The Spaceship Company
October 2019 - Present
Internship: June 2019 - August 2019
Associate Flight Sciences Engineer
Overview: Aerodynamics, Performance + Handling Qualities
Mission Control Console - Thermal, training.
Overview: Explore various sectors of Flight Sciences department through slosh CFD, MATLAB, and product development + integration review. Additional responsibilities include Hazard Assessment reports for SpaceShip2 and WhiteKnight2.
Extra: Aerospace Games team coordinator - woohoo!
Highlight: There is a literal SpaceShip in the building....
Florida Polytechnic University
August 2018 - May 2019
Funded by Hinkley Center
Overview: Work to provide characterization of the leachate organic matter (LOM) over an extended period with variations in environmental conditions, including rainfall. Remediation studies with complete analytical characterization will demonstrate the difference between conventional remediation techniques and our innovative SCOPES with respect to advanced chemical/photocatalytic oxidation of LOM components. The studies aim to show greater efficiency and a cost reduction compared to competing technologies (e.g. reverse osmosis and algae based membrane bioreactors). They will also provide mechanistic and processing parameters valuable to the stakeholders.
*Material Synthesis Lead & Research Website Coordinator
Highlight: My co-researchers are so much fun!
Launch Services, Inc.
May - August 2018
Brooke Owens Fellowship host company placement
Responsibilities: Plan and establish a nationwide program plan that increases university accessibility to hypersonic flight conditions and boundary layer testing. Conduct market research and meetings with industry professionals such as business owners and university professors. Calculate rocket vehicle payload constraints for various flight profiles. Organize and edit the GO1 rocket vehicle Payload User Guide & ICD. Participate in Brooke Owens Summit Grand Challenge to mitigate overall effects of orbital debris through technology and policy.
Highlight: Staying up all night to watch static fire testing of the GO1 EDU!!
*GO1 has been renamed the X-60A
May - August 2017
Mechanical Engineering Intern
Exploration and Research Technology Programs - UB-A, Life Sciences
Mentors: Dr. Gioia Massa & Dr. Matthew Mickens
Responsibilities: Conduct daily checks and analysis of experimental crops in EGC environmentally controlled chambers under simulated International Space Station conditions for use in set ups such as NASA Veggie and the Advanced Plant Habitat. Monitor and adjust light intensity measurement in grow
chamber setups using SpectraWiz and spectra-radiometer for optimal plant growth. Gather biomass data prior to chemical sample preparation. Participate in "Brainstorming Innovative Approaches to Food Production through Open Source" and reported findings to attending parties. Complete safety and
assurance courses and Human Innovation Training. Understand control system environments on board the International Space Station and the experimental procedures around them. [June – Aug 2017]
Highlight: Hosting a "Life in Space" session for local scouts at the Astronaut Memorial Foundation and hearing what a typical 3rd grader would want to eat in space :)
Florida Polytechnic University
January - May 2017
Funded through the NASA Florida Space Research Program
PI: Dr. Robert Austin and Dr. Melba Horton
Responsibilities: Design experimental procedure and conduct background research. Explore radiation resistance potential of Trehalose in sample biological, Tretrahymena, through cell cultures and independent experimental design. Present findings at monthly NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium board meeting in April, 2017
Highlight: Getting (to attempt) to keep living cultures alive!
UN Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) SGx
- Volunteered as the 2020 Event Speaker Coordinator
Brooke Owens Fellowship Social Networking Manager
- Content creation and brand management for recruitment and awareness of the Brooke Owens Fellowship community.
Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram
Florida Poly/Hinkley Center Research Website
Manage website details and postings for research professor.
Student Astronaut Challenge Video
Held by Xploration Station, the Student Astronaut Contest required the production of a video explaining why you'd be a great contender.
NASA Veggie Research Final Presentation
As a NASA intern, I was tasked with creating a presentation of my research findings for the local team. Export permission received.
Outreach Marketing Poster (Example)
From the ASTRO/Explorations V collaboration event.
Event Poster (Example)
From a speaker series event hosted by ASTRO at FL Poly.
Personal Twitter (@paytonbarnwell)
Used to communicate STEM/Space topics to various audiences using personal experiences and NASA Socials to gain general interest (and to show that women in STEM can live normal lives!).