Grace Gong

Undergraduate Class of 2022 - MAE
Senior Thesis

Grace Gong (c/o 2022) worked in the Space Physics Lab from 2020-to 2022 while completing a B.S.E. degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and a certificate in Materials Science and Engineering. Under the guidance of Professor David McComas, Dr.Jamie Rankin, and other members of the Space Physics Group, she contributed to various engineering projects in the lab, such as designing support structures for vacuum pumps and CAD modeling the vacuum system in collaboration with Alexandros Papamatthaiou (c/o 2021). For her virtual junior project, "Optimization of an Ion Beam Line at Ultra-High Vacuum to Simulate Solar Wind," she modeled the lab's ion beam line in MolFlow+ and designed knife-edge apertures to modify pressures within the vacuum system. For her senior project, "Launching Ultrathin Foil Floating Capabilities at the Princeton Space Physics Lab," in collaboration with Nina Arcot (M.Eng. c/o 2022), she constructed a foil floating station within the clean room and characterized the foil samples at the Imaging and Analysis Center. After graduation, Grace will be working as a patent agent at Morrison & Foerster and hopes to pursue a career in patent law.