AdministratorRachel elevates the management of a rocket scientist department to an art. She is the gateway to our budgets as the head of fiscal and facilities. And she is streamlining all of processes to make us all work more efficiently.
Assistant to the Chair
Kim holds faculty destinies in her hands as she manages faculty HR and coordinates hiring for faculty, post docs and all academic visiting positions. She is also the portal onto Kristi's calendar.
Academic Services & Advising
Academic Adviser, Undergraduate Programs
Stanley cares deeply about the undergraduate experience and gives out sage advice to prospective and current students regarding admissions, academic planning, scholarships, and co-curricular activities. He also manages the A&A department's course listings on the time schedule.
Graduate Programs Manager
Paul manages our masters and doctoral programs including recruitment and admissions, student services, and frontline logistics. He is the perfect blend of competence, comfort and taskmaster to guide our grad students from fact-finding about the department through graduation. Grad students, talk through your plans and quandaries with Paul!
Computing, Labs & Facilities
Derrick Van Kirk
Derrick comes to A&A from Academic Affairs and HFS. He manages the facilities, space and safety of Guggenheim Hall, Aerospace Engineering and Research Building, and the 3x3 Aerodynamics lab. If you’re looking for a creative solution to your problem, Derrick is the person to contact. If he can’t help you, he certainly knows someone who can.
Instructional Lab Manager
Carter manages instructional lab spaces for A&A to ensure they run smoothly. He also helps manage departmental equipment so come to him with any equipment or design questions and he'll do his best to help out without bugging Eliot.
Lead Development Engineer and 3X3 Manager
Sometimes Eliot has to go through the excruciating process of detailing lab and workshop procedures and requirements to non-technical staff. He's "ok" with that. But he'd prefer to get our students and research groups all set up with their tech equipment and supplies and consult with them when needed.
Sr. Computing Specialist
David makes sure our Zoom is working like we expect and we're streaming to all of the right places. He also manages our department hardware and software and supports the technology for our research projects.
Sonia is an expert grant manager, making sure our faculty are on top of all grant requirements. Let her know when you want to apply for funding to launch research projects, so she can assist you through the process. Once your projects have lifted off, she will help with keeping them powered at high altitudes.
Liz is our friendly neighborhood Grant Manager unless you forget your deadlines. She will search for you high and low as she is that passionate about keeping the gears of fiscal administration running smoothly. Don't forget your deadlines.
Budget Fiscal Analyst
Bryan is our lead in purchasing, A&A budget reconciliation and Procard transactions. He is pretty well-versed in many of the obscure purchasing requests in the department at this point!
Sometimes our faculty need extra fiscal support for budgets. Khalid is here for them and also handles department and research purchasing. Need to purchase a rocket booster or an aircraft widget? Khalid will help you with that.
Communications & Outreach
Project Manager and
Amy is our resident crusty Philadelphian, but she does get enthusiastic about our research. She writes our department news and features. Go ahead and tell her what you're up to. Beware though: She might give unsolicited advice on using UW colors and fonts.
Community Relations and Communications Specialist
You know all of the faculty awards we've been racking up? Those nominations start with Wanda. And she knows how to communicate our department strengths to deepen our connections to alumni and the community.
JCATI Program Manager
Beth has been extremely successful at running the JCATI program and making sure our legislators understand the benefits to students, faculty, and the aerospace industry in Washington state. Check when the next annual JCATI symposium is - she runs that too.
WA Space Grant
Deputy Director of Program Operations of WA Space Grant and Interim Director of Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline
WA Space Grant website
Mary manages all of the WA Space Grant educational programs and plans STEM outreach activities. Interested in Lunar Lava Tubes, High Altitude Balloons, or CubeSats? She runs it all.
Chris is the voice of WA Space Grant, working on all of the announcements, registrations, events, and promotions covering all of the program's outreach.
Daniel manages the fiscal "orbit" of WA Space Grant, coordinating purchasing, reimbursement, and fiscal reporting for sub awards and direct activities for the WA Space Grant Office.
Plasma & Fusion Scientists & Engineers
Research Scientist/Engineer - Senior
Chris leads the HIT-SI Lab and the development of 3D numerical tools for studying fusion plasmas. He also collaborates with our national partners (CTFusion, PPPL, Columbia) to make fusion energy a reality.
Aaron operates the HIT-SI3/ HIT-SIU experiment to study sustained spheromak plasmas. He is mastering the use of diagnostic techniques including laser interferometry, spectroscopy, tomography, high-speed imaging, and magnetic sensing.
Kyle uses high-performance computing resources to develop and validate physical models to describe highly non-linear plasmas in the HIT-SI Lab. Studies the formation and sustainment of magnetized plasmas towards the eventual goal of fusion power generation.
Research Scientist/Engineer Principal
As if it weren't hard enough to produce fusion reactions, the process can get interrupted and damage equipment. Roger is working on strategies to avoid these disruptions.
Engineering Technician Lead
John once remarked how slow lightning is in comparison to the plasmas in his lab. As he's the person who designs, builds, troubleshoots and repairs mechanical and electronic hardware for plasma research, that really says something about his superpowers.
Kirsten Wind Tunnel (KWT)
Riley ensures that the wind keeps blowing in the KWT and manages day-to-day testing operations, data quality and tunnel maintenance.
Interim Business Manager
Cara keeps the KWT functioning like the aeronautical paradise that it is and supervises the intrepid Wind Tunnel Student Crew. She makes sure the data is always streaming, the wind is always blowing, and the aeronautical models are flying high.
Student Worker - Admin
With Taylor, Mckayla handles administration tasks including front desk emails, phone calls, packages, and key distribution. As our most senior student worker with an amazing graphic and media skillset, we may try to block her graduation, so she'll stay with us longer.
Student Worker - Comms
Drew is a master of graphics, social media and web content. If you have a new idea for communications, you can ask Amy, but she'll just turn around and ask Drew.
Student Worker - Admin
With Mckayla, Taylor handles administration tasks including front desk emails, phone calls, packages, and key distribution. You can ask her about her a capella group, but don't ask her to sing for you - that would be weird.