B.S. in Aerospace Engineering (2020) ─ The University of Notre Dame
Collette Gillaspie is a Ph.D. student in Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University with a demonstrated passion for human space exploration. During the summer of 2020, Collette interned at Collins Aerospace, where she supported the cooling and ventilation loop design efforts for the Artemis spacesuit and the development of a lunar surface mission Concept of Operations. At her alma mater, Collette was a four-time participant in the NASA Student Launch competition through the Notre Dame Rocketry Team (NDRT). During her junior year, Collette led the experimental payload team in the design and construction of an unmanned aerial vehicle with simulated navigational beacon delivery. She was the Captain of NDRT when she was a senior. Collette was also a fluid-structure interactions research assistant, an electrical equipment intern on Boeing’s H-47 Chinook, and a three-year Boeing Scholar. The focus of Collette’s research at Texas A&M will be at the interface between aerospace material science (under Dr. Darren Hartl) and bioastronautics (under Dr. Ana Diaz Artiles). She will research the thermal control applications of a lightweight, advanced passively morphing radiator for implementation on manned missions to deep space.
Current Research Project
- Morphing Space Radiators
- Space Systems Engineering Intern ─ Collins Aerospace (2020)
- Engineering Accelerated Hiring Initiative (EAHI) Intern ─ The Boeing Company (2019)