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EE student participates in NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars and wins first prize

New Mexico Tech Electrical Engineering student Michelle Sherman who graduated earlier this year from Santa Fe Community College, was selected to travel to NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi this fall to participate in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars project.

Electrical Engineering student Michelle Sherman to participate in NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars.

The program is a highly competitive program that gives scholars the opportunity to interact and network with NASA engineers and scientists. Ms. Sherman was selected as one of 304 community college students from across the U.S. to be part of the project. The five-week scholars program culminates with a four day, on site event at Stennis Space Center. While at NASA, students form teams and establish fictional companies interested in Mars exploration. Each team is responsible for developing and testing a prototype rover, forming a company infrastructure, managing a budget, and developing communications and outreach. The on-site experience at the NASA space center will include a tour of facilities and briefings by NASA subject matter experts.

The winning team selection was based on:
  • Rock Retrieval and Mineral Identification Mission
  • Rover Rescue and Mineral Identification Mission
  • Final Presentation
  • Budget Reporting and Communication
  • Team Spirit and Professionalism

Accepted to New Mexico Tech as a junior this fall, Ms. Sherman plans to double major in mathematics and electrical engineering. She hopes to one day work with NASA and use her engineering, robotic and mathematical skills to enhance research on other planets.

Asking Michelle about her experience she stated: "I have learned so much from this experience and am grateful for the team I had the pleasure of working with. We were all strangers on Day 1, but by Day 4 we were like a family. We worked together for 18 hours a day for four days, without fighting or arguing. We all listened to each other's input and came together on a resolution. Amazing doesn't even begin to describe how professional and incredibly talented all of these individuals are. Every single person played a part in this challenging task. I feel honored to have worked with them and hope that someday we can come together again as a team again, working at NASA with the challenge of the first manned mission to Mars (which I was told is going to be around the mid 2030's"


More photos from Michelle's experience