Acoustics Engineer at Boeing
Tell Me More: I create computer models that predict noise in planes. From there we can determine optimized mitigation packages for the plane. If you can model it, you can optimize it. Sometimes this includes some lab and flight testing to locate sources of noise and fix them.
Why Airplanes? When I was five years old, my parents took me on my first flight and gave me the window seat. I thought, ‘this is awesome!’ I started asking questions about how the plane worked and how I could do that sort of work. My parents saw that and helped foster my curiosity, initially with lots of Legos and erector sets. Dad was a mechanical engineer and took me on tours of his factory.
My favorite test flight I’ve ever been on, we got to circumnavigate the North Pole to do some electromagnetic testing. It was a really beautiful flight. Though I was alarmed by the size of the holes in the sea ice.
Why I March for Science: The universe is vast and there is so much we don’t know. It’s important to keep chipping away at those big questions, to fund science and to keep people excited about science. On a smaller level, we can study the building blocks and make the technological advancements that help us answer the big questions. I’m going to be moving into the space industry soon and can’t wait to be a part of that.