Karl Roush

GRA, Georgia Tech · (706) 873-1987 · karl@karlroush.com

Leadership, Research, Service

Aerospace Engineer working on innovative solutions for an ever-changing world!✈🚀🛰
From ground-level work on test setups, jet & rocket engines to high-flying research in hypersonics, satellites, & aircraft emissions, my work is out of this world! If I'm not out biking, you can catch me learning more about systems design, ML/AI, and cybersecurity.

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Currently pursuing a MS-AE Georgia Tech after finishing BS-AE 2020, Highest Honors at GT. All of my publicly available data, documentations, and publications can be found at github.com/karoush

I'm always looking for new projects- let's connect on social media!

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Project Component Engineering Intern

Aerojet Rocketdyne
  • Main role is to connect the various other divisions of design, test, assembly, and analysis to produce a functioning product
  • Working on several of AR's rocket-based projects
  • Assisting with internal troubleshooting & investigations
  • Eliminated multiple non-conformance issues, saving >$100,000 of components
May 2021 - Present

Aerospace Systems Design Lab (ASDL)

Graduate Research Assistant
  • Test stand design and feasibility study of H2 fuel cell light aircraft
  • Evaluating Smart Airport technology use cases and prioritization in partnership with FAA, NIA, and OST
  • Designing space-based ISR architectures for use in polar operations
  • Building a digital design enviroment to examine refurbishable hypersonic ISR vehicles
  • Determining readiness/affordability metric for aircraft emissions reduction technologies
Fabrication Lead: Air Force Research Lab APOP
  • AFRL engineering and university outreach design competition using the Jet Cat P100-RX engine
  • Presented novel thrust vectoring measurement system at AIAA Propulsion & Energy Forum 2020
  • Responsible for the creation of all components for both testing and final design on the APOP team.
  • Increased the thrust/weight ratio of a small gas turbine engine by 13.67%
August 2018 - Present

Competitive Innovation Consultant

MindSumo: A competitive problem-solving platform
  • Ranked #3 of 350,000+ solvers
  • Chosen as a winner for 93% of competitions (Mindsumo All-Star average= 20%)
  • Ranked 3rd Overall, 1st in Engineering, 1st in Science
  • Awarded wins from AAA, Mozilla, NASA, Siemens, GSK, et. al
May 2017 - Present

UTSR Gas Turbine Industrial Fellowship

  • Determined viability of hybrid cycle UAVs for ISR missions & created an NPSS tool for subsequent mission analysis
  • Designed and built laser PIV system for <10% of quoted industry cost for low speed turbulence testing
  • Standardized unit conversions in NPSS for international use
  • Streamlined data collection of drag testing (65% time reduction)
  • Created documentation for a 1960s era gas generator to expedite troubleshooting & testing
May 2019 - August 2019

Ben T. Zinn Combustion Lab

Undergraduate Student Researcher
January 2018 - May 2018

Rutgers, Wireless Information Network Lab (WINLAB)

Electrical Engineering/CS Student Researcher
June 2016 - August 2017


Master of Science, Aerospace Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology

Continuation of GT's AE BS/MS honor program, under the Aerospace Systems Design Lab
Research work in hypersonics, space based ISR, smart airports, & aviation emissions.


  • Advanced Design Methods
  • Intro to Systems of Systems Engineering


  • Applied Design Lab
  • Aircraft Design
August 2020 - December 2021

Bachelor of Science, Aerospace Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology

Graduated with Highest Honors in three years
ΣΓΤ Honor Society, AE BS/MS Honor Program
* indicates graduate level course


  • Propulsion System Design*
  • Advanced Aircraft Propulsion
  • Jet and Rocket Propulsion
  • Vehicle Performance

Computer Science

  • Optimization Design for Engineering Systems*
  • Cybersecurity Lecture series*
  • Engineering Graphics


  • Linear Algebra
  • Multivariable Calculus
  • Probability and Statistics with Applications
  • Differential Equations


  • Dynamics and Controls lab
  • Controls
  • System Dynamics and Vibrations


  • Structural Analysis
  • Deformable Bodies
  • Dynamics
  • Engineering Materials


  • Aerodynamics
  • Experimental Fluids and Solid Mechanics
  • Thermofluids
August 2017 - May 2020

Oxford University

Georgia Institute of Technology, Study Abroad Program

Program to study and learn first-hand through the lens of multiple European cultures.
5 weeks of travel around Europe (music and arts focus), 6 weeks of residence in Oxford (AE focus).

May 2018 - August 2018



Analysis of Aviation Emissions Policies
  • Analysis of key stakeholders' roadmaps to hit 2050 emissions targets
  • Identification of revolutionary technologies to aid in meeting these goals
  • Created attainability and readiness metric to compare technologies
Jet Engine Cycle Analysis & Optimization
  • Off-design cycle analysis of a separate flow turbofan in NPSS
  • Modified aforementioned model to statisfy numerous temperature and pressure contraints
  • Optimized engine parameters for longest range when mounted in a scaled version of the Boeing 737-800 to notionally represent a next generation, single-aisle class variants called the B737-MAX.
  • Designed & optimized: compressor, combustor, and turbine of a small, single spool turbojet engine
  • Evaluated off-design performance, supporting design decisions

Computer Science

NASA Discovery 2: An NLP Driven Mission for Topic Generation from NASA Datasets
  • Wells Fargo Campus Analytics Challenge 2019 winner
  • Used Natural Language Processing to generate topics based on publicly available NASA dataset
  • The approach used extends beyond the popular LDA method to identify topics present in the data set descriptions.
  • Consequently, this method could be used to tag similar datasets or quantitatively determine the topical overlap.
Natural Language Processing (NLP) Semantris Solver
  • Uses a computer vision in combination with Merriam-Webster's Thesaurus API and an NLP model built from Google News data
  • Solves the Google Experiment Semantris
  • Revamped version of @pravj's project "semantris-solver" ,
Lifestyle Importance Weighted Carbon Footprint Reduction
  • Wells Fargo Campus Analytics Challenge 2018 winner
  • Built a machine learning model that recommends lifestyle changes to minimize carbon footprint without affecting life quality
  • Attended the 2019 Wells Fargo Analytics Summit to present to top level data wranglers
LoL Player Stats
  • Tool that returns numerous player stats from their League of Legends match history
  • Designed to be an introduction for data analysts in Esports
  • Utilizes Cassiopeia, a well-documented Python wrapper for the Riot API and provides clear use case examples
Positional Presence
  • Spent two days learning from scratch how to use the Riot Games API
  • Built a tool to determine the relative differences in role presence at an apex competitive level in the game League of Legends and compare across regions
  • Used statistical analysis to demonstrate the relative agency of each role and the difference in playstyles from regions ranging from North America to South Korea


  • AIAA Abe M. Zarem Graduate Student Award in Aeronautics for
    "Designing for Security: A Cybersecurity Introduction for Aerospace Education"
    Presenting at SciTech 2022 and International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS 2022)
  • Graduated BS-AE in three years, Highest Honors
  • UTSR Gas Turbine Industrial Fellow (2019)

  • Eagle Scout Rank Award, Bronze Palm and Gold Palm
  • Wells Fargo Campus Analytics Challenge Winner 2019
  • Wells Fargo Campus Analytics Challenge Winner 2018
  • International Best Use of Data- NASA Space Apps Hackathon (2016)
  • Class 4 Laser Safety Certified
  • AE Machine Shop Certified

Soft Skills
  • Leadership
  • Logistics
  • Acquisition
  • German (ILR-2)

Engineering Tools
  • Numerical Propulsion System Simulation (NPSS)
  • C++, MATLAB
  • SolidWorks, Inventor
  • XFOIL and AVL
  • OpenVSP
  • Multidisciplinary design optimization
  • Mill, lathe, band saw, drill press, sanders
  • 3D Printing
Programming Languages
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects
  • Blender


American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Georgia Tech Student Chapter

Graduate Liaison (2020- ), Chair (2019-20)

AIAA as a whole is a national organization dedicated to addressing the professional needs of the aerospace industry. They hold several conferences a year and publish a number of peer reviewed journals.
The GT student chapter hosts events open to undergraduate and graduate students of all majors and focus on enriching students' understanding of and appreciation for the aerospace industry through interactions with professionals and industry leaders, research and technical development opportunities, etc.


Information security club
Vice President (2019-20), External Comm Admin (2018-19)

GreyHat serves as Georgia Tech's cyber security club. GreyHat holds two weekly meetings: a general meeting in which members or guest lecturers present on cyber security topics and an applied lecture where students learn critical infosec concepts.

HyTech Racing, Aero-composites

Georgia Tech's Formula Student Electric Team
HyTech Racing is an award-winning student-run organization at the Georgia Institute of Technology dedicated to furthering students' engineering experience through the rigorous design and development of Formula Student electric vehicles.

Scouting at GT

Georgia Tech club for Scouts
A group for former Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to continue their scouting lives at Georgia Tech by initiating and taking part in adventure and service opportunities. We work to give back to the community.

Spare Time Sponges

Often, I will take some time to do a deep dive on a topic to learn more. These explorations soak up quite a bit of time and often end with a personal project.
It is not always directly related to my research work or education, so I’ve chosen not to highlight it in the PROJECTS section.

NVIDIA Real-time Ray Tracing with RTX On Contest
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  • Utilized Blender’s Cycles rendering engine to demonstrate the importance of Thermal Management Systems
  • Modeled three (space, air ground) systems to demonstrate the varying reflectivities of spacecraft
  • Entered as part of NVIDIA's GTC RTX On contest
Titanfall Smart Pistol MK5
  • Designed, modeled, and constructed a replicate Titanfall Smart Pistol MK5
  • ABS plastic components with 1,820+ hours of 3D printing time
  • Currently re-designing with tighter tolerances and embedded electronics
Image compositing & Facial Recognition Cloaking
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  • Cloned myself in one image using Photoshop
  • Deployed image cloaking to thwart facial recognition algorithms via Fawkes
Metal Forge
  • Developed a small-scale metal melting forge, for usage in other personal projects
  • Currently re-designing to increase heat retention and efficiency