About me

Hi there! You're about to get to know my journey and how I get to where I am today. As I am an aerospace engineer, I'll tell you my story in an aerospace setting. Let's see my flight path!

As you can see here, it has been quite a journey for me. In fact, I have spent about a third of my life span in the United States, studying aerospace engineering. Of course, during this journey there are ups and downs, but without these, I will not be the way I am today.

"Everything happens for a reason, even when it's not obvious at the time. So, occasionally look back and reflect on what has happened. You'll be amazed how each event has led you to the next event. "

Let the journey begins!

It's all started with a memorable event in my childhood. Around the age of four, I got the opportunity to see the cockpit and have the pilot demonstrate how an altitude indicator works at the end of a flight from Jakarta to Singapore. It was a very brief demonstration, but it left a deep impression on me. Until now, I still remember clearly how I was very amazed with how many buttons and instruments in the cockpit, and wondered how these pilots actually flew the aircraft. At the end of the demonstration, I told myself that maybe one day I could contribute to the advancement of aviation technology. Little did I know that later on, I will actually pursue a career in this field.

First stop: Washington state

My study abroad experience starts at the age of sixteen. In Fall 2007, I enrolled in the high school completion program at Green River College (GRC) in Auburn, Washington with desire to be an aerospace engineer. However at this stage of my education, I had little to no experience of real engineering work and no strong reason to justify my choice of major besides my interest in airplanes and my superb ability in mathematics and science. To make matters worse, many people I knew questioned my choice and my future in such a male-dominated field. Despite all questions and doubts that others expressed, I decided to continue on my journey.

During my study at GRC, I did not only study hard on my courses, but I was also involved in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) group at the college. Through this engineering group, I had the opportunity to participate in human-powered paper vehicle competition, get hands-on experience to work on various engineering projects, and be part of a group in a male-dominated field. Moreover, I worked at the Math Learning Center as a mathematics tutor. Here, I found the joy of teaching and helping students to develop more interest in mathematics and science. At the end of my two-year education at GRC, I earned my high school diploma and Associate Degree in Engineering. But more importantly, I had a clearer view on what engineering is all about, which career path to take, and what it feels to be a female in a male-dominated field. With these, I continued my education to university with confidence that I had chosen the right major for me.

Second stop: Michigan state

Upon graduation from GRC, I transferred to the University of Michigan: Ann Arbor to major in aerospace engineering and minor in mathematics. Here, I had my first research experience, starting from experiments with eXtended Solar Array System (XSAS) for a CubeSat to developing a computational fluid dynamics code for atmospheric contaminant transport. Not only that, this is the place where I got the opportunity to become a UROP peer adviser to freshmen, sophomores, and transfer students, introducing them to research and helping them with their academics. At the end of my undergraduate years, I realized that I enjoyed computational research and mentoring, and thus, I decided to continue to my education to graduate level.

Third stop: California state

My graduate study started at Stanford University. Here, I earned Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics. Although this is my shortest stop, the experiences I obtained here are very valuable. During my study here, I was exposed to many different paths I could take after graduation, such as working in industry, building a startup, joining an existing startup, or continuing to doctoral level. These options opened my eyes and encouraged me to think about what I truly want to do next. On my last summer at Stanford, I realized that nothing I want more than continuing my education to doctoral level and have Prof. Krzysztof Fidkowski as my faculty adviser.

Current stop: Michigan state

So, guess where I am now? I am currently pursuing a doctoral degree in aerospace engineering and scientific computing at the University of Michigan: Ann Arbor. I am working with other PhD students in the Computational Fluid Dynamics Group (CFDG) under supervision of Prof. Krzysztof Fidkowski. My work focuses on developing of a robust and accurate computational fluid dynamics code, which plays an important role in reducing the number of expensive wind tunnel tests needed during the aircraft design process. My previous work includes writing a simulation code to find the source of atmospheric contaminant release based on sensor readings; this is the research project I started a while back during my undergraduate years with Prof. Krzysztof Fidkowski. This simulation code can be used as guidance in the decision-making process in the event of biological or chemical attacks in urban environments.