Ryann Hee is a PhD candidate whose research interests center on the human aspects of aerospace engineering. Her current work, supported by a MathWorks Fellowship, is a project to define the optimal design space of a micro-electrical-mechanical (MEMS) scale Stirling engine. This work is modeled using MATLAB’s Simulink software. Her previous research endeavors include studies of the neuro-vestibular response in mixed gravitational environments and the development of virtual reality applications in zero gravity contexts. She has also made valuable contributions to the Platform for Expanding AUV exploRation to Longer ranges (PEARL) project and to the development of path planning and recovery methods for autonomous underwater vehicles with MOOS-IvP, an autonomy framework for marine vehicles. Ryann’s future work has strong potential to advance aerospace engineering through the development of innovative methods and applications.