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Name: Kyle Lynch
Hometown: Hunstville, Ala.
Year: Master's student
Major: Aerospace Engineering
For master's student in aerospace engineering, Kyle Lynch, one visit to Auburn University was enough to convince him that Auburn was the place to pursue his interest in engineering. "I loved the town, the school and the overwhelmingly friendly people," says Kyle. "I am extremely pleased with the choice I made."
Kyle's interest in space began when he was a child and continued through high school. "When I started thinking about college, I remember looking through some old notebooks and seeing drawings of spaceships I created as a young boy," he says. Although he knew that aerospace engineering would be challenging, he also realized that the satisfaction of learning how to build what he once dreamed about would be worth the effort.
Auburn's aerospace engineering faculty have made a lasting impression on Kyle. "They have been incredibly helpful in every aspect of my education," he says. "They have a love for teaching—both in the classroom and one-on-one."
As a graduate student, Kyle has had the opportunity to work as a research assistant with assistant professor Brian Thurow for more than two years. Together they have worked on advanced laser diagnostics for fluids research, which according to Kyle, is something he had not heard about before this opportunity.
Some of Kyle's favorite memories from Auburn are the football games. He distinctly remembers his first experience at a home game – being astounded by the full stadium. His best memory from the games he has attended is the defeat of Florida two years ago. "The student section was so full of energy," says Kyle. "I'll never forget the exhilaration of that night."