Michael R. Thompson


Purdue University Aerospace Engineering Student



OBJECTIVE:	To gain research and professional experience in space and satellite systems design, concentrating on imaging and remote sensing applications.

EDUCATION:	Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
	B.S. Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
	Expected Graduation: December 2017
3.79 GPA

•	September 2016-December 2016: Project Lead, National Institute of Aerospace BIG Idea Challenge, West Lafayette, IN
-	Lead a team to develop concepts for on-orbit assembly of modular 200kW Solar Electric Propulsion Tugs
•	May 2016-October 2016: Student Trainee (Aerospace Engineer), U.S. Department of Transportation Volpe Center, Cambridge, MA
-	Participated in the Unmanned Aerial Systems Science and Research Panel, a collaborative panel involving the FAA, DoD, DHS, NASA, and members of academia 
-	Analyzed the impact of increasing space vehicle operations on traffic in the National Airspace System
•	February 2016-November 2016: Project Lead, SEDS/SSPI Satellite Design Competition, West Lafayette, IN
-	Led a four-person team to design a conceptual satellite system to collect and transmit solar power to Earth
-	Led research efforts in orbital design, political and regulatory factors, and launch vehicle selection
-	Presented work at the 2016 SEDS SpaceVision Conference
•	October 2015-May 2016: Undergraduate Research Assistant, Purdue School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, West Lafayette, IN
-	Worked with Dr. Karen Marais and a graduate student researching oceanic air route inefficiencies
-	Wrote MATLAB code to collect, format, filter, and process over 100,000 unique flights
-	Parsed and integrated weather data to compute fuel burn for collected flights
•	January 2015-May 2015: Purdue Nuclear Engineering Freshman Research Project, West Lafayette, IN
-	Performed research in the area of fusion-based space propulsion systems

•	SEDS/SSPI Satellite Design Competition Winner, 2016
•	Purdue School of Aeronautics and Astronautics Mark and Laura Burgess Scholarship, 2016
•	Purdue School of Aeronautics and Astronautics Warren G. Koerner Scholarship, 2015
•	Purdue University Dean’s List and Semester Honors, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016
•	Purdue University Trustees Scholarship, 2014
•	Eagle Scout, 2014

•	Research and professional experience using MATLAB
•	Working knowledge of Python3, and C 
•	Experience in CATIA (Approximately 100 hours)
•	Technical writing

•	Students for the Exploration and Development of Space- Purdue Chapter SEDS National Representative
•	Sigma Gamma Tau- National Aerospace Engineering Honors Society
•	Society of Satellite Professionals International- Student Member