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ESP Biography



RICK FENRICH, Stanford PhD student in Aero/Astro




Major: Aero/Astro

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: 2018

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Hello! I am a fourth year grad student in the Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering Department and love aircraft design. In the past I have researched topology optimization for conceptual aircraft design and have built several remote control aircraft. My current research focuses on design under uncertainty. Outside of class I enjoy rock climbing, camping, and playing clarinet.



Past Classes

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E5596: The Truth About Flight in Splash Spring 2017 (Apr. 22 - 23, 2017)
What makes an airplane fly? Why are airplanes shaped like they are? This class takes a brief look at the history, physics, and engineering behind flight, and ends with a paper airplane contest where you can test out your own flying creation.


E5266: Introduction to Optimization in Splash Fall 2016 (Dec. 03 - 04, 2016)
What's the fastest way you can get home from school? How can you maximize your startup's profit? How light can you make an airplane? Why are bubbles spherical? These are all examples of optimization problems, which can be found in nature, science, engineering, and your daily life. This class maximizes the fun in learning about this everyday concept while minimizing boredom. We'll talk about what optimization is, real life examples of it, and basic methods for optimizing (i.e. minimizing or maximizing) various things of interest. At the end you'll have a hands on opportunity to build and test your own optimization algorithm with a team.


E4618: Introduction to Optimization in Splash Fall 2015 (Nov. 07 - 08, 2015)
What's the fastest way you can get home from school? How can you maximize your startup's profit? How light can you make an airplane? Why are bubbles spherical? These are all examples of optimization problems, which can be found in nature, science, engineering, and your daily life. This class maximizes the fun in learning about this everyday concept while minimizing boredom. We'll talk about what optimization is, real life examples of it, and basic methods for optimizing (i.e. minimizing or maximizing) various things of interest. At the end you'll have a hands on opportunity to build and test your own optimization algorithm with a team.


E3889: Aircraft Design in Splash Fall 2014 (Nov. 08 - 09, 2014)
What does it take to design an airplane? We'll take a closer look at how aircraft go from the blackboard to the sky. Then we'll break into teams and design our own aircraft! No prior experience needed.


E3672: The Truth About Flight in Splash! Spring 2014 (Apr. 12 - 13, 2014)
What makes an airplane fly? Why are airplanes shaped like they are? This class takes a brief look at the history, physics, and engineering behind flight, and ends with a paper airplane contest where you can test out your own flying creation.