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Eleven AEM Students Offered NASA Internships

AEM is proud to have 11 students - Luci Baker, Erin Carroll, Bryce Doerr, Thomas Georgiou, Katherine Glasheen, Jacob Gustafson, Katherine Heinemann, Joel Krause, Andrew Mahon, Patipan Pipatpinyopong, and Miguel Reyes - receive summer internships with NASA.

The NASA Pathways Intern Employment Program was established by President Obama in 2010. The program's goal is to provide students with paid opportunities and hands-on traineeships that offer unique NASA-related research and operational experiences. Interns work with career professionals to complete mentor-directed, degree-related, real-world tasks. Additionally, students are exposed to jobs in the Federal service and engaged in meaningful work and engineering research at the start of their career.

"I feel honored to be a part of the American engineering tradition of excellence in aeronautics and space flight," said Bryce Doerr, AEM junior and NASA Armstrong Aeronautics Academy intern at the Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, CA. "NASA has an amazing legacy and I am honored to have the opportunity to make a contribution."

"I am excited to become a part of a leading organization in aerospace engineering and research," added Patipan Pipatpinyopong, AEM sophomore and NASA student trainee at the Armstrong Flight Research Center. "I believe this experience will develop my understanding as a student and further my experiences as an engineer. None of this would have been possible without the University's engagement of students outside the classroom, which provided me with valuable experience in the field of aerospace engineering and mechanics."

To qualify for the Pathways program, applicants must be enrolled full-time in a degree-granting course of study and maintain a GPA of 2.9 on a 4.0 scale. Participants must also have demonstrated a strong aptitude in their major field of study and a wide variety of extracurricular interests and leadership activities. It should be noted that six of the 11 students offered positions in the program have been involved with AEM's Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Research Lab for at least a year, in addition to various other activities.

"This experience will enable me to live out my childhood dream," said Andrew Mahon, AEM junior and NASA student trainee at the Armstrong Flight Research Center. "Thanks to the support and guidance of my AEM professors, I am excited to embark on a journey towards a successful career in aerospace research."

"Through the challenges I face, I hope to grow as an individual and a team member, while discovering my true passion within the field of aerospace engineering," added Katherine Glasheen, AEM sophomore and NASA Armstrong Aeronautics Academy intern. "This opportunity is only the first step to a rigorous, yet rewarding, career and I am very grateful for the support that I have received from peers, faculty and family to transform my dreams into reality."

To determine which type of work they are best suited, interns partake in various research projects that require them to apply the basic principles and theories of aerospace engineering and mechanics. Working under the supervision of engineers, they will assist with system design, flight test experiments, computer studies, and simulation with increasing difficulty and independence. By the end of the summer, they are expected to be working on complex research problems with limited supervision.

"This internship means the world to me," said Jacob Gustafson, AEM sophomore and Armstrong Aeronautics Academy intern. "It will allow me to follow my dreams and gain hands-on experience testing planes. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with NASA and am excited to further my career in the area of flight dynamics and controls."

"I am thrilled about this opportunity, and know it will be a great stepping stone for me in my career," added Thomas Georgiou, AEM junior and NASA Rotorcraft Aeromechanics intern at Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA. "I am excited for the things I will learn and the people I will meet. I also can't wait to be out in California. I couldn't ask for anything more."

For six of the students, this opportunity is being funded by the Minnesota Space Grant Consortium, a NASA higher education program that promotes the organization. Upon completion of the ten week summer program, students may have the option of extending their term or receiving permanent appoint upon graduation from the University.

"This is a dream come true," said Joel Krause, AEM junior and Langley Aeronautics Academy intern at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA. "I have wanted to work for NASA since I was eight and saw a shuttle lift off in Cape Canaveral. Being able to conduct research for the most renowned space agency in the world is an incredible opportunity that I am honored to be a part of."

"It means a lot to me to have this firsthand experience, especially so early in my career, and I'm going to do my best to improve myself as an engineer and student," added Erin Carroll, AEM freshman and student trainee at Armstrong Flight Research Center. "I think all of us feel the same sense of excitement and gratitude; it's an amazing opportunity, and I can't wait to get my hands dirty."

Last Modified: 2014-05-14 at 13:50:03 -- this is in International Standard Date and Time Notation