Amanda Chou

Newport News, VA, US
Field of Work 
Aeronautics and Propulsion
NASA Langley Research Center
Job Title or "Student" 
Research Aerospace Engineer
Purdue University
Aeronautics & Astronautics
Education Level 
Profile Biography 
I am a research aerospace engineer at NASA Langley Research Center. My work is primarily focused on improving computational models of fluid mechanics phenomena through designing experiments and making validation measurements in supersonic and hypersonic wind tunnels. My work focuses on supersonic and hypersonic boundary layer transition as a result of small surface roughness and the receptivity of freestream disturbances. I received my BS in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2008, my MS in Aeronautics & Astronautics from Purdue University in 2010, and my PhD in Aeronautics & Astronautics from Purdue University in 2014. Outside of work, I also teach yoga part time and make jewelry using metalworking fabrication techniques. I enjoy hiking and running. I am also the K-12 STEM outreach coordinator for my local section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Reading, Travel, Other
Race & Ethnicity 
Level of Participation 
Online role model
My Experience 
I have been a Role Model many times.
Evenings, Weekends
Career exploration activities, Fun demonstrations or materials, Funding opportunities, Hands-on activities for students, Identifying other role models, Online Mentoring (email or Skype)
Program Affiliation 
Federal Employee, Girl Scouts, Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
Other Interests 
metalsmithing, yoga, hiking
Federal Employee Bureau/Department 

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