Ms. Swati Patel graduated from Rutgers University in 2014 with a B.S. in Astrophysics with a focus on engineering and a minor in Asian Studies. While at Rutgers, she co-founded and led the dance team HARU, which was selected to perform and placed at the New York University Skirball Center for Performing Arts. Ms. Patel also presided over the Japanese Conversation Club and the Rutgers University Organization of Nippon Students, eventually assisting Fukui City ambassadors as a cultural attaché. For her senior practicum, Ms. Patel collected multi-channel data through Hydrogen Alpha Emission lines on the Andromeda Galaxy at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in West Virginia. She additionally interned at the New Jersey chapter of Youth Empowerment Services while employed at Jerich International Logistics Company as a Data Analyst. Post-graduation, Ms. Patel served as the Assistant Director for C2 Education for pre-collegiate programs in calculus and engineering. Ms. Patel is tri-lingual, with working knowledge in two additional languages. Swati joined both the Professional Science Master’s in Space Studies and the MBA program as part of the Coordinated MBA/PSM program option. She interned with Boeing and will continue working there once she has graduated.
Mr. Steven Oliver graduated from the University of Houston in May 2018 with a B.S. in Physics and is the founding Radiation Coordinator for the UH High-Altitude Student Platform (HASP) research group, a member of the Presidential Advisory Council and founding Webmaster for the Astronomy Society at UH (ASUH). Mr. Oliver also worked with the UH STEM Center, has been a Webmaster for the UH Society of Physics Students (SPS) Chapter, was awarded a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, and has presented his research at local conferences and STEM outreach events. Since graduation, he has continued his work with the UH HASP team by developing SORA 2.0: The Stratospheric Organisms and Radiation Analyzer Payload. In addition to developing SORA 2.0, the HASP team is currently working on a publication regarding the construction and execution of the radiation subsystem for the original SORA payload and SORA 2.0. The publication will describe the novel use of a Raspberry Pi to handle the MiniPIX and TimePIX (radiation detectors) and the methods used to analyze the 2017 & 2018 flight data. Mr. Oliver is currently attending Rice University to attain a Master’s in Space Studies, with a focus in Engineering, and is eager to make an impact in the space industry.
Mr. Hoik Jang graduated from Chung-Ang University in 2018 with B.S and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering. While at Chung-Ang University, he worked as a researcher and lecturer. As a researcher he developed a new graphic user interface for CAD (Computer Aided Design) systems which utilize physical blocks with wireless communicating capabilities to make 3D models. As a lecturer he taught undergraduate students how to utilize CATIYA (CAD Program) and C programming skills at Chung-Ang University.
During his undergraduate studies, he served in the military as a KATUSA (Korean Augmentee to The United States Army) under U.S. Army as an Intelligence Analyst/Administrative Specialist/Interpreter in FROKA (First Republic of Korean Army) and TROKA(Third Republic of Korean Army).
In addition to his military service, he was chosen to attend the only state-run Institute for Research on Science Policy advising policymakers and government organizations. Hoik participated in the development of a policy that would help undeveloped countries via cooperation and development on education and science fields rather than pursuing a hands-off policy that would just provide funding. He conducted research collecting primary data and developed a policy proposal.
As for extra curricular activities, Hoik was a founder and the leader of a Christian Student Union at Chung-Ang University forming a union from 20 missionary groups, and participated in establishing the Christian Union of students, staff, professors, and mission group leaders. He drafted a constitution of the Christian Union and also successfully resolved one of the most significant crises in history for Chung-Ang University. Christians provoked by the University’s attempt to remove a chapel, he organized a student petition and represented the union in a meeting with University officials including the President of the University.
Always interested in space flight and rocket building, the movie “Apollo 13” inspired him to pursue a career related to aerospace. He enrolled in Rice’s Master of Science in Space Studies degree program taking him to the Houston, Texas where Rice University works in close collaboration with NASA and the space industry located nearby.
Mr. Adolfo Carvalho is enrolled in Rice’s 4+1 program, adding the Professional Master in Space Studies (2020) to his Undergraduate Bachelors of Science, in Astrophysics, and Arts, in Mathematics (2019). As a Rice student, he has worked on both long term projects with the department of physics and astronomy and shorter term projects with Rice's Humanities Research Center. Adolfo's work for the department of astronomy, spanning a year and a half thus far, has focused on detecting and determining the parameters of large companions orbiting young stars. More recently he used his coding experience to engage in a project concerning education in the history of astronomy, building a program to visually simulate the observational sweeps completed by Caroline and William Herschel in the 1780's. Adolfo has found flexibility in his growing coding ability, applying his skills to various fields beyond physics and astronomy. Between class and research, he is captain of Rice's varsity Division I Cross Country team and runs the 3000m steeplechase during the track season. Adolfo also enjoys educating his fellow students through his position as a tutor with the Athletic Department and as a Student Director Peer Academic Advisor for athletics.
Mr. Nathan Tat has enrolled in Rice’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 Bachelor’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 UTMB’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 NASA’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 firm’s Technology division. In his leisure time, Nathan mentors in Rice’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 Master’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 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. 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 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. After graduation, she secured a full-time positon with Petrosains, Kuala Lumpur.