David Liljewall





Campus Address:
904 West Green Street Urbana, IL 61801
David Liljewall
Phone: (773)-313-5956 Email:
Permanent Address: 7909 Karlov Avenue Skokie, IL 60076

I aim to expand my education and experience in the fields of propulsion, space technology, and project development, and I have a strong desire to become an important contributor to the aerospace field. I want to apply my passion for aerospace technology, astronomy, and physics to further my versatility as an engineer and scientist.


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Expected Graduation Date: May 2018 Pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and a Minor in Physics GPA: 3.95/4.00
• Dean’sList: Spring2015
• Co-authored a research paper that was accepted and presented at the AIAA Region III Conference (4/18/2015) —


-High Altitude Balloon Team (AE 100 course) January 2015 to May 2015 
Team Co-Leader
• Correlated altitude with Rayleigh Scattering effects using electromagnetic radiation data collected from an
ultraviolet, infrared, and visible light sensor and a Raspberry Pie processor
• Created programs in MATLAB to predict and model balloon flight and analyze GPS, altimeter, light sensor, and
temperature data
• Designed and fabricated multiple payloads, integrated and soldered electronic components and assisted in their

-American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) January 2015 to Present Active Member and Jet Engine Researcher
• Research the effects of varying nozzle designs on the performance of a RC turbine jet engine (JetCat)
• Assist in CAD design of engine nozzles, test stand, and bell-mouth
• Utilize ANSYS Fluent to conduct multidimensional computational fluid analysis on nozzles

-Illinois Space Society (ISS) February 2015 to Present 
Active Member
• Volunteer for Engineering Open House exhibitions on orbital mechanics/General Relativity and Student Launch
• Provide educational outreach for local schools and the Urbana-Champaign community
• Design an L-class high-powered rocket with an automated active drag system for NASA’s Student Launch competition

-Student Space Systems (SSS) September 2015 to Present 
Rocket Integration Project Manager
• Run weekly organizational and design meetings, work alongside fellow project managers and SSS directors
• Design,manufacture,and implement pressurizer tank and oxidizer tank for a P-class hybrid rocket
• Create and implement a valve safety system  to control main fuel tank pressure

-SatDev (Satellite Research Organization) September 2015 to Present 
Thermal Simulation Team Leader and LAICE CubeSat Researcher
• Design experiments to measure thermal conductivity, absorptivity, and emissivity values of satellite materials
• Operate thermal vacuum chamber to perform experiments
• Develop robust thermal simulations of the satellite structure in NX Space Systems Thermal
• Work professionally with undergraduate, graduate, and faculty researchers


• MATLAB (Intermediate)
• ANSYSFluent (Intermediate)
• AutodeskInventor (Intermediate)
• PTCCreo3.0 (Intermediate)
• NX and NX Space Thermal (Novice) 
• OpenRocket(Novice)