- Major: Aerospace Engineering
- Hometown: Adams Run, South Carolina
- E-mail: email@example.com
Hello future Vol! My name is Samantha Ramsey, I’m a senior majoring in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in English here at the University of Tennessee.
Random combination - I know. While my heart has always been an English Lit nerd, a few years ago I was watching a documentary about the Voyager missions and found myself quickly falling down a Google rabbit hole of orbital mechanics, astrodynamics, and trajectory engineering. Born and raised in a small rural community in South Carolina, I never dreamed that I would someday become an engineer, but after visiting the Tickle College of Engineering, learning about the Aerospace program, and taking a couple of days to explore Knoxville and the Smoky Mountains, I knew I’d found my new home!
My first two summers were spent interning with Jacobs Space Exploration Group at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL. The first summer I worked as a trajectory intern and the second summer as a guidance intern for Space Launch Systems. This past summer, I interned on the Deep Space Exploration Advanced Programs team at Lockheed Martin, writing Python tools to help with mission design. I am also an undergraduate research assistant under Dr. James Evans Lyne. My work focuses on the use of an aerogravity assist at Titan to capture into an orbit about Saturn that will allow for scientific observation of Enceladus.
In addition to academics, I’m a member of the Society of Women Engineers and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, both of which have granted me incredible opportunities to expand my network and knowledge outside of the classroom. In the fall of 2018, I was able to attend the WE18 conference in Minneapolis, MN; in spring 2019, I participated in Congressional Visits Day with AIAA where I helped advocate on behalf of the aerospace industry; and in fall 2019, I was selected as a diversity scholar for AIAA and received a scholarship to attend the International Astronautical Congress where I networked with scientists, engineers, astronauts, and even Bill Nye!
No matter your interests, I can guarantee that UT and the Tickle College of Engineering will be able to fulfill them. The opportunities here are boundless and it is totally up to you to determine how much you want to take advantage of. In addition to being a first-generation college student, I am also a returning student and an out of state transfer student, so if you have questions about any of the unique challenges these things offer please reach out to me! I would love to chat and answer any questions you may have.