Sunny Wicks is a PhD candidate in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. Her research is centered on mechanical properties of carbon nanotube enhanced fiber reinforced plastics, and includes scale-dependent mechanisms of interlaminar toughening, large-area carbon nanotube growth, and composite manufacturing techniques. Her work is supported by NASA's Space Technology Research Fellowship and MIT's Hardy Fellowship and by Boeing, EADS, Embraer, Lockheed Martin, Saab AB, Composite Systems Technology, Hexcel, and TohoTenax through MIT’s Nano-Engineered Composite aerospace STructures (NECST) Consortium. She received her S.M. in 2010 and her B.S. in 2007 in Aerospace Engineering in the same department, and has work experience at Lockheed Martin, Orbital Sciences, Lufthansa Technik, and Caltech. Outside of research, her passions include traveling, playing cello, and mentoring.