Audrey Waliliong

B.S.A.E. 2023

What is your next adventure? 
I will take a break next semester and will begin my master’s program in the fall, but will take this summer to spend time with family. I plan on looking for an internship doing vertical lift or robotics for the summer.

What about your next adventure are you most looking forward to?
I'm looking forward to going back to see my family in Indonesia. 

Did you have any previous co-op, internship, or research experience in this area?
I did an internship at Warner, an automotive company, last summer where I did controls engineering, but I worked mostly with software. I entered the data for software testing.

This past semester, I was working with and I'm still working with Professor Marilyn Smith in the Nonlinear Computational Aeroelasticity Laboratory (NCAEL). We're doing some battery testing which is one of the most fulfilling lab experiences I've had because I got to do things hands-on.

I also get to work with a lot of great people including Lee Witcher. In the spring, I also worked with Professor Kelly Griendling in preparation for the summer STEP Program. We worked on a robotics project for the program in Albany that she was hosting. I designed a small helicopter kit or quadcopter kit for the high school students to build in the summer with two other AE students. 

How did your educational experience at Georgia Tech help you to achieve your goals?
I now understand how planes fly. That was my main goal. There are also a lot of opportunities to try different things. I got to try more of the simulation side towards the beginning of my undergraduate education and then now I get to do more lab testing. It's given me opportunities and real experience in different areas of aerospace. With my skills, I’m open to any new experiences.

What advice would you give to an underclassman who would like to follow the same path?
Be interested in everything because it makes it easier sometimes. Also, community is important. Make friends because you will help each other out. Usually, people who are proactive band together and then you get a lot of help from them, like in school, but also when looking for work and stuff like that.

Get involved. I am in the GT Lifting Club. I compete for their powerlifting team, and it’s a community of people who often go to the Campus Recreation Center (CRC) and lift heavy weights. I have formed friendships through that community.