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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. and M.S. in aerospace
engineering (2015, 2016) 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, she 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). 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


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