Lauren Smith is an engineer at NASA Glenn Research Center, working in the Simulated Lunar Operations (SLOPE) Lab, researching concepts for a locomotion platform designed to increase robot mobility. She is a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and was on the executive board at Case Western Reserve University as an undergraduate. Smith was selected by Aviation Week as one of their Twenty20s: twenty students who are “rising engineering stars based on all-around participation on campus and contributions already made to the aerospace and defense industry.” She was awarded the Ohio Space Grant Consortium Fellowship to fully fund her as a graduate student and was honored with the prestigious Milton A. and Roslyn Z. Wolf Scholarship at Case Western Reserve University as an undergraduate. Smith is concluding her research at NASA Glenn Research Center and has accepted a job with Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, where she will be working in an advanced concepts group within the unmanned systems division. She holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering and a Master's of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering, both from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.