Matthew Jadusingh

Matthew JadusinghRensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Mechanical Engineering

I don’t know any other way to start this off other than by expressing my tremendous excitement to be participating in the Ames Space Academy this summer. I hope to establish a career defined by contributions to space-exploration and this NASA Academy is an incredible opportunity to help realize that goal.

Prior Work Experience
I graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 2008, and I worked in Washington, DC for four years before deciding to return to school. During my time in DC, I served as a proposal writer, and as an Operations and Communications Manager for a large Federal IT consulting firm. As a proposal writer I was involved in writing winning proposals for contracts valued in excess of $100million. In my role as Operations and Communications Manager, I established and administered document handling policies, developed company-wide newsletters, maintained websites and other IT systems, developed employee morale programs, and prepared and presented monthly operational reports on over 600 projects across the U.S.

Current Education and Research
I have always been interested in space-exploration, and this interest has only intensified over time. I came to realize that simply being a spectator in this field would never be enough, so I decided to return to school to equip myself with the knowledge needed to not only pursue, but also positively impact, the space-exploration mission. I chose mechanical engineering because it is such a widely applicable field of engineering that provides me with a great technical foundation from which to specialize through graduate education.

At RPI, I’m involved in research at our Center for Flow, Physics, and Control (CeFPaC). My research involves understanding and manipulating air flow within compact diffuser inlets used on jet engines for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Through our research we are developing both active and passive flow control mechanisms to reduce flow separation/reattach separated flow, as well as reduce or eliminate unwanted secondary flow structures that develop as result of the geometry of the compact inlet. If successful, we will develop prototype devices that will serve to reduce the overall size profile of UAVs while increasing their engine performance. My role on the project so far has been to develop the CAD designs and to perform the actual physical assembly of a new high-subsonic (Mach 0.8) wind-tunnel developed specifically for this project, to design and install various measuring equipment for use in the wind-tunnel experiments, and more recently, to assist with the analysis and reporting (to our corporate sponsor) of the data gathered from our experiments.

Prior to my research at CeFPaC, I worked as an engine quality control intern for Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA), where I performed engine inspection and testing. While at Hyundai I also developed processes and software code to automate much of reporting surrounding engine data, reducing the time required to produce such reports by as much as 75%.

Looking Forward
Having the chance to be a part of the Academy this year is an absolute dream come true. I came back to school solely to be in a position to learn about and contribute to the space-exploration mission, and there is no better place to do that than at NASA. I’m looking forward to getting involved in a technical project, learning more about how NASA operates as an organization, and working with and learning from my mentor(s), my fellow Academy students, and all the experienced staff at ARC.

Random Facts about Me
• I’m originally from Kingston, Jamaica
• At one point in my childhood, I had 11 dogs
• I play cricket, soccer, and lacrosse
• Before the Academy, I had never been to California.