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Young Professional Profile November 2017
Name: Dr. Swati Saxena
Currently lives in
San Jose, California
- PhD in Aerospace Engineering, Penn State University, University Park, PA, 2012
- MS in Aerospace Engineering, Penn State University, University Park, PA, 2008
- B.Tech. in Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India, 2006
ESI Group Inc.
In my current role, I work as a technical manager leading the projects in the areas of CFD, multi-physics and aero-acoustics related to aerospace and automotive industries. I also lead the Industrial Marketing and Development for Aerospace in North America.
As a kid, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
I wanted to be an astrophysicist when I was a child and wanted to work for a government space organization like NASA or ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization).
How far can YOU see? Where do you see the aerospace industry 10-20 years from now?
I see the following trends in the aerospace industry in next few years:
- Significant technological development in hybrid-electric propulsion in the next 5 to 10 years. Both big companies and start-ups are working to develop more eco-friendly and sustainable propulsion systems to reduce SFC and make planes quieter. Programs like NASA N+3 ensure that we have continued investment and research in these areas affecting future aerospace vehicles.
- Increase in small ( <500 kW) UAV market. The present small UAV industry is close to $9B with nearly 18% CAGR. Recent usage of UAVs in damage assessment and recovery efforts after Hurricane Harvey is a landmark in the evolution of drone usage and we will see significant growth and change in regulations in UAV usage in near future.
- Flying vehicle development and realization for personal transportation.
- Tremendous increase in use of AI in aircrafts for both commercial and military applications.
One insightful fact you want everyone to know:
We are insignificant beings in this vast creation we call Universe and our understanding of science has been only able to comprehend a miniscule part of it. This insight helps me when dealing with challenges that look too big at that time.
Fluid dynamics and Multi-physics, Aerodynamics, Aeroacoustics, Turbomachinery, Deep Learning for physical systems
Painting, Playing tennis, Astronomy, Ayurveda
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