- Research Program Mentor
PhD candidate at Texas A&M University
unmanned vehicles, aerospace structures, computational mechanics, modeling, airframe design, experiment design, structural testing, manufacturing methods, metallurgy, material response, biomedical device design
BioHowdy! My name is Hannah and I am a second year PhD student (and NSF Fellow) at Texas A&M University in aerospace engineering. I am originally from Buffalo, New York. My background is very broad, and I am constantly expanding my research interests. I have hands on experience in manufacturing (additive and traditional), metallurgy, airframe design and structural test, experiment design, wind tunnel and water tunnel test, etc. I currently work with computational tools (so using computers instead of experiments!) to explore how fluids (such as water, air, and blood) interact with structures (such as planes, boats, and medical devices). If you want to get nitty gritty with what my projects are, I've done modeling and experimental evaluation of knitted shape memory alloys and am currently working on modeling bioabsorbable medical devices. My personal interests are just as diverse as my research ones! I am interested in triathlons, weightlifting, climbing, and hiking, but I also enjoy knitting, crochet, cross stitch, and painting. I am not necessarily very good at any of these things, but I enjoy them and that's what counts! I'm interested in mentoring because it allows me to share the best aspects of my experiences to help you further your goals. I'm certainly not what Newton would call a giant, but hopefully from my shoulders you'll see a bit farther anyway.
Mechanical testing of various knit architectures
Students will understand the differences between knit architectures and relate these architectures to knit patterns. Students will learn the basics of mechanical/structural testing and understand mechanical property evaluation. Students will gain experience in designing experiments. Students will have the option to extend their study to pattern optimization.
Design of a Reconfigurable UAV Test Bed
Students will learn the basics of aerospace structural design. Students will understand the trade offs made in air vehicle design. Students will design a vehicle capable of meeting customer requirements that serves as a multifunctional "flying experiment lab", where various equipment can be tested under flight conditions.
Students will explore the trade offs between traditional methods and additive methods for complex parts from a variety of fields (with an emphasis on aerospace). Students will develop intuition for choosing methods of manufacturing based on trade offs and engineering requirements.