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Young Professional Profile November 2018
Name: Priyanka Cholleti
Currently lives in
Masters in Aerospace Engineering (2013) - University of Houston
At Siemens I have the privilege to work with a number of industry leaders in the aerospace field. My job is to counsel and guide them on their current and new products from the design phase itself. Working with a variety of aerospace customers has helped me realize that aerospace is so much more than just rockets and spacecraft. I work on cutting-edge technology that analyzes flow fields and predicts the structural and aerodynamic behavior of moving objects in their environment. This saves my clients millions of dollars and months of time by avoiding experimental or wind tunnel testing for their products.
As a kid, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
An astronaut! I was fortunate enough to be a part of a Young Astronauts program in the fifth grade, that's when I knew I wanted to be an astronaut when I grew up. I did everything I could to achieve my goal, which was to work at NASA. After graduating with my masters in Aerospace Engineering I got a full-time position working at NASA JSC.
How far can YOU see? Where do you see the aerospace industry 10–20 years from now?
With the help of private organizations pushing technology to the limits I feel in the next 10 to 20 years the aerospace industry is going to be playing the biggest role ever. By then the U.S. will have their own crew capsule to get to space, and the likes of Elon Musk and Richard Branson will be sure to get fuel efficient ways of travel to space and beyond. I truly can't wait to see what the future holds when I can we can all travel to space!
One insightful fact you want everyone to know:
Never give up on your dreams. You never know what can be possible until you try and put yourself out there, you have nothing to lose and only so much to gain. My favorite quote is "Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars." by Norman Peale.
I am a part of the AIAA community here in NY and that allows me to be very active in my professional space. I enjoy everything computational fluid dynamics related as well as all things space.
I love to coach gymnastics, I also enjoy travelling the world and trying all sorts of new foods.
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