Rachel spent the summer in sunny California, working in the Aeromechanics department of NASA Ames Reserach Center (home of the two largest wind tunnels in the world!!). There, she developed a hover test to assess the ground and wall effects of the 80-Foot by 120-Foot Wind Tunnel on hover testing data. Most of her work involved designing a hover test mount, sourcing hardware, and detailing a testing plan for the experiment.
As one of 4 physics majors in her department of 56 interns, Rachel faced unique challenges, but she found herself coming back to her boss's encouraging words from the first day: "I chose you because you're a physics major, and physics majors can do anything. Don't forget that." She has learned so much about engineering, and she is excited to apply the hands on skills she's acquired to her future research!"