2019-2020 Luce Scholar

Connor Morency is a senior mechanical engineering student at Vanderbilt University aspiring to be a leader in global astronautics. He has worked as a Space Camp crew trainer at the U.S. Space & Rocket center, is currently a senior design engineer for the Vanderbilt Aerospace Design Laboratory, and plans to study astronautics with a focus in fluids and propulsion in graduate school. At Vanderbilt, Connor is the Head Resident for the residential community Warren College. He oversees the university’s community development plan, mentors his team of resident advisers, and serves as a liaison between the student body and the administration. He created and organized a talent show, “Espresso Yourself,” through which students share their unique passions with their peers. He has also led many smaller-scale programs to promote resident interest and education in topics such as allyship, mental health, and cultural awareness. Having been an active member of the Vanderbilt Aerospace Design Laboratory (VADL) for over two years, Connor now serves as the treasurer and simulations lead for its rocketry team. Currently ranked first nationally, the team participates in the NASA Student Launch Competition each year. Connor leads outreach events at local public middle schools to explain the purpose of VADL and the importance of engineering, fostering their interest to pursue a college degree in STEM. Professional ambitions aside, Connor enjoys performing and the arts. He has taken professional guitar and vocal lessons, performed at Vanderbilt and in his hometown Chicago, and has written and recorded an original album with a band. Connor also dances for the Vanderbilt Latin dance team VIDA, and has choreographed original dances and taught them to novice student dancers during Salsa clinics.