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Lauren Schumacher

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Schumacher is a 2015-2019 Self Graduate Fellow pursuing a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering. She is a strong believer in the application of research for the benefit of the taxpayers of this nation. 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. in aerospace engineering (2015) 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 this university, Schumacher has been involved in several groups in the community and completed several design capstone projects. As an undergraduate, she 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). A strong proponent of the field of mathematics, Schumacher as served as an AAAC tutor with KU and as a volunteer tutor during her time at the university.  She has continued to stay involved with the mathematics department at KU through the Association for Women in Mathematics. Through her research, Schumacher 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

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