#TeammateTuesday: Davis H.

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Davis has been serving as the Rocket Team Lead. He has been organizing and assigning tasks within the rocket subsystem, as well as making sure the rocket works as a cohesive system. Davis is studying aerospace engineering with a minor in mathematics and is from Clarksville, Tennessee. He first became interested in engineering when he made paper airplanes as a kid and his interest grew as he participated in Science Olympiad in high school. When he first arrived at UAH he had no engineering classes which is when he decided to join the Space Hardware Club. Davis decided to take Rocket Design because he wanted to do a hands-on project. He is currently working at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center on in-space liquid propulsion and will continue to work there during his spring and summer semesters until he graduates in Fall 2019. After his graduation he will continue working at MSFC while completing his graduate degree or move to private industry. When Davis has free time he enjoys playing music on ukulele, tuba, marimba, and many others. He also enjoys pineapple on his pizza, reading books by Terry Pratchett, and listening to music by George Gershwin. During Launch Week, Davis is excited to meet teams from across the country and fly the rocket.

#TeammateTuesday: Chloe M.

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Chloe is the Central Subsystem Lead and is responsible for the recovery system. This includes the recovery harnessing, parachutes, ejection systems, and avionics (namely the on-board altimeters). She is studying aerospace engineering and joins us from Nashville, Tennessee. She first became interested in engineering in middle school with she took a physics introductory class. In this class she realized how much she really loved math and science and how she could mesh that with her love of space history by becoming an Aerospace Engineer. Chloe decided to take Rocket Design because she loves designing and building rockets. In her freshman year of college she build her first rocket to get her Tripoli Level 1 Certification; by joining rocket design it was a fun way to learn new things in an area that she already loved. After graduation, Chloe will start working full time with Jacobs Engineering as a NASA Contractor in the Space Exploration Group as a high temperature polymer composites engineer. Her main responsibilities include the design and testing of new insulation formulations for the Solid Rocket Boosters on SLS and the ablative nozzle redesign which will be featured on the Advanced Boosters in future SLS missions. In her free time, Chloe is a very creative person so most of her hobbies involve making something fun and new whether it be through knitting, music, or baking! With Launch Week starting this week, Chloe is excited about meeting the other universities and learning more about their systems. She can’t wait to see how people got creative with their payloads!

#TeammateTuesday: Andrew W.

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Andrew has been working on the rover payload as the payload team lead. He is studying aerospace engineering and is originally from Cumming, Georgia. Andrew first became interested in engineering when he was 12 years old and participated in FIRST Lego League and FIRST Robotics competitions. He decided on Rocket Design because it seemed like a fun way to really get to use everything that he had been taught in his classes. After graduation, Andrew plans to continue working at AMRDEC working on tactical missile simulations. He also plans on attending the University of Alabama in Huntsville for graduate school where he will specialize in Aerospace Systems. When Andrew isn’t working on the rover, he enjoys playing concert euphonium, trombone, and saxophone, speaking Russian, reading fantasy books from authors like Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson, and unicycling.

#TeammateTuesday: Justin H.

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Justin has been working on the aft section of the rocket as the aft subsystem lead, as well as the simulation lead. He is studying mechanical engineering and comes to us from Pulaski, Tennessee. Justin decided to study engineering because he’s always been interested in building things and knowing how things work. While he was growing up, he always has an interest in space and what was beyond Earth; he watched a lot of television and read books about space too. Because of his interested in space and what’s beyond Earth, he’s had an interest in rockets and missiles, Justin decided to take Rocket Design. While he had never had the ability to participate or be involved in high powered rocketry until now, he would like to pursue a career in missile defense or something spacecraft related after graduation. He’s always had a dream to be able to engineer something that is used in everyday life or helps defend the county. Ideally, he would like to get into the field dealing with energetics or propulsion systems, preferably through missile defense or Department of Defense related. When Justin is not working on the rocket or simulations, he enjoys playing video games, reading comic books and watching their movies,  and watching scary movies. Justin also believes that breakfast is an every time meal.

What’s Needed to Power Up for a Career in STEM

On March 15, members of the CRW team worked in conjunction with members of the UAH Space Hardware Club and a representative from the Air Force to present a workshop panel at the Huntsville Rocket City Regional for FIRST Robotics Competition. The workshop allowed for the robotics students to ask questions on what it is like to be in STEM fields. Questions ranged from how each person got started in their major or career to what kinds of classes should they take in high school (in terms of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Governor’s School, etc.). The panelists responded to the questions harmoniously despite coming from different backgrounds and wanting to achieve different goals. The panelists gave their insights on how they chose their college or career path. Other information and advice the panelists gave advice on was getting involved with a student organization, not rushing through school, and making sure follow passions even if it’s outside of engineering or STEM. The students seemed to be receptive to the advice and suggestions that the panelists had to give.

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