Lauren Smith

Lauren Smith is a Concept Development Engineer working in Advanced Unmanned Systems Programs at Northrop Grumman Corporation. She performs a variety of functions contributing to the rapid design and maturation of novel unmanned systems concepts including technical design work, systems architecture development, mission engineering, and capture strategy.

Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, Lauren worked at NASA Glenn Research Center as an engineer in the Simulated Lunar Operations (SLOPE) Lab solving challenges in robot locomotion. She conducted her Master’s thesis work at Glenn and developed a patent-pending locomotion concept called the Tri-Wheel that is designed to increase robot mobility on search and rescue vehicles. She has presented this work internationally and has five publications related to her mechanism.

Lauren graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering in January 2015 and B.S. degrees in both Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering as well as a minor in political science in May 2013. She was awarded the Ohio Space Grant Consortium Fellowship to fund her graduate studies and research. Lauren was also the recipient of the Milton A. and Roslyn Z. Wolf Scholarship, fully funding one undergraduate per entering class in the university based on “academics, community involvement, and potential to make a difference in the world.”

In November 2014, Lauren was named by Aviation Week as one of their Twenty20s. With interests in not only unmanned systems but also in the space industry, she is a member of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC). In April 2015 she was selected as a panelist at SGAC’s Fusion Forum as one of four international delegates discussing public policy and its role in business in the space industry. She was also honored to be selected as a Master Moderator at the 31st Space Symposium, serving as emcee for one day of programming.

Outside the office and classroom, Lauren has been involved in STEM outreach, the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, student teaching and mentoring, volunteering at the art museum, and participation in dance productions.