- Research Program Mentor
PhD candidate at Stanford University
I have degrees in chemical engineering, earth & planetary science, and aerospace engineering, but my work also intersects mechanical engineering, materials science, and environmental engineering. I welcome opportunities across these fields.
BioHi there! My name is Lauren Simitz, and I'm currently a PhD candidate in Stanford's Aeronautics & Astronautics department. Previously, I received my B.S. in Chemical Engineering (Sustainability Concentration), B.S. in Earth & Planetary Science, and Design Certificate from Northwestern University. That sounds like a lot of degrees, but that best captures my myriad of interest and technical strengths across the aerospace and environmental sectors. Originally a fuel chemistry process engineer at an energy company, I fell in love with designing hardware for space while I was working at SpaceX on the Propulsion and Launch Engineering teams. (Fun Fact: The first launch I ever worked was sending astronauts Bob & Doug up on Demo-2, the first U.S. astronaut mission in 11 years.) However, I missed research and made the decision to go back to school after ~2 years there. Now, my academic research focuses on understanding complex, reacting, and multiphase fluid mechanics so that we can design the next-generation of sustainable propulsion and energy systems. In fact, right now I am a visiting researcher at Boeing, helping with the propulsion design of the more sustainable 777x commercial aircraft. I am also engaged in projects involving small satellites, life support systems, and resource utilization on planets like Mars. Outside of my research, I enjoy ultimate frisbee, hiking, kayaking, baking, and all things science fiction.
Variable Emissivity Thermal Management Panels for Small Satellites
Satellites experience a wide range of temperatures in orbit that can affect the operation of sensitive components. Keeping the temperature inside the satellite constant is thus critical. Having an electronic panel that can change emissivity (how much radiation is absorbed vs. reflected) would provide a low-power, cost-effective, and adaptive (e.g. changing in response to the environment) solution for satellite thermal management.