Rachel Herman


Astrodynamics Lead, SEDS UCSD



Rachel Herman
U.S. citizen · Security Clearance Eligible
(408) 230-1939 ·

B.S. in Physics, Math minor, degree expected 2016
GPA 3.2
University of California, San Diego

Relevant Courses:
Mechanics I, II					Complex Analysis	Spacecraft Guidance
Electricity and Magnetism I, II			Black Holes		Statistical & Thermal Mechanics I**
Mathematical and Computational Physics I	Electronic Circuits	Differential Geometry**
**work in progress

Experience with Mathematica, C, MATLAB, Microsoft Office Suite
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills developed through SEDS UCSD and NSF SISTERS, as well as other leadership and community service experiences
Strong problem solving background that can be applied to a broad range of technical fields developed through an education in physics 

Relevant Projects
   SEDS UCSD (Students for the Exploration and Development of Space); 
   Astrodynamics Lead (March 2014-present)
Lead astrodynamicist of a 6U cubesat mission to the moon as part of NASA's CubeQuest Competition
Determine, optimize, and analyze cubesat's trajectory using GMAT
Perform calculations using NAIF for other geometric properties of mission i.e., occultation events, orientation of satellite instruments, etc.
Ensure that mission is in compliance with all NASA standards and regulations

Professional Experience:
   NSF SISTERS (Sustaining Interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Research in Society); 
   Mentor (Oct 2014-present)
lead 35+ 5th and 6th grade girls in hands-on, socially relevant, and technology-rich lessons as part of an after school program designed to foster curiosity and passion for STEM in young girls
serve as a mentor for students who may otherwise not have the opportunity to interact with role models in STEM
Young Chef's Academy Instructor (June-August 2015)
guide 8-10 students ages 5-13 through lessons in cooking, both “how-to's” and the science behind food

Leadership Experience:
   UCSD Undergraduate Women in Physics; Board Member (2013-present)
founding member of the club
maintain club website, coordinate quarterly events such as research presentations, lab tours, socials, etc. 
member of local organizing committee for the 2016 Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics @ UCSD

   UCSD Pep Band
Treasurer (2014-2015): manage the band's accounts and expenses (around $25,000 annually)
Music Librarian (2013-2014): organized and maintained both the physical and digital music libraries of the band
Section Leader (2013-2014): ran sectionals to rehearse music and choreography