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Monday, September 8, 2014

Draper Engineer Kristyna Smith Elected President of Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers Boston Professional Chapter

CAMBRIDGE, MA – The Boston Professional Chapter of the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) elected Kristyna Smith, an aerospace and mechanical engineer at Draper Laboratory, to serve as its president in a vote last month.

Smith came to Draper in February 2014. She works on inertial navigation technology and an airdrop system that autonomously delivers supplies like fuel, food, and water from cargo planes to soldiers on the ground.

SASE is intended to prepare scientists and engineers of Asian descent for success in the business world through networking, professional development, and community service projects.

Smith earned bachelors’ degrees in aerospace and mechanical engineering from Princeton University in 2013. Her undergraduate senior thesis – “Autonomous Flight Management System for Heavily-Trafficked Military Airspace” – was selected for presentation at AIAA’s Aviation 2014 conference in Atlanta earlier this summer.

“We’re thrilled to see Kristyna selected for a leadership role with SASE, where she can help strengthen the nation’s technical workforce and help groom the next generation of leaders in this area – critical issues to us here at Draper,” said John Dowdle, Draper’s vice president for engineering.

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