NASA FSGC Ambassadors
2014 NASA FSGC Ambassadors
The Ambassadors’ primary mission is to inform students at their home universities about opportunities available to them at NASA and the NASA FSGC. Their primary responsibilities involve communicating with space-related student organizations and participating in public outreach events. Ambassadors must have strong interpersonal skills as well as excitement for space exploration and STEM research. Here are the 2014 NASA FSGC Ambassadors!
1. Brad Hoover
NAME: Brad Hoover
UNIVERSITY: University of Central Florida
After graduation I would like to become part of a team devoted to solar system exploration. For example, I am very interested in the OSIRIS-REx sample return mission.
2. Nicolas Rongione
NAME: Nicolas RONGIONE
UNIVERSITY: University of Miami
I hope to attend graduate school for aeronautics and astronautics or applied physics, focusing on the development of advanced propulsion systems and preparing myself for a career in the space sector.
3. Carmela Vallalta
NAME: Carmela Vallalta
UNIVERSITY: Florida International University
I am an active member in many organizations at FIU including SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers) and SWE (Society of Women Engineers). Both of these organizations, target minorities in engineering fields. Also, ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), The Astronomy club , and IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers).
4. Vincent Scotti, Jr
NAME: Vincent Scotti, Jr.
UNIVERSITY: Florida Institute of Technology
After graduating with my Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering, I intend to build on my experience with NASA and enter the field of Information Assurance/Cyber Security at a Government Agency. I will be continuing my education and training with a Master’s degree in Information Assurance/Cyber Security.
5. Chelsea Patridge
NAME: Chelsea Patridge
UNIVERSITY: University of North Florida
When I was five years old, I went to my school’s fair. The first game I played was a balloon-‐popping contest, where you popped a balloon and a piece of paper inside indicated your prize. I had really wanted to win a Barbie doll, and was very disappointed when I was handed a book. At the time, I had no idea what an influence this book would have on me. The book turned out to be a fantastic book on the planets, filled with facts and colorful pictures that mesmerized me for hours. The picture that had the greatest impact on me was a picture of a spacewalking astronaut, with a proud “NASA” patch on their suit. Ever since that day, I have been emblazoned with a passion for NASA and space that rivals nothing else.
6. Lindsey Carboneau
NAME: Lindsey Carboneau
UNIVERSITY: Florida Gulf Coast University
After graduation I hope to work with unmanned space missions, continuing my current work and experience with robotics and aerial systems. I also want to continue working with FIRST and SWE to promote STEM education and research, particularly for middle and high school students.
FSGC Ambassadors must hold U.S. citizenship to be eligible to request travel funds for various conferences and workshops within the continental U.S. Ambassadors will have the opportunity to attend various conferences, workshops and to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center to meet with NASA scientists and engineers. Ambassadors from Florida universities are expected to meet every two months via internet video conference with a FSGC representative to be updated on various NASA opportunities.
To apply for a position, students need to complete the following documents:
- A one page essay describing why they want to be an Ambassador and how they would promote NASA opportunities at their university.
- A Resume/Curriculum Vitae.
Once materials are completed, students must submit the application materials in PDF format to Gene Tavares (Eugene.Tavares@ucf.edu).
Ideally, the applicant should be enrolled in classes at their university for at least one year from the date of being appointed a NASA FSGC Ambassador.
The NASA FSGC is funded by a training grant from NASA and only US citizens are eligible for direct support from FSGC. Therefore, the student must be a US citizen if they wish to apply for travel funds. If the student is not a US citizen, he or she can still be selected as an Ambassador, however, they will not be eligible to apply for travel funds.
Please note that being an Ambassador does not guarantee you travel funds. Requests for such funds will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by a FSGC representative to see whether the request fits FSGC’s criteria (presenting or not presenting, topic of presentation, nature of conference, time frame, etc.).