Delphine Le Brun Colon
Major: Mechanical Engineering/Honors College
Minor: Aerospace Engineering
Hometown: Les Sables D’Olonne, France
Born in France but making her way (by way of eight years in New York City) to the Pacific Northwest to enroll in OSU’s Ecological Engineering program, Delphine transferred to OSU in the Spring 2017 from Linn Benton Community College where she had been enrolled in the OSU/LBCC Degree Partnership Program. While at LBCC, Delphine decided to participate in the Space Exploration Club, which ultimately changed her career direction from Ecological Engineering to Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Aerospace Engineering.
Delphine wasted no time engaging in leadership and research opportunities at OSU. In the Spring 2017 term she became the Vice President of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics chapter at OSU and helped lead a team of LBCC and OSU students to launch a high-altitude balloon to view the solar eclipse from almost 20 miles above earth. Delphine also led a team of senior engineering students, mentored by Dr. Squires and sponsored by Oregon Space Grant Consortium and NASA’s RockSat-C program. Their team designed, built, and tested a gamma ray polarimeter utilizing compton scattering to detect the polarization of gamma radiation.
In addition to her work here at OSU, Delphine secured an internship at NASA, along with four other students out of 200 applicants, with NASA running from June 2017-December 2017 at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL where she will be assisting with data assessment of the RS-25 engine in the propulsion department for the Space Launch System- the strongest rocket propulsion system in the world!
Lastly, Delphine serves as a research assistant for graduate students at the propulsion lab, working on sub-atmospheric and dilution testing of jet fuel flames and has begun her own research on radiation emissions as part of her Honors Thesis. Delphine is a recipient of the Furman Class of 1964 Scholarship and the Mimi Shawe Scholarship.