Archive for September, 2012

New NASA Engineering Contest: Lunar Space Station Thermal Control

The Game Changing Technology Development Program, Office of the Chief Technologist, NASA Headquarters, is sponsoring a university engineering contest.

The challenge is to design a thermal control system for a manned space station in low lunar orbit.

Multi-disciplinary teams are encouraged.

Letters of intent are due Dec 1, 2012; entries are due in April 2013.

Finalists will present their work to a panel of experts at a NASA Center.

Detailed information is posted at http://spacetech.larc.nasa.gov

Gerald A. Soffen Memorial Fund Travel Grants

The Gerald A. Soffen Memorial Fund is pleased to announce the last 2012 Travel Grant application opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing studies in fields of space science and engineering.

The Travel Grants, in the amount of $500, enable student recipients to attend professional meetings to present their research.  The Fall 2012 Travel Grant application deadline is October 15, 2012.  Jerry Soffen, a biologist by training, led a distinguished career in NASA, including serving as the Project Scientist for Viking and as an architect for the NASA Astrobiology Institute. The Travel Grant continues Jerry’s dedication to educating and involving future generations in space science and engineering pursuits.  The electronic application materials and instructions are located on the Soffen Fund website:

http://SoffenFund.org

Questions regarding the application or application process may be sent to:

info@SoffenFund.org

NASA FSGC Ambassadors

2018 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 2018 NASA FSGC Ambassadors!


Name: Sam Skinner

University : University of West Florida

Email: sfs11 @students.uwf.edu

 

In the simple sense of the word, an ambassador is a representative. However, a NASA FSGC student ambassador is so much more. I have witnessed while researching under supervision of Dr. ter Haar how prudent teamwork is to discovery, exploration and innovation. Even more significant, the opinions and thoughts of members from an interdisciplinary group to push curiosity and limits of what may seem impossible. With Dr. ter Haar’s guidance, I have learned resilience is pertinent to answering problems that appear unsolvable, and equally adaptability and passion. Becoming a NASA FSGC student ambassador would allow me to share this passion for embracing scientific investigation and exploration to fellow students. Not only would I be able to represent the core values and passion I share with others at NASA, but I would be an advocate for them. By sharing my experiences with NASA’s FSGC program, I hope to inspire others to become involved with NASA’s student programs in order to help develop humanity’s future in space exploration and add to the diversity of backgrounds working towards a common goal.

 


Name: Brendan White
University: University of Central Florida

Email: Brendan_White@Knights.ucf.edu

I search for the more invigorating fruits of research and academic labors. The world of science and understanding, I truly believe, has refined me in countless ways since my youth, and I long now only to return the favor. I dedicate myself to research, to close the gaps in reason, with the end goal of converting the Earth’s many mysteries into human understanding to prevent and replace the arduous hardships facing our daily, as well as eternal, existence. As an engineer, I plan to apply my invested knowledge and create systems or processes that will grow the human domain from the confines of one planet to the outreaching boundaries of possibility. I intend to join the industry, where I may inspire and educate those at around the world in hopes they will share my sentiment.

 


 

 

Name: Payton Barnwell
University: Florida Polytechnic University
Email: pbarnwell0956@flpoly.org

Sharing my love of STEM and space is something that I try to do on a daily basis, and I am so excited for the opportunity to continue this though the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium ambassador program.  With a major in Mechanical Engineering and a concentration in Nanotechnology, you would not think that I have much free time – and I don’t! What time I do have to myself is spent organizing and executing outreach events, researching through my Florida Space Research Program grant, and working on projects and events for ASTRO at Florida Poly. Although I am always busy, I would not want to spend my time any other way! My current plans for the future include continuing my education to receive a PhD in Bio-nanotechnology, and working to make space a sustainable place to live and explore.

 

 


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Name: Izabella Maxfield

University: Florida Institute of Technology
Email: imaxfield2015@my.fit.edu

One of the amazing things about attending Florida Tech is that I am surrounded by people who are just as excited about space as I am. I can guarantee that any time there is a rocket launch, meteor shower, or other cool space related event, there will be students gathering up their friends to find the best place to watch the event from. And who wouldn’t be excited for these kind of things? Space is the next step in exploration and discovery, and it is so vast that it provides endless opportunities. Space promises a great and fruitful adventure that I cannot ignore. This is one of the reasons that I want to be a Space Grant Ambassador for my school. I want to be able to take the excitement the students already have for space and increase it and I want them to know of the opportunities that await them at NASA and with NASA FSGC.

 


FSGC_newName: Shayna Hume
University: University of Miami
Email: shayna.hume@gmail.com

I believe that in order to pursue scientific progress, we cannot simply chase our own passions—we have to promote those of our peers as well. As the Florida Space Grant Consortium Ambassador for the University of Miami, I would help undergraduate students to find early avenues for their STEM careers. Already, I have experience in both scientific and educational opportunities. Having gone through the OSSI system several times for both internships at Goddard Space and Flight Center and their aeronautics undergraduate scholarships, I would be able to advise students about how best to approach those types of applications. However, even more importantly than promoting such opportunities, I can also teach students how to independently turn their passions into reality.

 

 

 


BrittanyNassauName: Brittany Nassau
University: University of North Florida
Email: brittany.nassau@gmail.com

I will never forget my fourth grade teacher’s eyes when I told her I wanted to be a “Physicist.” Apparently, when you ask most kids what they want to be when they grow up, you usually get “Ballerina!” or “Fireman!” but not me. No, I was different, and her mouth couldn’t have said it any better than her hopeless eyes did. It was at that moment that I realized how differently her and I saw the world. You see to me, this world was an exciting place full of wonder and opportunity. My imagination ran wild, as I was surrounded by places to explore, oddities to find, and an infinite bound of possibilities waiting to be created. To me, there was no dream too big, no job too absurd. Science quickly became everything to me. Science made me believe that I could do anything, and understand everything.


FSGCshotLindseyName: Lindsey Carboneau
University: Florida Gulf Coast University
Email: lmcarboneau1654@eagle.fgcu.edu

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.

Lindsey Carboneau’s Ambassador Presentation

 

 


FrancescaMoreaName: Francesca Morea
University: University of South Florida
Email: fmorea@mail.usf.edu

Almost every child in one point in their life has said they wanted to be a rocket scientist when they grow up. I never imagined that was a possibility for me to work towards. After going through several hardships while living in California I have realized that truly nothing is impossible. Through hard work, dedication, and resilience, a person can beat the odds and dream big dreams like becoming a rocket scientist someday. There have only been a few instances where I knew as soon as I got out of the car that I had an epiphany; this is where I am meant to be. Walking through the Kennedy Space Center has been one of those few instances.

 

 

 

 

 

Abdiel GalindoName: Abdiel A. Santos Galindo
University: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Email: santosa8@my.erau.edu

Within its 57 years of existence, NASA has brought many opportunities, improvements and advances in many fields primarily in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). During the year 2011, I had the honor to be part of this elite team during an internship at the John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. This two month experience not only gave me a closer look at what this magnificent agency does but, it also allowed me the opportunity of discovering that this is where I would like to profess my career.

 

 

 

 

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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:

  1. A one page essay describing why they want to be an Ambassador and how they would promote NASA opportunities at their university.
  2. A Resume/Curriculum Vitae.

Once materials are completed, students must submit the application materials in PDF format to Dr. Jaydeep Mukherjee (jaydeep.mukherjee@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.).

NASA Florida Space Grant Announces Ambassador Program

MEDIA CONTACT
Jaydeep Mukherjee – Director

Phone: 407-823-6177
Email: Jaydeep.Mukherjee@ucf.edu 

NASA FLORIDA SPACE GRANT CONSORTIUM ANNOUNCES AMBASSADOR PROGRAM

The NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC) is looking for a few good students who can serve as NASA FSGC Ambassadors. The ambassadors’ primary mission will be 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. Therefore, ambassadors should have strong interpersonal skills as well as excitement for space exploration and STEM research.
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 will need to complete the following documents:

  1. One page essay describing why they want to be an ambassador and what how they would promote NASA opportunities at their university.
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae.

Once materials are completed, students must submit the application materials in PDF format to Travis Gabriel (TravisGabriel@knights.ucf.edu). Currently, all positions for school year 2012-2013 are open except for the University of Central Florida (UCF). Students at UCF interested in becoming a NASA FSGC Ambassador for school year 2013/2014 are encouraged to apply immediately. 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.

About The NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium.
The Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC) was formed in 1989, when NASA implemented the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. The NASA FSGC was one of the sixteen founding Space Grant Consortia. Currently there are Space Grant programs active in all fifty states as well as Puerto Rico and Washington D.C. FSGC is administered through the University of Central Florida and the Florida Space Institute, its main offices are located at the Astronaut Memorial Foundation’s Center for Space Education, found on the grounds of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor’s Complex. The Consortium is a voluntary association of seventeen public and private Florida Universities and colleges.

For more information, please visit: http://www.floridaspacegrant.org

 

 

 

NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium Student Interns at JPL

MEDIA CONTACT
Dr. Jaydeep Mukherjee – Director

Phone: 407-823-6177
Email: Jaydeep.Mukherjee@ucf.edu

 NASA FLORIDA SPACE GRANT CONSORTIUM STUDENT INTERNS AT JPL

Orlando, Fla – When the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC) tells you that they can send your career to new worlds – they mean it! Just ask Mary McBride, a student at the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) who was awarded an internship from NASA FSGC in 2011. She has another internship this year at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. She will be part of the team that operates the Mars Science Laboratory rover ‘Curiosity’ starting this Fall.

McBride is originally from Hermitage, Pennsylvania. She is currently a senior at FIT where she is majoring in Solar, Earth, and Planetary Science with a minor in Physics. Since she was a little girl she dreamed of walking on the Moon.

For now, her short term goal is to graduate and then to earn her PhD in Planetary Geology – this will have to wait a bit so she can transition away from working on Martian time – and back to normal ‘Earth’ hours.

“I am very grateful to the Florida Space Grant Consortium. They have been a great support system, they have motivated me to continue my dreams and have been very excited about my success,” McBride said. “FSGC has contributed more than money to the past year and a half of my life. It is an organization I am proud to be associated with and I believe the FSGC has helped me get to where I am today.”

About The NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium.
The Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC) was formed in 1989, when NASA implemented the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. The NASA FSGC was one of the sixteen founding Space Grant Consortia. Currently there are Space Grant programs active in all fifty states as well as Puerto Rico and Washington D.C. FSGC is administered through the University of Central Florida and the Florida Space Institute, its main offices are located at the Astronaut Memorial Foundation’s Center for Space Education, found on the grounds of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor’s Complex. The Consortium is a voluntary association of seventeen public and private Florida Universities and colleges.

For more information, please visit: http://www.floridaspacegrant.org

 

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