Lansing Horan, IV

  • Program Year: 1
  • Academic Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Field of Study: Nuclear Engineering/Plasma Physics
  • Academic Advisor: Jack Hare
  • Practicum(s): Practicum Not Yet Completed
  • Degree(s):
    M.S. Nuclear Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, 2020; B.S. Nuclear Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2018

Publications

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PUBLICATIONS
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1) Lansing S. Horan IV, Darren E. Holland, Megan Bruck Syal, James E. Bevins, Joseph V. Wasem. "Impact of neutron energy on asteroid deflection performance." Acta Astronautica, 2021, Volume 183, Pages 29-42. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actaastro.2021.02.028
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2) Lansing S. Horan IV, Darren E. Holland, Megan Bruck Syal, Joseph V. Wasem, Michael L. Dexter, James E. Bevins. "Neutron Energy Effects on Asteroid Deflection." 2020 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2020, Pages 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1109/AERO47225.2020.9172255
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CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
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A) Invited Talks & Oral Presentations
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A1) Workshop for Applied Nuclear Data Activities (WANDA 2021), January 2021. Virtual (COVID-19 protocol). https://conferences.lbl.gov/event/504/
- Invited Talk: "Neutron Energy Effects on Asteroid Deflection" (Oral Presentation)
- Host: Nuclear Data Interagency Working Group (NDIAWG), led by the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Nuclear Physics
- Session Four: "Intro to Nuclear Data for Space Application"
- Chairs: Dr. Mary Burkey (LLNL), Dr. Lawrence Heilbronn (UTK), Dr. Patrick Peplowski (JHUAPL)
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A2) 2020 IEEE Aerospace Conference, March 2020. Big Sky, Montana. https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=9172334
- Invited Talk: "Neutron Energy Effects on Asteroid Deflection" (Oral Presentation)
- Track 2: "Space Missions, Systems and Architectures"
- Session 2.12: "Asteroid Detection, Characterization, Sample-Return, and Deflection"
- Organizers: Dr. Paul Chodas (NASA JPL), Mr. Jeffery Webster (NASA JPL)
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A3) LLNL Poster Symposiums and LLNL WCI Directorate Briefings, August 2017 + August 2018. Livermore, California.
- August 2017: "Nuclear Weapon Yield Analysis: Fireball Size Correlations" (2x Oral Presentations: poster + slide deck)
- August 2018: "Correlating the Nuclear Fireball Size to the Explosive Yield" (2x Oral Presentations: poster + slide deck)
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B) Accepted Abstracts & e-Presentations
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B1) International Academy of Astronautics Planetary Defense Conference (IAA PDC 2021), April 2021. Virtual (COVID-19 protocol). https://iaaspace.org/event/7th-iaa-planetary-defense-conference-2021/
- Abstract + e-Poster: "Neutron Energy Effects on Asteroid Deflection"
- Host: United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA)
- Session 7a: "e-Posters: Deflection & Disruption Testing"
- Chairs: Dr. Patrick Michel (CNRS), Dr. Angela Stickle (JHUAPL), Dr. Megan Bruck Syal (LLNL)
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Awards

(1)
SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program,
U.S. Department of Defense (DoD),
August 2018 -- May 2020.
- The Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-for-Service Program is a merit-based national fellowship funded by the DoD
- Provides full tuition, $33,000+ annual stipends for master's degree students, & guaranteed employment with the DoD upon graduation
- Sponsoring Facility: Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC)
- 2018 Cycle Statistics: 382 awards out of 12,665 total applications received (3% acceptance rate) and 2,122 complete applications reviewed (18% award rate)

(2)
Distinguished Graduate of the Class 20M,
Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT),
March 2020.
- Criteria encompasses academic scores, the "whole person" concept based on professional qualities, and the Department Heads' recommendation (no more than 10% of each graduating class)
- 22 awards out of 227 total students graduating with AFIT master's degrees (March 2020)

(3)
Civilian of the 3rd Quarter,
Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT),
July 2019 -- September 2019.
- 1 award out of 160 total civilian students enrolled (Summer 2019 Academic Quarter)

(4)
Summa Cum Laude (Cumulative GPA 3.9+),
Texas A&M University (TAMU),
May 2018.
- 126 awards out of 2,529 total engineering students graduating with bachelor's degrees (2017-2018 Academic Year)

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Rottler & LaCroix Scholarship,
Texas A&M University (TAMU),
August 2017 -- May 2018.
- Competitive $1,000 nuclear engineering departmental scholarship awarded to a select few undergraduate students for academic achievement
- 3 awards (of 28 total students with any various departmental scholarship) out of 308 total undergraduate nuclear engineering students (Fall 2017 enrollment)

(6)
Engineering Honors Program Graduate,
Texas A&M University (TAMU),
August 2015 -- May 2018.
- Competitive admission limited to top ~10% of each class
- Graduation requirements include undergraduate research, GPA 3.5+, honors course credits, annual reports, semesterly honors advisor meetings & student activities, etc.