National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Glenn Research Center

Sabrina N. Thompson

Sabrina N. ThompsonGeorgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA

Aerospace Engineering
Master of Science, May 2010

Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY

Mechanical Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering, May 2007

NASA Academy Research Project:
Implementation of Variable Rotor Speed Control for Subsonic Rotary Wing Aircraft

Principle Investigator:
Mr. Jonathan Litt


Selflessness is next to Godliness. I strive to live everyday not for myself, but for the betterment of others. Our time here on Earth is short, so I spend my time taking steps outside of my comfort zone and experiencing life the way it was meant to be experienced.


My most treasured leadership experience comes from my position as a walk-on player for the women’s basketball team at Stony Brook University. The hardships endured as a “non-scholarship” athlete taught me lessons of perseverance and dedication. I used those lessons to not only gain success on the basketball court and in the classroom, but in other aspects of life as well. During my tenure as a scholar athlete, I used lessons learned to encourage my teammates to persevere on and off the basketball court. Through one on one tutoring and committing my time to helping teammates improve their performance in academics and in athletics, I became a role model for my teammates and others around me. Today, I continue to persevere and dedicate myself to helping others.

During my years as an undergraduate student, I served on many subcommittees and held the position as secretary for the Stony Brook University Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). As a graduate student, I have served on numerous committees including the 2008 Georgia Tech Graduate Technical Symposium ([GT]2) Committee, 2007-2008 Black Graduate Student Association Recognition Night Committee, and NSBE Graduate School Conference Committee. Recently I have been elected secretary for Georgia Institute of Technology Black Graduate Student Association for the 2008-2009 term.

Work Experience / Research / Hobbies:

I received my first internship position in my sophomore year of college at Kaleidoscope, a product development company in Ronkonkoma, New York. Soon after, I received my first research project at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL)in Upton, New York, where I conducted research on the demolition of a 320-foot main stack as a part of the environmental cleanup effort at BNL. In my junior year, I interned with Honda of America Manufacturing Inc. (HAM) in East Liberty, Ohio. It was at HAM where my interest in propulsion systems originated. My current research as a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) at Georgia Institute of Technology includes engine cycle performance analysis and system level modeling and simulation using tools such as Flight Optimization System (FLOPS) and Numerical Propulsion Simulation System (NPSS).

Aside from work and academics, I enjoy playing and watching basketball. Since I am a freelance artist, a lot of my time is spent creating artistic masterpieces and reading books. I find myself always yearning for knowledge, so I read a lot, mostly the books in the Bible. Recently, I find myself taking pleasure in writing as well.

My future goal is to work as a research engineer for NASA and become an astronaut. Ultimately, I aim to become one of the very few African-American female leaders in the field of aerospace engineering.