National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Glenn Research Center

Larry Bernard Murphy

Larry Bernard MurphyUniversity of Maryland
College Park, Maryland

Mechanical Engineering
Bachelor of Science, May 2009

NASA Project

Dust Mitigation: Designing Closed Circuit Wind Tunnel for Lunar Dust Testing
Principal Investigator: Dr. Juan Agui


I am a native of Petersburg and Chesterfield County, Virginia where I attended a Pre-Engineering High school. During high school, I was introduced to basic concepts and disciplines of engineering and decided that I wanted to pursue an engineering degree in college. Currently I attend the University of Maryland at College Park, where I am a junior mechanical engineering major.

I am also a student in two honors programs, The College Park Scholar’s and the Quality Enhancement Systems Teams (QUEST) program. The latter of the two is targeted towards teaching students from the engineering and business school topics of quality as they apply to consulting, business, and engineering. My future ambitions include obtaining a MBA and creating an opportunity for myself where I can combine my business knowledge and engineering interest in the aerospace industry. Ideally, I would like to start my own aerospace engineering consulting firm.


My sophomore year, I had the opportunity to conduct research in the Advanced Polymer Processing Lab at the university. The focus of the research was to develop polymer/carbon nanotube composites with the idea that there is a relationship between the manufacturing parameters and the mechanical and electrical properties. During my time in the lab, I had several responsibilities, such as operating a twin-screw extruder, conducting burn off and electrical conductivity test, and analyzing data. This experience introduced me to research and has increased my interest in pursing a research/technology career path.

Extracurricular Activities

Aside from my academic endeavors, I am active in a number of several student organizations. This past semester I was a community assistant in my dorm and I am currently very active in the Black Engineers Society and the University’s chapter of the NAACP. I also enjoy photography, reading, and sports.