate

Matthew Shumate is a senior majoring in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Engineering Leadership Development. He is a University Honors student and a member of the AIAA. His interests include aerodynamics and aerospace structures. This summer, Matthew will be working with Dr. Baeder to design, manufacture, and test a prototype wind turbine. The amount of power the turbine can produce at various wind speeds will be recorded and used to assist the University of Maryland Collegiate Wind Competition Team in the construction of their wind turbine.

Daniel Villalobos

Daniel Villalobos is a junior Aerospace Engineering student. He is a member of AIAA and AHS. He developed a deep interest in robotics and autonomous systems during previous summer internships with Maryland Space Grant. This summer, he will continue conducting research begun last fall on the development of a sub-500 gram micro-air vehicle capable of autonomous navigation and localization in Dr. Chopra’s MAV lab. 


Wiam Attar

Wiam Attar is a junior Aerospace Engineering Honors student minoring in astronomy. In addition to his role as treasurer of Sigma Gamma Tau, he is a member of AIAA, RISE Leadership Academy, Tau Beta Pi, Tau Sigma, and Phi Theta Kappa. He is also a member of the General Education Committee at University of Maryland. Wiam is doing research with Dr. Stuart Laurence about the fragmentation of meteorites in hypersonic flow. Wiam has also worked as an intern for Dr. Inderjit Chopra at Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center at University of Maryland, and his work was primarily related to machining and assembling composite rotor blades. This summer, Wiam will be working with Dr. Inderjit Chopra in the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center. The research will be to evaluate the stability of motor actuated trailing edge flap systems.

Brian Free

Brian Free is a senior Aerospace Engineering honors student and University honors student. He is a member of AIAA and a teaching fellow for ENES100, the introduction to engineering design course.  He worked under Dr. Yu at the Air Force’s Tunnel 9 at the AEDC White Oak facility last summer on temperature sensitive paint calibration, base pressure correction on wind tunnel models, and force balance studies. He will be working there again this summer on his honors project: researching the photoluminescent degradation of temperature sensitive paint in wind tunnel testing due to heat and light exposure.

Mateusz Grabryszuk

Mateusz Gabryszuk is a senior at the University of Maryland and is pursuing a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering. He is part of the Aerospace Engineering honors program.  Mateusz’s interest in aircraft was sparked at a young age, when he became fascinated with airplanes and the physical principles responsible for keeping them aloft. This summer, Mateusz will be working with Dr. Anya Jones in the Low Reynolds Number Aerodynamics Laboratory.  As part of his aerospace honors program research project, Mateusz is investigating the effect of the wingtip vortex on the production of lift on a flapping wing.

Aaron Lash

Aaron Lash is a senior Aerospace Engineering student.  He is a member of the Aerospace Engineering Honors and University Honors programs. Aaron has previously worked with Dr. Benedict and Dr. Chopra on the development of a flapping-wing micro air vehicle. This summer, Aaron will work again with Dr. Benedict and Dr. Chopra researching a new method of flapping an aerodynamic wing.

Eltzafan Mark

Eltzafan Mark is a rising senior at the University of Maryland and a member of the Aerospace Engineering Honors program.  His interests include aero and thermo dynamics, as well as how these interact in the combustion process. This past summer he worked in Dr Cadou’s lab on designing a flow rate meter to measure small fuel consumption rates in support of another undergraduate’s research. This summer he will again be working in Dr Cadou’s micro combustion laboratory, this time researching the detonation of gas mixtures in small enclosures, specifically how small a chamber can support a proper detonation.

Andrew Mills

Andrew Mills is a junior (soon to be senior) Aerospace Engineering Honors student.  He is a member of Tau Beta Pi - the Engineering Honors Society, Theta Tau, and he is an AIAA senior liaison.  He will be working with Dr. Benedict on designing and testing a vertical axis wind turbine.

Lauren Trollinger

Lauren Trollinger is a senior Aerospace Engineering Honors student with a minor in Project Management. As President of AIAA and an active member of the engineering sorority Alpha Omega Epsilon, she is very involved in the Clark School.  Lauren will be working with Dr. Flatau in the Flow Visualization Laboratory, researching the drag-reducing effects of synthetic jet actuators. She hopes to apply her research to rotorcraft aerodynamics and the reduction of drag on a helicopter main rotor pylon.