Dylon asked Seetha Raghavan, University of Central Florida

AddedFriday, November 16, 2018 at 11:06 AM

Hello, what made you intrested in Aerospace engineering, what was intriguing to you?

I am trying to show students how interesting Aerospace Engineering is.
Related to Aeronautical/Aerospace , Engineering Branches
  • Seetha Raghavan , University of Central Florida
    Answered Monday, December 10, 2018 at 7:16 AM

    Great question Dylon!

    When I was in elementary school, I found myself intrigued just watching airplanes take off and land. I lived close to an airport and went there every weekend just to watch - those were awesome days... I was curious about what made such a large aircraft overcome it’s weight to lift itself off the ground.

    In high school, concepts in physics helped me to figure some of this out. It was like Engineers created the right shapes and contours for this machine to dance with the flow around it so perfectly that it can fly.

    That to me was amazing.

    As I started to understand concepts such as lift, drag and thrust, I was intrigued by the complexities of each system and how they needed to be integrated to make the entire aircraft function. I wanted to understand each system - the engines and how they operate; airfoils and how they were used to control the aircraft; structures and materials that made the aircraft light yet strong. Every class I took in college was a step closer to knowing the intricacies of this complex concept of flight.

    Aerospace Engineering to me is Engineering at its limits and extremes - we have to design within such constraints that we cannot afford to be anything but creative and inventive! This explains why so many new ideas and inventions have their origins in Aerospace Engineering.

    I continue to be intrigued as we overcome challenges in flying faster, further and even reaching into deep space. And when Aerospace Engineers succeed, the whole world is intrigued along with me.