Name

Katherine Denner

Title

Intern @ SpaceX

Email

kdenner@princeton.edu

Resume

EDUCATION
Princeton University
BSE in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Expected June 2018
Minor in Robotics and Intelligent Systems
Relevant Coursework: Automatic Control Systems, Rockets and Air-Breathing Propulsion, Energy Storage Systems

EXPERIENCE

SPACEX | AVIONICS INTERN
Summer 2016 | Hawthorne, CA
• Designed tooling to prototype satellite battery circuit
• Created flight qual fixtures for thermal and vibration testing using Siemens NX,
ANSYS Workbench, and ROI analysis with the Space Simulation Test Lab
• Cut 1000s of manhours per year by designing new tooling and processes for F9
rocket and Dragon capsule avionics

CITYTAPS | ENGINEERING INTERN
Summer 2015 | Paris, France
• Designed an injection-molded combination flowmeter and solenoid valve that
cost 1/6 of the off-the-shelf flowmeter-only design while also easing assembly
• Tested prior prototype and wrote an algorithm to clean sensor data, which
decreased flowmeter error by an order of magnitude, from 10% to .72%

THE MARS SOCIETY | VOLUNTEER RESEARCHER
Spring 2013 | Mars Desert Research Station (remote)
• Designed experiment investigating effectiveness of wheel tread designs on
rovers to prevent further rover strandings, using MDRS’s Mars-like conditions
to compare designs on a common test chassis

PROJECTS

SPACE JUNK ELIMINATION SATELLITE CONCEPT | AY 2016-17
• Designing and mocking up satellite to eliminate space junk in Creo
• Conducting structural FEA in ANSYS

NASA RASC-AL MARS COMPETITION | TEAM LEAD | AY 2016-17
• Prototyping robotic drill to harvest and filter ”Mars” subsurface water

SOLAR REFRIGERATOR | 2016-PRESENT
• Modeled and 3D-printed photoresistor array to track sun’s position
• Wrote integral controller to guess sun position and periodically recenter
• Building cheap, durable, easy to maintain solar collector

SMALL-SCALE WIND TURBINE | 2016
• Simulated rotor designs in QBlade for power-generating turbine and
modeled rotor for 3D-printing
• Automated wind tunnel tests with Python scripts

AWARDS
NASA Aerospace Scholar • Sandisk Scholar
NASA RWIW Engineering Design Challenge | First Place
NASA Space Habitat Innovation Challenge | Finalist

SKILLS

CAD/CAE
Experienced:
Autodesk Inventor (7 years) • PTC Creo/Pro-E (2 years) • Siemens NX (1 wild summer at SpaceX)
Familiar:
Solidworks • ANSYS • QBlade • GD&T

LANGUAGES
Experienced:
Java (5 years) • Python (2 years) • MATLAB (2 years)
Familiar:
LATEX• C++ • German

FABRICATION
Experienced:
Machining (Mill, Lathe, Saws) (6 years)
3D-Printing (4 years) • Injection Molding
Familiar:
Plastic Welding •Laser-Cutting

ACTIVITIES
Rugby • Robotics Club (President) • 3D-Printing Club (Vice President)

CONTACT
kdenner@princeton.edu | 267-987-0398