Rachel Pick, aerospace engineering major, is serving as this semester’s College of Engineering Student Marshal during the Spring 2017 commencement ceremony. She will be accompanied by Dr. Anupam Sharma, assistant professor of aerospace engineering, to lead the engineering class into the ceremony held Saturday, May 6th.
The Mounds View, Minnesota, native Rachel Pick will be graduating with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering and a minor in music. During her time at Iowa State, she maintained an excellent GPA while managing to be active in numerous clubs and organizations. She was the Treasurer for Freshman Leaders in Engineering; Fundraising Director (2014-15), Assistant Business Director (2015) and Treasurer (2015-17) for Team PrISUm Solar Car; and Vice President of Finance for Engineering Student Council. She was also involved in Women and Science Engineering, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and Tau Beta Pi. Pick was also a member of the university’s top women’s choir, Cantamus.
Aside from her involvement with these clubs and organizations, Ms. Pick also conducted research with Dr. Anupam Sharma regarding propulsion, aeroacoustics and aeronautics, and presented at the AIAA Region V Student Conference and ISU Undergraduate Research Symposium in 2016. She was also a recipient of the NASA Iowa Space Grant Consortium Scholarship in 2015-16 and 2016-17.
In the summer of 2015, Pick took her first internship with Rolls-Royce Corporation in Indianapolis, Indiana, as a Maintenance and Overhaul Engineering Intern. Pick wrote and secured approvals for technical variances requested by overseas customers while working in the Defense Operations Center. She collaborated with manufacturing engineers at LiftWorks to create process workflow for component repairs and completed action items associated with process failure modes and effects analysis of LiftSystem clutch disassembly.
The following summer, Pick took part in another internship, this time with Textron Aviation in Wichita, Kansas. She compared external flow characteristics of Cessna Longitude model using FUN3D flow solver and STAR-CCM+ in order to calibrate STAR-CCM+ for external flows. Pick also performed icing analysis on the King Air engine inlet for performance comparisons using STAR-CCM+.
After graduation, Pick will work as a full-time engineer with Rolls-Royce Corporation in their Component Engineering Rotational Program.