Samantha Ramsey

"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known."


Cell: 843.480.2911

Aerospace Engineering student seeking to expand knowledge and experience in various aerospace engineering disciplines. Primarily interested in guidance, navigation, and mission design & analysis; celestial and orbital mechanics; trajectory engineering; process automation using high-level programming techniques; and applied numerical analysis in solving complex problems.


The University of Tennessee Knoxville

Primary Major: Aerospace Engineering, B.S.
Secondary Major: English Literature, B.A.
Expected Graduation Date: May 2022
GPA: 3.92/4.0

Academic Awards
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics:
  • 2019 Diversity Scholar
  • Tickle College of Engineering:
  • 2019 Engineering Leadership Scholarship Recipient
  • Deans List: Summa Cum Laude Fall 2018 - Present
  • 2019 Vanderbilt Hackathon:
  • Winner: "A Code of Art"
  • Technical Skills

    Python Programming
    Copernicus Trajectory Software
    General Mission Analysis Tool (GMAT)
    Mission Analysis Envirnment (MAnE)
    Microsoft Office Suite
    Mathematical Analysis
    Technical Writing

    Relevant Experience

    Aerospace Engineering Department University of Tennessee, Knoxville - August 2019 - Present

    Undergraduate Astrodynamics Research Assistant
    • Develop and apply analytical and numerical techniques to solve astrodynamics problems in conjunction with NASA's Mission Design and Analysis team at Marshall Space Flight Center.
    • Automate parametric studies on mission architectures through the use of high-level scripting languages.
    • Use numerical methods to analyze flight mechanics problems by utilizing numerical integration, root-solving methods, and coordinate transformations.

    Bevilacqua Research Corporation Marshall Space Flight Center, AL - May 2019 - August 2019

    Trajectories Intern
    • Analyzed in-space trajectories for NASA's Mission Design and Analysis team to ensure key constraints were met.
    • Studied celestial body movements to design analytic models which predict initial conditions for Copernicus, one of NASA's in-space trajectory simulation tools, to determine potential launch windows.
    • Created automated processes with Python to run trajectory simulations in Copernicus and improve optimization speeds.
    • Participated in astrodynamics classes and completed weekly assignments on topics including optimal control theory, orbital perturbations, algorithm writing, and the three-body problem.
    Leadership Experience

    Tickle College of Engineering Knoxville, TN

    Engineering Ambassador - August 2019 - Present
    • Serve as the face of the university to recruit prospective students as well as represent the college to Alumni.
    • Stimulate community interest in engineering through public outreach events.

    Tickle College of Engineering Knoxville, TN

    Engineering Mentor - August 2019 - Present
    • Provide guidance and mentorship to engineering freshman to ease the transition to university and help them gain a holistic perspective on the engineering discipline of their choice.
    Professional Involvement

    American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics:

    • Participated in 2019 Congressional Visits Day to advocate funding for aerospace projects, research, and innovation.
    • Attending the 2019 International Astronautical Congress as an AIAA Diversity Scholar.

    Women in STEM Advancing Research, Readiness, & Retention:

    • Create and direct engineering workshops covering topics such as celestial mechanics and basic programming techniques to encourage elementary school students from rural communities to pursue STEM.
    • Collaborate with a team of volunteers to organize weekly activities and foster an open and welcoming envirnment.

    Society of Women Engineers:

    • Attended WE18 National Conference in Minneapolis, MN.