ESP Biography

NAYLAH CANTY, MIT freshman studying Aerospace Engineering

Major: 16

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2023

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Hello! My name is Naylah Canty and I am a freshman aiming to study Course 16 (AeroAstro) here at MIT. I come from a semi-urban, but not suburban, area near Atlanta, Georgia, where I attended an Arts High School. In high school, I devoted my evenings to Girls Who Code, FRC Robotics, Mock Trial, Math Modelling, and Volunteering. I am currently an undergraduate researcher in MIT's Space Propulsion Laboratory, working under graduate students to characterize new ion spray thruster propellants. I am also a member of the Black Student Union, the dance group Sakata Afrique, and Rocket Team. My career goals are not completely solidified yet, but I hope to ultimately make a profound impact on space travel using ingenious innovation and physics.

Past Classes

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E13347: Electric Propulsion for Modern Spacecraft in Splash 2019 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2019)
An overview of electric propulsion systems suited for deep space missions such as the Hall Thruster, Ion Spray Thruster, Solar Sail, and Magneto Plasma Dynamic (MPD) Thruster. This class will give you a basic understanding on how electromagnetic principles let new age propulsion systems generate thrust in the vacuum of space. You will also get to create a mini Solar Sail of your own!