Fellow:Abby Maltese

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Abby Maltese
School (Cohort)
James Madison University (2020 cohort)
Majoring in
United States of America


Hi my name is Abby Maltese and I am a junior engineering student at JMU. I am passionate about space exploration and hope to one day work as an aerospace engineer. Outside of school, I like sewing and traveling/exploring where I am. I am on the JMU Women's Soccer team which has given me so many opportunities and friendships. My goal for UIF is to leave a positive legacy at JMU and more specifically JMU Engineering. I hope to be a positive role model to other students and future JMU UIF cohorts.



James Madison University Harrisonburg, Virginia

Expected Graduation: May 2022 Cumulative

GPA: 3.77

Major GPA: 3.66

Major: Engineering

Minor: Mathematics, Honors

JMU Honors College (2018-Present), Madison Engineering Changemaker Fellow (2018-Present)


Aeroacoustics Independent Research (August 2019-Present)

Working to improve existing OPENFOAM (flame trench model), including determining required inputs and obtaining them. Also extending model, including relaxing assumptions to date.

Working with gmsh, OpenFOAM, and ParaView

This project is a continuation of a previous student group project with the help of Dr. Caroline P. Lubert

Invent for the Planet Competition (2020)

Finalist (2020)

Key member of student team to define, design, and present a solution that would help make cities smarter

48-hour design competition competing against other JMU teams where we placed 1st

Further work on submission to Texas A&M in the worldwide competition Our team’s design was selected to be 1 of 5 finalists out of 31 universities to submit their winning teams

JMU Women’s Varsity Soccer (2018-Present)

Player on the JMU women’s soccer team

Balanced a full academic course load with 20 hours of competitions, practices, and meetings per week

Additional community service and team commitments to help the Harrisonburg and JMU community

Gained valuable leadership and team-building experience

Higher Orbits Go for the Launch Competition (2018) – Dulles, Virginia

Division Winner (2018)

Key member of student team to define, design, and present an experiment for space

Our team’s design was selected as competition winner and launched to the International Space Station on the NG-10 in November 2018

Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) Boat Design Competition (2017-2018)

Design Finalist (2018)

Key member of a team of 6 students representing BWHS to design a boat for the SNAME competition

As a finalist, our team’s boat design was constructed by The Apprentice School at Newport News Shipping and raced in competition


Autodesk Certified User Proficient in AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, MATLAB, Solid Works, and gmsh software


SWE Vice President (Present)

Help to set up meetings, encourage student engagement, and organize community outreach events


James Madison University President’s List (Fall 2018)

Colonial Athletic Association Commissioner’s Academic Award (Fall 2018 and 2019)

James Madison University Dean’s List (Spring 2019, Fall 2019, and Spring 2020)

Social media profiles

Instagram: abby_maltese3

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