Upcoming senior and biomedical engineering major Ashley Handy won first place in the student poster competition at the National Space and Missile Materials Symposium (NSMMS) last week in Madison, Wisconsin. Ten of the eleven posters entered were presented by graduate students and postdocs, making Handy the only undergraduate to participate in the competition.
Handy is currently working as an undergraduate research assistant in the CompMech Research Group led by Associate Professor and Jessie Rogers Zeanah Faculty Fellow Stephanie TerMaath. Handy joined the group during her first year of studies and has contributed to several projects. She is currently working on a hypersonics project, which isn’t biomedical focused, but allows her to bring an interdisciplinary approach to the research and apply concepts and tools across different fields which she enjoys.
NSMMS is held each year to bring together technologists, users, and decision makers from across the nation to discuss issues related to space, missiles, hypersonic systems, and ground-breaking commercial space topics that are necessary for the country’s defense and research and development pursuits.