From government research and commercial projects to military flight testing, wind tunnels, trajectory simulations and working in aircraft hangars, Jillian Yuricich has diverse, hands-on experience that can provide an insightful perspective on a variety of aerospace disciplines. She looks forward to using this background to help students identify which paths are a best fit for them based on their interests, aptitude, and career goals.
Jillian graduated from Ohio State in 2016 with Magna Cum Laude, Honors Engineering, and Honors Research distinctions in aeronautical and astronautical engineering with a minor in international studies, security and intelligence. As an undergraduate, she interned at Rolls Royce North America, NASA Ames Research Center, and the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). At the conclusion of her internship at NASA Ames, she published a paper titled “Turbulence Intensity at Inlet of 80- by 120-Foot Wind Tunnel Caused by Upwind Blockage” based on her research at the facility in 2013. Her time at NAVAIR with the Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division in the Fighter Concept Design and F/A-18 Flight Test groups also inspired her undergraduate research, focusing on using radar cross-section estimations early in the aircraft design process to integrate stealth design goals with performance targets. Supported by this commitment to research, she was twice selected for the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Award - the first Ohio State student to achieve these honors.
Jillian was appointed vice president of The Ohio State University’s AIAA Student Chapter and went on to initiate and chair that chapter's first public policy group. Jillian also participated in a similar program through the group Citizens for Space Exploration which traveled annually to DC for advocacy work on the Hill. Before coming to Tech for graduate school, Jillian produced a TedX talk focusing on her personal advice to those who are chasing their dreams.J
As a graduate student at Tech, Jillian focused on orbital mechanics and controls in the Space Systems Design Lab and participated as a U.S. Delegate at the 2017 Space Generation Fusion Forum supporting the United Nations Programme on Space Application. Jillian interned with Blue Origin as an aerodynamics engineer for the New Glenn launch vehicle program, and immediately began her career as a trajectory analysis engineer at SpaceX after graduating in 2018.