About Katherine Bradley

Katherine Bradley is a senior at Hanover High School. She is going to major in engineering in college next year. As part of a Senior Bridges Project, she has the chance to work with engineering companies around the upper valley to explore the various jobs engineers do. She has a passion for emerging technology, ranging from UAVs to automobiles.

Bidding Farewell to My Internship at ANSYS

image of Katherine Bradley - Internship ANSYSAs a farewell to my internship, I am writing this piece to reflect on my time working as a guest blogger for ANSYS. For my high school Senior Independent Study, I searched for companies involved in engineering around the upper valley. It was my friend’s father, Swaminathan Subbiah, the vice president of corporate product and market strategy at ANSYS,  who worked with me and helped me to establish an internship at ANSYS. He has been the catalyst for my involvement at ANSYS, by helping to educate me about ANSYS and finding an internship that suited me. Sandy Adam, the manager of social media marketing at ANSYS, then took over with a crash course on the art of blogging. She gave me ideas for articles and acted as my editor.

My first assignment was to research, conduct interviews, and draft an article on drones. I remember walking into the ANSYS office in Lebanon, N.H., one rainy Friday to interview Subbiah, Suti, and Rob for the article. Once I signed in and donned my visitor pass, I was led through a labyrinth of natural wood, green carpeting, and winding staircases. Eventually I found myself in Subbiah’s office. A floor-to-ceiling window circled the back of the room, while on the wall there was a large chalk board, detailing formulas and diagrams that looked like Einstein’s work. Continue reading

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and ANSYS Part II

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Katherine Bradley discusses unmanned aerial vehicles with Swaminathan Subbiah from ANSYS

“Designing unmanned aerial vehicles has many technical challenges, on the fluid dynamics side as well as the software control side,” remarked Swaminathan Subbiah, the vice president of corporate product and market strategy at ANSYS. In my last blog, I talked about unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and their use in reconnaissance in the military and commercial applications in industry. I also touched on how ANSYS software solved some engineering problems of UAVs. To find out how ANSYS was involved, I interviewed Suti Wirogo, the senior technical account manager, and Rob Harwood, the aerospace and defense Industry marketing director, both at ANSYS. We all sat down one rainy Friday afternoon to discuss the challenges of UAVs and how ANSYS can help to solve the devices’ engineering challengers. Continue reading

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and ANSYS

Hi all. My name is Katherine Bradley, and I am a senior at Hanover High School in New Hampshire. As part of my senior independent project, I am exploring different types of engineering and emerging technology. ANSYS has been kind enough to help me on my trek by endorsing my research into various subjects that are linked to ANSYS. In particular, I’m interested in the subject of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). I decided to research it further and find out how ANSYS is involved. In the first of a two-part piece, I describe UAVs and how ANSYS software solves engineering problems. In the second part, I examine how ANSYS, in particular, has helped to solve some engineering problems during the development of UAVs. Enjoy!

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Katherine Bradley and Swaminathan Subbiah discussing unmanned aerial vehicles at the ANSYS office in Lebanon, NH

“People have been making aircraft for years, and they know how to make aircraft fly. Typically the airplane involves a pilot, passengers and cargo. The pilot’s primary job is to watch over and manage the plane. Now, when we take away the pilot, it’s a robot. So how do you redesign the airplane so it still flies safely and appropriately?” explained Swaminathan Subbiah, the vice president of corporate product and market strategy at ANSYS. In a world in which technology is growing exponentially, UAVs are becoming popular in aerospace and defense Industries. Companies like General Atomics, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, you name it are all investing in UAVs. So what’s all the big fuss about autonomous planes? Continue reading