Working as a summer intern for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Langley Research Center, Karan Arora, a recent graduate from the Rutgers University School of Engineering, was featured on NASA's website for his participation in the Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholars program.
“It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life,” stated Arora, as he described the critical role that each piece of the internship played in establishing his career path. As an intern for the program for two consecutive years, Arora was able to take on more responsibility as his passion for learning and ability to take initiative were the driving forces behind the success of his experience.
Arora’s work this past summer mainly focused on design simplification of a force balance, which is used to measure aerodynamic forces and moments on aircraft structures in a wind tunnel. As an alumnus of Rutgers University, Arora had a few suggestions for the current students of his alma mater.
“It gets a lot easier when you end up doing something that you love, I’ve always wanted to work for NASA, and now that I have the chance I’m looking for the next step, it’s all about the stepping stones,” said Arora, in reference to his overall experience within the NASA community. “They encouraged me to network and meet new people constantly,” Arora stated, when asked of his experience working with two different mentors over the past two summers. Arora’s current work in the Ground Facilities and Testing Directorate has given him “a fresh perspective of calibration, testing, and experimentation”, all of which are critical elements to be a successful aerospace engineer.