Nicholas Rongione

Nicholas Rongione, a former FSGC Ambassador at the University of Miami was awarded a  National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. He will be focusing on developing aerospace applications of nanotechnology, and in particular, thermoelectric materials development. As a participant in the FSGC Hybrid Motor Rocket Competition my freshman year in 2011-2012, he gained invaluable insight into project management and rocketry. Most importantly, the experience inspired him to delve deeper into aerospace engineering, and served as a springboard into additional projects over the following years as an undergraduate. By sophomore year, he became the President of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the FSGC Student Ambassador at the University of Miami. With support from FSGC, he then completed the NASA Propulsion Academy in the summer of 2013. In his junior year he furthered his efforts and began a two year endeavor developing a satellite program at UM that culminated in 2nd place in the FSGC sponsored Florida University Satellite Design Competition (FUNSAT 2014) and, ultimately, his senior design project. During this time he also participated in the NASA Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program. Finally, FSGC provided additional support in his efforts to create a balloon satellite program, and a satellite ground station, and even help address concerns regarding rocket testing facilities. Now as a graduate student, he is supported by FSGC in a grant to work at NASA Kennedy Space Center on antimicrobial materials development employed in the Advanced Nano Systems Laboratory.

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