West Virginia Wesleyan College
Department of Physics and Engineering
Graduates Employed in Aerospace Engineering
Aerospace engineers design objects such as airplanes, spacecraft, rockets, and fuel-efficient cars. They use the principles of aerodynamics to predict the forces generated by the flow of air and other fluids around solid objects. They work on propulsion systems, guidance systems, and materials that are both lightweight and strong.
Joshua Keane obtained an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering at a joint program with George Washington University and Langley Air Force Base. Josh is employed as a government contractor flight test engineer at the Army Aviation Flight Test Directorate in Huntsville, Alabama. Josh writes, “In graduate school, I contributed to the successful flight of NASA’s X-43A at Langley Air Force Base. I helped analyze the aerodynamics of the Pegasus booster. And I used NASA’s wind tunnel to validate data on out-of-control situations.”
Adam Kuhl obtained an M.S. at Georgia Tech and works at Raytheon. Adam writes, “I make sure that the components fit into the allowed volume and withstand the specified vibrational stresses while minimizing cost and assembly time.”
Kimberly Brown works at NASA in Maryland as an aerospace engineer.
Kathleen Meyer completed her M.S. at the University of New Mexico and works at Ball Aerospace in Albuqueque.
George Soremekun obtained an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering at California State University at San Luis Obispo. He now works at Northrup-Grumman.
Chris Kuhl obtained an M.S. at the University of Virginia and works at NASA Langley in Yorktown, Virginia. Chris worked on the Mars Rover that landed on August 5, 2012. During the “seven minutes of terror, the time it took the Rover to pass through Mar’s atmosphere, Kuhl was collecting data at the Jet Propulsion Lab in California. Kuhl recalled, “I was nervous, trying to make sense of all the data, and before I knew it, they called touchdown. Our worries diminished and everyone started jumping for joy.”
Biggest-ever heat shield is prepared for the Mars Rover spacecraft. This image shows the heat shield at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, in April 2011. Technicians in the photo are installing electronics for collecting data during descent through the atmosphere of Mars.
News conference – Chris Kuhl is the person on the right.