**Recent Work**

This summer, I am staying at Virginia Tech to focus on my research. I am using analytical and computation techniques to study the airdrop problem and the models used to predict it. By focusing on mathematical fundamentals we hope to gain better understandings of the potential models used to predict the operations. Understanding the strengths and pitfalls of different models is very important especially in very important and uncertain events such as airdrops.

Last semester, while working on my degree I took a instrumentation laboratory. In this laboratory I designed and built an Arduino controlled system that can automatically adjust a stove's knob to keep a kettle of water at a desired temperature. For more information, see the "Projects" tab.

**Earlier Work**

Last, summer I was an intern for Thermo Systems LLC in East Windsor New Jersey. I was able to participate in many aspects of industrial automation. I gained experience in graphics development, AutoCAD drawings, and project management among many other things.

In the spring of sophomore year, I studied abroad at Oxford University. I took two courses. One in Quantum Mechanics, and one in Calculus Applied to Fluids. In my spare time, I worked at the laboratory in the Mathematical Institute. My main focus in the lab was creating a device to stretch a material in one dimensional. The end result was a device that was controlled through a user interface using MATLAB, an Arduino, and a stepper motor. You can see this project in more detail in the "Projects" tab.

Before this, I was working in the Bio Inspired-Fluids Laboratory at Virginia Tech. I worked mostly with Image-J, in order to track a dog's tongue as it drinks. I used MATLAB to analyze the position data, finding velocity, acceleration, and some statistics about the data itself (standard deviation, variance).

**Why Engineering?**

Although I did not spend much time taking things apart as a kid, I love math, I appreciate a well thought out design, and I am always interested in a good problem to solve. Although I do like conducting research, I lean heavily toward the research that would directly benefit engineering applications. For example, the I find the unsolved nature of turbulence interesting, which is very important in the Aerospace industry. I have found that I also have a love for computer programming. I am especially interested in the "data science" field. The use of mathematics and computer programming to solve problems that were previously unsolvable is very appealing to me. I am especially interested in applications of machine learning, and taking the "black box" out of data science techniques. I think by that working on these problems from an engineering standpoint, I can work more on using new research to create real change in society.

**Why Engineering Science and Mechanics?**

This is probably the most common question I am asked. Many people interested in science and math go into a traditional Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering. There are a few reasons that I chose a different path. The core classes in ESM are most similar to an Aerospace degree, but how the classes are approached is the difference. In ESM, we spend a lot more time deriving equations then other majors in order to have a better fundamental understandings of topics like dynamics, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. Although we miss out on some of the applications that ME's and AOE's get, I found a more Mathematical approach to be more interesting.

Besides my personal feelings on the matter, there are some facts that made the decision easier. The Mechanics program at Virginia Tech is ranked #5 in the United States by US News and World Report, and is the best ranked major in the College of Engineering. ESM is significantly smaller then both Mechanical and Aerospace, leading to much smaller classes and more time with the professors. Additionally, the Engineering Physics Option allows me to minor in both Math and Physics, which would not be feasible in other majors. On top of this, the department also will pay for your first 40 hours of undergraduate research, which has opened up many opportunities for me.