Manan Arya (PhD '16) had a space problem. The problem? When you want to send something into outer space, taking up as little space as possible is a big deal.
The logistics of rocket flight limit both a payload's weight and its volume. The trick is fitting a lot of stuff into a tiny package. This challenge occupied Arya's mind while he worked as a graduate student in the lab of Sergio Pellegrino, Caltech's Joyce and Kent Kresa Professor of Aeronautics and professor of civil engineering.