Letter from College Students regarding the Future of Human Spaceflight


image March 31, 2011

Dear President Obama and Members of Congress,

This year, as we celebrate both the fiftieth anniversary of human spaceflight and the accomplishments of the retiring Space Shuttle fleet, the exploration of space remains as critical as ever. Over the past year, many groups have offered their opinions on the best way for the US government to foster space exploration. However, one critical perspective has been missing from this conversation: that of the next generation. We, the signatories of this letter -- 280 students from universities and colleges across the nation -- are writing you today to ensure that our voice is heard in this ongoing discussion.

We are the ones who will be most affected by the decisions you make today. We are undergraduate and graduate students working hard to prepare ourselves for fulfilling careers as leaders and productive members of the civil, military, and commercial aerospace industries. We are the astronauts, engineers, scientists, and entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

We urge you to consider the following recommendations as you make the key decisions that will chart out the future of our nation's space program:

Everyone wins when NASA partners with the commercial spaceflight industry.

NASA always has been and, we hope, always will be the world's leader for human spaceflight. No other organization can boast of the accomplishments or the institutional legacy of NASA. However, NASA need not be the only way for people to get to space.

We believe that companies in the commercial spaceflight sector such as SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, and Blue Origin offer huge opportunities for us as students, and for our nation. Many of us are eagerly applying to work at companies in the commercial and entrepreneurial space sector. We do so partly because we are excited by their "Silicon Valley" spirit of innovation, their inspiring founders--Elon Musk of Paypal and Tesla Motors, Sir Richard Branson of the Virgin Group, Jeff Bezos of Amazon--and their fast-paced work environments. But we are also interested in working at these companies because we are greatly encouraged by the prospect of a future where these companies work alongside NASA.

We strongly believe that NASA and the nation both benefit greatly from investing in commercial spaceflight programs that will allow astronauts to fly on commercial vehicles; and we urge you to fully fund and support those programs. They offer a win-win situation: we ensure that the nation has a way--or, better yet, several independent ways--to get its astronauts into space following the impending retirement of the Space Shuttle, while the commercial sector will benefit from the support of NASA to grow faster and to hire more of us future graduates.

Open the space frontier to all.

For fifty years, NASA's astronauts have been heroes to the nation. We share that respect and admiration for the hardworking men and women of NASA's astronaut corps. However, access to space must not be limited just to this small group of people. Nearly all of us grew up wanting to be astronauts, and NASA should play a role in ensuring that that dream is open to all of us.

NASA and the US government can help make this dream a reality by doing two things: reinvigorating NASA's role as a technology development engine focused on advanced concepts, and fostering American businesses focusing on safely taking humans to space. The technology that gets us to space today is essentially the same as what carried John Glenn to orbit decades ago; and, if given the appropriate direction, NASA has the talent to develop breakthrough new technologies that will dramatically increase the human presence in the solar system. At the same time, commercial space companies large and small are developing routine, safe, low cost vehicles that will allow many more of us to become astronauts, payload specialists, and passengers. We urge you to embrace the commercial spaceflight industry and help fulfill the dreams of so many Americans who want to fly to space, whether for pleasure, for business, or for service to their country.

Allow NASA to explore the solar system again by embracing commercial spaceflight.

The International Space Station (ISS) is an amazing and unprecedented laboratory. It represents the culmination of decades of hard work and billions upon billions of dollars. With ISS just beginning to fully deliver on its promise, it is critical that we keep the station in orbit and in service. At the same time, we as a nation are also called to turn our attention beyond ISS. We are united in believing that, by embracing commercial spaceflight and thereby reducing costs, NASA can refocus its exploration program to look beyond Earth's orbit.

Whatever the destinations--the Moon, Mars, and the asteroids each hold their own appeal-what is important is that NASA be directed to send humans to explore our solar system, and to do so not on brief sorties but as part of a sustained exploration effort that constantly expands our knowledge and opens us up to new technologies and new opportunities. We are not a generation motivated by just flags and footprints; we desire exploration that is both inspirational and financially sustainable, and that will open up the solar system for exploration on a grander and more exciting scale than ever before.

This goal can be achieved by using new technologies achieved by NASA as well as new commercial vehicles being built by a wide range of American companies. Already, commercial firms are developing the capacity to deliver cargo and crew to ISS and to robotically explore destinations like the surface of the Moon. We urge you to direct NASA to use these commercial services wherever possible and to take advantage of the cost savings they offer to push ever further out into the solar system. NASA's mission isn't to be stuck circling in Low Earth Orbit; NASA should be exploring the frontier and developing new technologies.

Commercial companies will help grow tomorrow's workforce through inspiring STEM outreach and hands-on training.

Many people have spoken about the need to encourage more students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). As students, we believe that commercial companies--benefiting from the promotional resources and public attention that private firms command--will do a spectacular job of inspiring the next generation of STEM professionals. After all, what could be more inspirational than telling America's youth that they will have the opportunity to go to space themselves; not just a handful of the most talented and fortunate, but all of them who desire to do so? The prospect of working for these firms or going to space using their vehicles and services will inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists to take the most challenging classes in school and to develop new technologies and experiments that will make a positive difference in the world.

The low costs and high flight rates offered by commercial spaceflight providers also present a unique opportunity to allow students the chance to work on real projects that are flying to space. It is critical that students begin to acquire hands-on experience to complement our classroom studies, and commercial space flights allow low cost, low risk, and frequent opportunities for young scientists and engineers to develop real space hardware. Commercial spaceflight can play a key role in giving students valuable experience that will make us more productive members of the space exploration community or any other high tech field.

Conclusions

Thank you for your consideration of our thoughts on this important subject of human spaceflight. Here's a final story worth considering: as NASA inspired and amazed the world by landing humans on the surface of the Moon in the late 1960s, the average age in NASA's Mission Control was only about twenty-eight. People not much older than we are now played an enormous role in one of the crowning achievements in the history of the world. We believe that if NASA is refocused on developing new technology and on operating in partnership with the emerging commercial spaceflight sector, the youthful energy and excitement that allowed the Apollo missions to inspire the world and to reach unprecedented success will be rekindled. These commercial firms are the places we as students are most eager to work; and that enthusiasm is spilling over to NASA as the space agency begins to partner with this new industry.

The decisions you make today will decide whether we as a nation truly progress forward with our space exploration endeavors, or whether we lose out on the promise of the moment. We thank you for allowing us to make our opinions heard.

Sincerely,

The following list of students from universities nationwide:

Aaron M. Valentine
Class of 2014: BS, Mechanical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Adam Yozwiak
Class of 2011: BS, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University

Adela Wee
Class of 2014: BS, Mechanical Engineering, Olin College of Engineering

Akash Shah
Class of 2014: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Alan J. Carey
Class of 2013: BS, Aeronautical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Albert S. Gore
Class of 2014: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Alex Downs
Class of 2012: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Central Florida

Alex Whittemore
Class of 2012: BS, Electrical Engineering, Boston University

Alexander Muroyama
Class of 2012: BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland

Alison Bradbury
Class of 2013: BS, Systems Engineering, University of Arizona

Andrew Harner
Class of 2011: MS, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University

Andrew Heine
Class of 2013: BS, Engineering with Mechatronics, Olin College of Engineering

Andrew Hermann
Class of 2013: PhD, Agricultural and Environmental Engineering, Purdue University

Andrew Reed Stewart
Class of 2011: PhD, Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University

Anna Ho
Class of 2014: BA, Undecided, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Anson R. Koch
Class of 2013: BS, Aeronautical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Asa Eckert-Erdheim
Class of 2014: BS, Systems Engineering, Olin College of Engineering

Ashley Chandler
Class of 2012: PhD, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University

Ashley Clark
Class of 2011: MS, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University

Ashley Sng
Class of 2014: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Asif Yeahia
Class of 2011: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University at Buffalo

Atray Dixit
Class of 2012: BSE, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University

Balakumar Vasudevan
Class of 2012: MS, Computer Science, University at Buffalo

Barbara Hendrick
Class of 2012: BSE, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University

Barry Solomon
Class of 2012: MS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland

Ben Chapman
Class of 2014: BS, Mechanical Engineering & Sustainability, Olin College of Engineering

Ben Kroop
Class of 2014: BS, Engineering, Olin College of Engineering

Benjamin Crawford
Class of 2012: BS, Astronomy, University of Arizona

Benjamin Pantzis
Class of 2012: BS, Computer Engineering, University of Florida

Benjamin Wicher
Class of 2012: BS, Mechanical Engineering, University at Buffalo

Brandon Seifert
Class of 2014: BA, Undeclared, University of Colorado, Boulder

Brenda Scheufele
Class of 2012: M.Eng, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University

Brett Rowley
Class of 2014: BS, Mechanical Engineering, Olin College of Engineering

Brian Jennings
Class of 2012: BS, Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute

Brian Moore
Class of 2013: BS, Biomedical Engineering, Texas A&M University

Brian Senta
Class of 2011: BS, Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Brian E. McDaniel
Class of 2011: BS, Engineering Physics, St. Louis University

Brittany Torgrude
Class of 2013: BS, Engineering Management, University of Arizona

Bruce Davis
Class of 2012: PhD, Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder

Bruno Lesage
Class of 2012: MS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder

Bryan Chan
Class of 2011: MS, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University

Bryan Cannon
Class of 2012: BSE, Neuroscience, University of Michigan

C. Augustus Huebner
Class of 2013: BS, Aerospace Engineering, Virginia Tech
Cameron Crowell
Class of 2012: BS, Aerospace Engineering, Virginia Tech

Carissa Walker
Class of 2011: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Charles Domercant
Class of 2011: PhD, Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Tech

Charlie Behling
Class of 2014: BS, Mechanical Engineering, Olin College of Engineering

Chloe Vilain
Class of 2014: BS, Engineering with Computing , Olin College of Engineering

Christina Marie Johnson
Class of 2013: PhD, Botany, Miami University of Ohio

Christine Jensen
Class of 2012: BS, Aerospace Engineering, Iowa State University

Christopher Nie
Class of 2013: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder

Christopher Teubert
Class of 2012: BS Aerospace Engineering, Iowa State University

Christopher J. Ogden
Class of 2011: BA, Business Administration, University at Buffalo

Chun-Hui (Jeffrey) Lin
Class of 2011: BS, Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology

Colby Sato
Class of 2014: BS, Biological Engineering, Olin College of Engineering

Colin Winslow
Class of 2012: BS, Information Sciences and Technology, University of Arizona

Colin Zwiebel
Class of 2012: BS, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Olin College of Engineering

Colton Kohnke
Class of 2014: BS, Geophysics, Colorado School of Mines

Coralie Jackman
Class of 2011: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Corrianne Lamkin
Class of 2012: BS, Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Tech

Dan Bulfer
Class of 2011: BS, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering, Colorado School of
Mines

Dan Chuchawat
Class of 2012: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dan Koerber
Class of 2013: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dan Regan
Class of 2013: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Daniel Loscalzo
Class of 2011: BS, Civil Engineering, University at Buffalo

Daniel Nevius
Class of 2011: BS, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Harvard University

Daniel M. Pastuf
Class of 2011: BS, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University at Buffalo

Daphne F. Rein-Weston
Class of 2012: BSE, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University

Darren Pais
Class of 2012: PhD, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University

David Butz
Class of 2014: BS, Commercial Aviation, University of North Dakota

David Clifton
Class of 2012: BSE, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University

David DeBoth
Class of 2011: BS, Physics, Florida Institute of Technology

David Gerson
Class of 2014: BSE, Aerospace Engineering, Stanford University

David Peterside
Class of 2012: BS, Biological Engineering, University of Florida

David Slaby
Class of 2012: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

David J. Holewka
Class of 2012: BS, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University at Buffalo

Dean Liao
Class of 2010: BS, Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Tech

Derek Cleveland Mullins
Class of 2011: BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Central Florida

Dina Cavicchia
Class of 2011: BA, Physics Education, University of Central Florida

Divyanshu Agarwal
Class of 2013: BS, Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, Virginia Tech

Donald Gregorich
Class of 2014: BS, Undeclared, University of Maryland

Donald Delano Durm III
Class of 2012: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Central Florida

Doug Astler
Class of 2012: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland

Doug Nettles
Class of 2013: BS, Mechanical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

Elizabeth Tang
Class of 2012: PhD, Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Tech

Ellen Farber
Class of 2013: BS, Computer Science, Harvard University

Ellen Thomas
Class of 2013: BS, Psychology, University of Arizona

Emily Calandrelli
Class of 2012: MS, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Emily Metivier
Class of 2013: BS, Mechanical Engineering, Boston University

Emmanuel Tsaparikos
Class of 2011: MS, Space Systems Engineering, University of Michigan

Emmeline Y Kao
Class of 2012: BSE, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University

Eric Anden
Class of 2012: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Eric Reisenbuckler
Class of 2014: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Eric Sahr
Class of 2013: BS, Geology, University of Arizona

Eric Starr
Class of 2012: BSE, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University

Eric Womer
Class of 2012: BS, Aerospace Engineering, Boston University

Erica Chin
Class of 2013: BS, Biomechanics, Olin College of Engineering

Erin Stempinski
Class of 2012: MS, Botany, Miami University of Ohio

Ethan E. Harstad
Class of 2011: BS, Aerospace Engineering, Iowa State University

Evan Morikawa
Class of 2011: BS, Engineering with Computing, Olin College of Engineering

Fernando Arstizabal
Class of 2011: BS, Agricultural Engineering, University of Florida

Flora Vinson
Class of 2011: BS, Biological Engineering, University of Florida

Frank Mycroft
Class of 2012: MBA, Harvard University

Gabriella Alvarez
Class of 2014: BS, Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Tech

Geoffrey Bower
Class of 2011: PhD, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University

Gregory Bachison
Class of 2011: BS, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University at Buffalo

Gregory Doidge
Class of 2013: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Gregory M Pitner
Class of 2012: BS, Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics, Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute

Hallie A Gengl
Class of 2012: BS, Earth and Space Science, Arizona State University

Hans Eugene Waldenmaier
Class of 2011: MS, Botany, Miami University of Ohio

Harrison Chau
Class of 2012: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland

Harrison Searles
Class of 2012: BA, Economics & BA, Philosophy, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Harvey Elliott
Class of 2014: PhD, Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences, University of Michigan

Hee Yong Jeon
Class of 2014: BS, Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Tech

Ian Daniher
Class of 2013: BS, Electrical Engineering, Olin College of Engineering

Ian Haubert
Class of 2013: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Arizona

Jacqueline Alexander
Class of 2014: BS, Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Tech

Jake Gamsky
Class of 2011: BS, Physics, University of Kentucky

James Burgess
Class of 2013: BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Kentucky

James Michael
Class of 2011: PhD, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University

Jason Curtis
Class of 2012: BS, Engineering with Computing, Olin College of Engineering

Jason Goerlich
Class of 2011: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Jason Hewkin
Class of 2011: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Jason Murray
Class of 2011: BS, Chemical Engineering, Georgia Tech

Jeff Cunningham
Class of 2011: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Central Florida

Jeff Gordon
Class of 2011: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Jennifer Dowling
Class of 2012: BS, Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Tech

Jesse Cummings
Class of 2014: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland

Jessica Allen
Class of 2011: BS, Mechanical Engineering, University at Buffalo

Jessica Hall
Class of 2012: BA, Physics and Philosophy, Miami University of Ohio

Jessica Hicks
Class of 2011: MS, Information Sciences, University of North Texas

Jessica Wayer
Class of 2012: MS, Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Tech

Jim Crowell
Class of 2012: BS, Earth and Space Science, Arizona State University

Joe Every
Class of 2013: BS, Mechanical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

Joe Johnson
Class of 2011: MS, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University

Joel Houston
Class of 2011: BS, Astrophysics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Joel Meuting
Class of 2013: BS, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Arizona

Joey Sasser
Class of 2011: MS, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University

John Baader
Class of 2014: BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

John Gallo
Class of 2011: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

John Wirth
Class of 2012: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

John Pierce Wise, Jr.
Class of 2013: BS, Biology, University of Southern Maine

Johnathon Stark
Class of 2012: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder

Jonathan Claussen
Class of 2011: PhD, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Purdue University

Jonathan Mihaly
Class of 2012: PhD, Aeronautics, California Institute of Technology

Jonathan M. Huang
Class of 2012: BS, Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute

Joni De Guzman
Class of 2013: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Jordan Holquist
Class of 2012: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Jordan Bell
Class of 2014: BS, Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Tech

Josh Levy
Class of 2012: BS, Electrical Engineering, University of Florida

Joshua Furnish
Class of 2014: BS, Engineering, Olin College of Engineering

Joshua V. Nelson
Class of 2011: MS, Space Studies, University of North Dakota

Julia Rees
Class of 2012: BSE, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University

Julia Thompson
Class of 2014: PhD, Engineering Education, Purdue University

Julian Sy
Class of 2013: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Julie Xie
Class of 2012: BS, Mechanical & Materials Science and Engineering, Harvard University

Kailin Hsu
Class of 2012: BA, Physiology & Neurobiology, University of Maryland

Kaitlin Vahling
Class of 2014: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Kaitlyn Walker
Class of 2012: BS, Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

Kapil Varshney
Class of 2012: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Karthik Balakrishnan
Class of 2011: MS, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University

Katherine Johnson
Class of 2012: BS, Psychology, University of Arizona

Kathryn O'Connell
Class of 2012: BSE, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University

Katrina Hornstein
Class of 2012: MS, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University

Kendra Toole
Class of 2011: BS, Aerospace Engineering, Boston University

Kerry Fessenden
Class of 2011: BS, Aerospace Engineering, St. Louis University

Kevin Gowsell
Class of 2011: BS, Botany, Miami University of Ohio

Kevin Hardegree-Ullman
Class of 2011: BS, Astronomy, University of Arizona

Kevin McClure
Class of 2014: BS, Robotics Engineering, Olin College of Engineering

Kevin Zagorski
Class of 2012: BS, Mechanical Engineering, Boston University

Kier Fortier
Class of 2014: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder

Kimly Do
Class of 2014: BS, Mechanical Engineering, Olin College of Engineering

Krista Nixon
Class of 2012: BS, Geological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

Kristi Bradford
Class of 2012: BA, Astrophysics, Harvard University

Kyle Lovett
Class of 2014: BS, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University at Buffalo

Kyle Shannon
Class of 2013: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder

Kyle Stephens
Class of 2012: BS, Optical Sciences and Engineering, University of Arizona

Lars Osborne
Class of 2012: BS, Mechanical Engineering, Montana State University

Laura Chen
Class of 2011: BS, Engineering Mechanics and Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-
Champaign

Laura Stiles
Class of 2013: PhD, Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder

Lauren Sykora
Class of 2011: BSE, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University

Lenae Johnson
Class of 2013: BS, Engineering Physics, Colorado School of Mines

Lindsay Jones
Class of 2014: BS, Environmental Science, California State University, Channel Islands

Lindsey Ramkellawan
Class of 2014: BS, Biological Engineering, University of Florida

Lisa A. Alagna
Class of 2011: BS, Applied Mathematics, University at Buffalo

Louis Poirier
Class of 2012: MS, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University

Lucas Bannister
Class of 2013: BS, Mechanical Engineering, Boston University

Mackenzie D. Ott
Class of 2014: BS, Aeronautical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Mallory Casperson
Class of 2012: MS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Manuel Lopez
Class of 2012: MS, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University

Maria Barna
Class of 2011: BS, Aerospace Engineering, St. Louis University

Mariah Law
Class of 2014: BS, Space Physics, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

Martin Czerep
Class of 2011: MS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder

Martin Salisbury
Class of 2011: BS, Electrical Engineering, University at Buffalo

Marty Otzenberger
Class of 2011: BS, Engineering Physics, Colorado School of Mines

Mary Snooks
Class of 2013: BS, Geology and Geological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

Matt Daniels
Class of 2013: PhD, Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University

Matthew Cannella
Class of 2014: PhD, Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder

Matthew Hartle
Class of 2012: BS, Chemistry, Colorado School of Mines

Matthew Hill
Class of 2014: BS, Chemical Engineering, University at Buffalo

Matthew Tyrpak
Class of 2014: BS, Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Tech

Michael Boor
Class of 2011: BS, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University

Michael Hardisty
Class of 2014: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Michael A. Lotto
Class of 2014: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder

Michael S. Andrle
Class of 2013: PhD, Aerospace Engineering, University at Buffalo

Michelle Cheng
Class of 2012: MOP, Physiology, North Carolina State University

Morgan Lavine
Class of 2012: BS Electrical and Computer Engineering, Olin College of Engineering

Nathan Dostart
Class of 2014: BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Nathan Mogk
Class of 2012: BS, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Arizona

Nathan Wong
Class of 2011: BS, Engineering Mechanics and Astronautics, University of Wisconsin,
Madison

Neel Patel
Class of 2012: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Nicholas Boechler
Class of 2011: PhD, Aeronautics, California Institute of Technology

Nicholas Picon
Class of 2014: BS, Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Tech

Nicolas Lee
Class of 2012: PhD, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University

Nicolas M. Gaudio
Class of 2013: BS, Aeronautical Engineering and Physics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Nikita Gokhale
Class of 2013: BS, Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Tech

Orian J. Breaux
Class of 2012: BS, Aeronautical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Oyku Akkaya
Class of 2012: BSE, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University

Patrick Haddox
Class of 2011: BS, Engineering Mechanics and Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-
Champaign

Paul Booth
Class of 2013: BS Engineering with Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Olin College of
Engineering

Paul Schattenberg
Class of 2011: BS, Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University

Paul van Susante
Class of 2011: PhD, Engineering Systems, Colorado School of Mines

Pedro Jofre
Class of 2013: BS, Agricultural and Environmental Engineering, Purdue University

Phil Hornstein
Class of 2011: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Phillip Michel
Class of 2013: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Phillip Reyes
Class of 2012: BS, Aerospace Engineering, St. Louis University

Reinhold Povilaitis
Class of 2012: BSE, Materials Engineering, Arizona State University

Richard Wang
Class of 2011: BS, Mechanical Engineering, California Institute of Technology

Richard Otero
Class of 2011: BS, Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Tech

Richard E. Hanton
Class of 2011: BS, Computer Engineering, Iowa State University

Robbie Bunge
Class of 2011: MS, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University

Robert McMullen
Class of 2013: BS, Mechanical Engineering, Olin College of Engineering

Robert John Lossing
Class of 2011: MS, Environmental Science and Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

Robert John Rovetto
Class of 2011: MA, Philosophy & Applied Ontology, University at Buffalo

Robin Schneider
Class of 2014: PhD, Geochemistry, Colorado School of Mines

Robyn Macdonald
Class of 2013: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Rohit Mahakali
Class of 2011: MSE, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University

Ryan Isham
Class of 2012: BS, Biological Engineering, University of Florida

Ryan McLinko
Class of 2011: MS, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Salman Iqbal
Class of 2012: BS, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University at Buffalo

Samantha Marquart
Class of 2011: BA, Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Samuel Hoffman
Class of 2012: BS, Mechanical & Electrical Engineering, Boston University

Sara Meschberger
Class of 2012: BA, Communications and Linguistics, University of Arizona

Sara Streeb
Class of 2011: BS, Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Sarah Barrett
Class of 2013: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Saravanan Lakshmanan
Class of 2012: MS, Aerospace Engineering, University at Buffalo

Saraya Sikora
Class of 2012: MS, Environmental Engineering, University of Florida

Scott Perry
Class of 2011: MS, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University

Sean Gellenbeck
Class of 2013: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Arizona

Sean Lyons
Class of 2012: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University at Buffalo

Sean McClain
Class of 2013: BS Computer Engineering, Iowa State University

Sean Chait
Class of 2014: BS, Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Tech

Seiya Shimizu
Class of 2012: MS, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University

Shannon Weber
Class of 2013: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Shashank Saxena
Class of 2015: BS, Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University

Shen Ge
Class of 2011: MS, Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University

Sherrie Hall
Class of 2011: BS, Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Tech

Sonal Shah
Class of 2014: BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Kentucky

Stella Garcia
Class of 2011: BS, Biological Engineering, University of Florida

Steve Massey
Class of 2012: BS, Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering, St. Louis University

Steven Zinnen
Class of 2011: BS, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Olin College of Engineering

Swetha Chandrasekar
Class of 2014: BS, Bioengineering, Olin College of Engineering

Thomas Colvin
Class of 2012: MS, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University

Thomas Marsh
Class of 2013: BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Arizona

Timothy Alvarez
Class of 2013: BS, Management Information Systems, University of Arizona

Timothy Szwarc
Class of 2013: PhD, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University

Timothy J. Holland
Class of 2012: MS, Space Studies, University of North Dakota

Tomislav Ticak
Class of 2013: PhD, Microbiology, Miami University of Ohio

Travis Pollok
Class of 2012: BS, Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University

Triana Henz
Class of 2012: BS, Astronomy, University of Arizona

Tristan Kreutzberg
Class of 2011: M.Eng, Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences, University of Michigan

Tucker Gritton
Class of 2014: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Tyler Maddox
Class of 2012: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Central Florida

Tyler Reid
Class of 2011: MS, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University

Vaibhav Kumar
Class of 2012: MS, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University

Wahab Alshahin
Class of 2012: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Wesley Gardner
Class of 2014: BS, Physics, Math, and Computer Science, St. Louis University

Zachary Pace
Class of 2014: BS, Physics and Mathematics, University at Buffalo

Zachary H. Liquorman
Class of 2012: BA, Philosophy, University at Buffalo

Zachary T. Searer
Class of 2012: BS, Aerospace Engineering, University at Buffalo

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