Cassi Miller

Title: 

Performance Engineer, Advanced Engine Systems

Company: 

GE Aviation

National Origin: 

USA

Current Location: 

Somerville, MA

Industry: 

Aircraft Engine Design

Educational Background: 

BS Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering, Clarkson University, 2013

ASP Classes: 

12.844 – Modeling and Assessment for Policy (Spring 2017)
16.715 – Aviation, Energy, and the Environment (Fall 2016)
10.571 – Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry (Spring 2016)
16.511 – Aircraft Engines and Gas Turbines (Fall 2015)

What factors brought you to the Advanced Study Program?: 

I learned about the ASP through a GE Aviation leadership program that offers new hires the opportunity to take graduate-level classes at several Boston-area universities. I was drawn to MIT’s unique class offerings, and ASP’s option of part-time enrollment. By taking one class per semester, I continued my career while also gaining a new set of skills. I have a special interest in combining my background in aircraft engine design with my interest in environmental studies, and have used my time at MIT to take classes focused on aircraft emissions, new technology, and the resulting environmental effects.

What's different about your professional life post-ASP?: 

Prior to enrolling in ASP, I really didn’t know much about my industry’s environmental impacts. Learning so much from my classes, and my interactions with students and faculty at the Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment, has led me to apply for full-time graduate studies next fall (editor's note: Cassi will be enrolling in an MIT degree program in Fall 2017!), so that I can do research and contribute to the future of aviation. Identifying a focus area that I’m genuinely passionate about has been a huge boost professionally. There are hundreds of jobs within GE Aviation, and my ASP experience has clarified for me which ones I want to pursue.