Mr. Nathan Stewart graduated from Lycoming College in 2017 with a B.S. in Physics, along with minors in Astronomy and German. While at Lycoming, he worked as a research assistant in the lab of Dr. Christopher Kulp, analyzing flames in various air-fuel states using optical analysis methods. He was also an active member of his local Society of Physics Student Chapter, helping to organize trips to the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, as well as other locations. His interest in astronomy led him to begin running weekly night sky observing sessions, both on and off campus. In his senior year he created and presented full length planetarium shows at Lycoming College during monthly community events. Nate has chosen to enroll in Professional Science Master's program in Space Studies in order to obtain a career in the space industry.
Mr. Adrian Perez is currently an undergraduate student at Rice University studying Mechanical Engineering. Aside from his engineering studies, he has also been enrolled in Air Force ROTC and plans to commission when he graduates. During his undergraduate studies, he developed a robotic course for a research lab at Johnson Space Center, created a student taught course on the intersections between physics and philosophy, and performed research on a new material to prevent oil rig blowouts. Recently, he attended the Space Development Workshop in Moscow, Russia as part of the US delegation where he worked on an international team to develop a technical proposal for an unmanned robotic space station. He is currently enrolled in the Professional Science Master’s program in Space Studies in hopes of guiding his military career towards the space industry. He plans to attend pilot training or space operations training and work in one of those career fields as an officer in the Air Force.
Ms Henderson graduated from the University of Alabama in 2016 with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering. She also was an active member of the school’s Varsity Women’s Rowing team. During her undergraduate studies she interned with Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts and competed at NASA’s Student Launch Competition. Aside from her required undergraduate coursework, she completed courses in biology and kinesiology to further her understanding of the human body. Building upon these experiences, she chose to pursue her Master’s in Space Studies with a focus on engineering to be able to work with human factors engineering and the physiology of spaceflight.
Mr. Smith graduated from Temple University in 2013 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies, including coursework in geography and urban studies, and political science. While at Temple, Eric completed internships related to environmental law, PA state government communications, and environmental political outreach. After graduation, he moved to Shanghai, China to work as a professional development consultant for an international education company. Eric helped grow the number of clients by over 150% while designing and leading professional clinics for clients and future employees in China and Taiwan. He is also an accomplished violinist, percussionist, and scuba diver. While working and traveling abroad, he became interested in the growing commercial space industry’s mission to accelerate a future dedicated to scientific discovery and exploration. Eric has chosen the Space Studies program with a focus in Management to grow his science and business skills for a career in the industry. His goal is to develop sustainable economic opportunities that offer cheaper access to space.
Ms. Tan is currently in her senior year of undergraduate studies at Rice University and is a candidate for a B.S. in Astrophysics. She spent three months interning at the National Planetarium under the National Space Agency in her home country of Malaysia. Through the Professional Science Master's program, she hopes to enhance her science, business and communication skills so that she will be well-prepared for a career with the Malaysian National Space Agency. Ms.Tan is pursuing the Space Studies track and completed her internship with the Malaysian National Space Agency.
Ms. Humphrey graduated from Rice University in 2007 with a B.S. in Chemistry with American Chemical Society certification. While an undergraduate at Rice, she worked as a research assistant in the lab of Dr. Eugene Zubarev, functionalizing gold nanoparticles for self-assembly. After graduation, Ms. Humphrey taught science for seven years at Cypress Falls High School in Houston, Texas. Among the subjects she taught were Integrated Physics and Chemistry, Chemistry Honors, Advanced-Placement Chemistry, and Forensic Science. During her seven years of teaching, she became more interested in the multi-disciplinary field of astrobiology, the emerging commercial space marketplace, and the operations of NASA and the International Space Station. She is currently enrolled in the Professional Science Master's program in Space Studies with the desire to obtain a meaningful career in the space industry. She is interning with Jacobs Engineering in Clear Lake.
Mr. Gurjar graduated from Sri Aurobindo International Center of Education in Pondicherry, India in 2013 with a bachelor of science with focus on physics, mathematics, mechanical and electrical engineering, and optics. Mudit also excelled in fields such as logic, languages, philosophy, sports and music becoming an accomplished pianist for his institute. He chose the Space Studies program for the dual focus on management and applied physics, both required in a growing industrial world. He is confident that his enthusiastic and global approach will enable him to better handle complex interdisciplinary problems and work with global teams in the high-tech space industry.
Mr. Carman graduated from Rice University in 2013 with a B.S. in physics and chemical physics. He has experience working as a research assistant at Rice and at Air Force Research Laboratories, producing carbon nanotube fibers and characterizing the mechanical, electrical, and thermal properties of these fibers. His undergraduate research thesis examined methods of particle identification in ultra-relativistic heavy ion collisions. He is now enrolled in the Space Studies track of Rice’s Professional Science Master’s program with a focus in engineering. Garrett is interning with NASA/Langley.
Mr. Blair is currently in his senior year of undergraduate studies at Rice University and is a candidate for a B.S. in Astrophysics. He has research experience at Rice and Vanderbilt University, studying T Tauri stars and variable stars. His undergraduate thesis explores the relationship between the magnetic activity and the internal structure of T Tauri stars. He is now enrolled in the Space Studies track of Rice’s Professional Science Master’s program with a focus in engineering and management. Landon secured an internship with Jacobs in Clear Lake.