Mr. Nathan TatÂ Â has enrolled in Riceâ€™s 4+1 program option rounding out his Rice undergrad degree with a Master of Science in Space Studies at Rice. In May 2018 he will have earned his Bachelorâ€™s in Economics with a minor in Business. Nathan has always been interested in science and seeks to integrate his business education within STEM. He has engaged in a diverse array of work experiences. Previously, he participated in UTMBâ€™s High School Summer Research Program, where he collaborated with scientists researching immunological treatments to enhance wound healing for burn patients at Shriners Hospital. During his sophomore year at Rice, he interpreted medical consultations in Spanish between physicians and patients at Ben Taub Hospital. Mr. Tat also explored the aerospace industry at NASAâ€™s Johnson Space Center and gained exposure to the International Space Station program as a Mission and Program Integration Intern. In summer 2017, Nathan worked at Invesco Ltd. and focused on developing strategic projects for the firmâ€™s Technology division. In his leisure time, Nathan mentors in Riceâ€™s Step Ahead Technology Program. Currently, he enthusiastically serves as a Peer Academic Advisor to help fellow students attain academic success. Nathan plans to graduate with his Masterâ€™s degree in May 2019. Equipped with his foundation in economics and business and as a scholar of the Space Studies program, he is eager to make an impact in the aerospace industry.
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 NASAâ€™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.Â He is currently enrolled in the Professional Science Masterâ€™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 schoolâ€™s Varsity Womenâ€™s Rowing team.Â During her undergraduate studies she interned with Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts and competed at NASAâ€™s Student Launch Competition.Â Aside from her required undergraduate coursework, she completed courses in biology and kinesiology to further her understanding of the human body.Â Building upon these experiences, she chose to pursue her Masterâ€™s in Space Studies with a focus on engineering to be able to work with human factors engineering and the physiology of spaceflight.Â After graduation, she secured a full-time positon with Jacobs.
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 industryâ€™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.Â Â After graduation, she secured a full-time positon with Petrosains, Kuala Lumpur.
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.Â After graduation, she secured a full-time positon with Lockheed Martin.
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.Â Â After graduation, he secured a full-time positon with Houston SpacePort.
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 Riceâ€™s Professional Science Masterâ€™s program with a focus in engineering. Garrett is interning with NASA/Langley and has a secured a full-time postion with them after graduation.
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 Riceâ€™s Professional Science Masterâ€™s program with a focus in engineering and management. Landon secured an internship with Jacobs in Clear Lake.