In the summer of 2013, I contributed to research into the possibility of using lasers to ablate asteroids at UCSB's Experimental Cosmology Lab. I designed and constructed a system to test and cool the laser.
COMSOL simulated a pulse onto the surface of a rock with specified heat and chemical properties.
I also created SolidWorks renderings of the general experimental setup. After completing various experiments, I co-authored a section of a paper describing the potential for a larger laser system. The renderings and other diagrams were included in the paper.