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Scholar Spotlight: Scholars Give Back!

Fueled by their appreciation for the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF), the Astronaut Scholars have “given back” by donating their own personal funds to sponsor one full scholarship! Initiated by fellow ASF Board Member/Astronaut Scholar, Lisa Schott, the Astronaut Scholars “Give Back” program raised over $10,000 for the upcoming year. The scholar donations rolled in selflessly, including an anonymous $5,000 donation! The Scholars who donated to the cause include: Patrick Biltgen, Jessica Blomberg, Greg Book, Larry Bradley, Ryan East, Ashley Ewh, Debora Fairbrother, Simon Gharibian, Jayleen Guttromson, Christina Hammock, Joseph Han, John Hofferberth, Timothy Jackson, Trent Kingery, Tom Krizanosky, Joseph Kummer, …

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Scholar Spotlight: Jarret Lafleur

From researching Mars atmospheric entry trajectories, to developing new spacecraft technology, to jet-setting around the country presenting his work, 2005-2007 Astronaut Scholar Jarret Lafleur keeps his head above the clouds! As a Georgia Tech graduate student, Lafleur participated in a co-op at NASA’s Johnson Space Center over the summer analyzing options for entry into Mars’ atmosphere, and developing new methods for selecting trajectories for descent to the surface of the Moon or Mars. For the past year, Lafleur has been back at his alma mater contributing to an industry team led by Orbital Sciences on a project sponsored by the …

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Scholar Spotlight: Larry Bradley

Astronaut Scholar Larry Bradley of the Johns Hopkins University led an international team of astronomers credited for discovering the most distant galaxy ever observed. The galaxy dates to 13 billion years ago, when the Universe was just 700 million years old. Bradley and his colleagues uncovered the distant galaxy by pointing the Hubble Space Telescope at a nearby massive cluster of galaxies. The galaxy cluster, whose mass is about a thousand times that of the Milky Way, worked as a gravitational lens magnifying the light from the more distant galaxy behind it. The Hubble images provide the most detailed look …

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Scholar Spotlight: Derek Lang

As the world watches the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, Astronaut Scholar Derek Lang can proudly sit back knowing that his project at the Stramler Group launched a satellite to broadcast direct satellite-to-mobile hand set television services during the games. Lang, a Senior Engineering Consultant with the aerospace consulting firm Stramler, provides in-factory monitoring for customers who are procuring communication satellites. Before working in his current job Lang held a position at TGV Rockets and helped complete preliminary vehicle design and analysis for a rocket that could be transported and operated within a few days of demand anywhere around …

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Scholar Spotlight: Trent Kingery

Astronaut Scholar Captain Trent Kingery was deployed in January 2006 for seven months to Al Asad, Iraq for his second combat tour with the United States Navy. During this deployment, he flew 354 combat hours and 113 combat sorties while providing “on-call” Close Air Support to ground forces. In June 2006, he surpassed the 1,000 FA-18 flight hour mark. Upon returning from his combat deployment in late August, Kingery accepted orders to become a member of the acquisition community at NAVAIR, Patuxent River, Maryland. Trent was assigned to the V-22 Program Office. He is currently pursuing Level I certification in …

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Scholar Spotlight: Theresa Kowalkowski

Astronaut Scholar, Theresa Kowalkowski, was recently named Lead of the Mission Design Chair for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s (JPL) Advanced Projects Design Team, or Team X. This concurrent engineering design team is responsible for evaluating mission concepts for JPL and non-JPL missions flying to the Moon, Mars and beyond. As an undergraduate, she gained experience through a NASA co-op program and moved on to the Mars Exploration Rover program after receiving her Master’s degree. Theresa received the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation’s award from 1998–2000 while at Purdue University.

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Anna Moskovich Wins Omega Speedmaster Watch

Gen. Tom Stafford chose Anna Moskovich’s raffle ticket at the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation’s 2006 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction Gala on May 5, 2006, making her the winner of the Omega Speedmaster Watch raffle. “I was so glad to have won it, but even happier to have provided support for the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation,” said Moskovich. The raffle ran from February to May with tickets available online, through the mail, and at the gala. Hundreds of tickets were purchased, raising $10,000 for the scholarship program. Omega generously donated the Speedmaster watch, which was the first and only brand of …

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Scholar Spotlight: Jayleen Guttromson

Jayleen Guttromson, 2003–2005 Astronaut Scholar from Purdue University, is an Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Deputy Subsystem Manager (SSM) at NASA Johnson Space Center providing technical interface between the contractor and other areas of NASA. In this position, she oversees EMU operations from build-up and processing to spacewalks and chamber or neutral buoyancy laboratory runs including repair and upgrading hardware to failure investigations. These topics involve integration of engineering and program management to sustain technical expertise for preparing and attending test readiness reviews, developing and reviewing technical paperwork, procedures, and presentations, including attending technical meetings. As an SSM, Jayleen also has …

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Scholar Spotlight: Karen Uffalussy

Karen Uffalussy, 2003–2004 Astronaut Scholar from North Carolina State University, was awarded a fellowship from the National Science Foundation to lead a research group of chemical engineering undergraduates in Japan. For four months, she lived in Osaka, Japan and worked in Kaneda Sensei’s laboratory at Osaka University. In this laboratory, Mizugaki Sensei, guided her research work and helped her build on her knowledge of autoclave reactors and rhodium cluster synthesis. After intense work, they obtained impressive results. They determined that a dendrimer encapsulated rhodium carbonyl cluster process was more effective in turning this chemical into a much more useful and …

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Scholar Spotlight: Joseph Kummer

Astronaut Scholar Joseph Kummer’s dissertation work has focused on the feasibility of integrating a cross-flow fan into an airplane wing for propulsion and flow control. The cross-flow fan looks similar to a squirrel cage; and in his design, air is drawn into the fan from the top surface and expelled out at the trailing edge as a jet. It turns out that this configuration is virtually stall-free, allowing operation at extremely high angles of attack up to 40 degrees, and producing 3-4 times the lift of a conventional wing. It is also up to 30% more efficient in cruise, even …

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Scholar Spotlight: Christina Hammock

Christina Hammock, 2000–2002 Astronaut Scholar from North Carolina State University, is currently a Research Associate and Cryogenics Technician for Raytheon Polar Services Company, living and working at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica. Her position there will last one year, encompassing a busy summer season of preparation, and a longer isolated winter of supporting science experiments. Unique aspects of living in the South Pole include the endless showering of auroras, a single sunrise and sunset to mark the year’s passage and a sky of abundant with stars. Christina reflects that perhaps the same kinds of celestial marvels also inspired …

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Scholar Spotlight: Emily Eelkema

Emily Eelkema, 1998–1999 Astronaut Scholar from the University of Minnesota, has recently been promoted to Mission Manager for the Mars Exploration Project. She will be one of three mission managers in charge of running the twin rovers. “The mission manager oversees the daily planning process,” says Eelkema. “They also monitor overall spacecraft health.” Eelkema has been at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for 5 years. She joined the MER project just before they landed on Mars last year.

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