Lauren Schumacher is a 2015-2019 Self Graduate Fellow pursuing a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering. Her current dissertation work focuses on the application of guided hard-launch munitions to aerial platforms as a means of improving overall fleet effectiveness. Schumacher received a B.S. (2015) and M.S. (2016) in aerospace engineering at the University of Kansas, where she was selected as the aerospace student of the year during her junior and senior years. During her time at KU, she has been involved in several groups in the community and completed several design capstone projects. Schumacher has collaborated with a group of graduate aerospace students to put forth a design for an electric aircraft and urban air transit system that would later receive 1st place at the international Power Electronics Systems and Applications (PESA) conference in Hong Kong (2016). Through her research, she hopes to revolutionize the way aerial combat is carried out to provide increased target versatility, accuracy, and improved weapon system effectiveness.
Mentor: Dr. Ron Barrett-Gonzalez, Professor, Aerospace Engineering