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Bioastronautics Student Awards and Recognition (since 2002)

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2017: Katya Arquilla (aero PhD student) and Christine Escobar (aero PhD student) were two of the first 16 recipients of scholarships for women in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) awarded from the Women Forward in Technology Scholarship Program

 

2017: Abhishek Kumar (aero MS student) and Katya Arquilla (aero MS/PhD student) were selected to participate in the Space Station Design Workshop, an international, interdisciplinary week-long event held each summer in Stuttgart, Germany

                                                                                               

 

2016: Tobias Niederwieser (aero PhD student) received a PhD Fellowship from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes) for his proposal titled ‘Feasibility of an algal photobioreactor for combined bioregenerative functionality of air revitalization, waste water treatment and food production in a space habitat.’ (advisor, Prof. Klaus)

 

2016: Jordan Holquist, (aero PhD student) received first place in the student poster competition held at the International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES) in Vienna, Austria, for his poster titled “Ionic Liquids Selection and Initial Test Results for Electrochemical Carbon Dioxide Reduction” (advisor, Prof. Klaus).  This was his third time placing in this competition!

 

2016: Ben Lewis and Krishan Patel (aero MS students) were selected to participate in the Space Station Design Workshop, an international, interdisciplinary week-long event held each summer in Stuttgart, Germany

 

2016: Emily Matula received an American Association of University Women's (AAUW) Brown/Ricketts/Udick Graduate Scholarship for women pursuing a graduate degree at the University of Colorado, (advisor, Prof. Nabity)

 

2016: Daniel Case (aero PhD student) received a 2016 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF) award for his proposal titled ‘Passive Radiation Shielding: Integrating Multilayer and Multipurpose Materials into Space Habitat Design’ (advisor, Prof. Nabity)

 

2016: Michael Lotto (aero PhD student) received a 2016 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF) award for his proposal titled ‘Assessing the Feasibility of using Co-electrolysis with Task-Specific Ionic Liquids to Produce Methane and Oxygen for Martian In-Situ Resource Utilization’ (advisor, Prof. Klaus)

 

2016: Vanessa Aponte (aero PhD 2006), Lockheed Martin, received the CU Boulder Recent Alumni Award

 

2016: Tobias Niederwieser (aero PhD student) was selected to participate in the Space Studies Program (SSP) of the International Space University (ISU). The 8 week program will be conducted in Haifa, Israel. He received a combined full scholarship to attend the ISU summer program from the European Space Agency (ESA), Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, the Association of Austrian Space Industries (AUSTROSPACE), the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) as well as the Julius Raab Foundation, (advisor, Prof. Klaus)

 

2016: Daniel Case (aero PhD student) was selected to participate as a student for the 2016 NASA Space Radiation Summer School to be held at Brookhaven National Laboratory.  The course is designed for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty with an interest in radiation biology (advisor, Prof. Nabity)

                                                                                               

 

2015: Kyle Borg (MS student) was selected to participate in the Space Station Design Workshop, an international, interdisciplinary week-long event held each summer in Stuttgart, Germany

 

2015: Evan Thomas (aero PhD 2009), Assistant Professor at Portland State University, received the CU-Boulder Alumni Association Kalpana Chawla Outstanding Recent Graduate Award

 

2015: Jordan Holquist (aero PhD student) student received 2nd place presented a poster titled “Opportunities and Challenges for Direct Oxygen Generation using Electrochemical Carbon Dioxide Reduction Catalyzed by Room Temperature Ionic Liquids,” at the 45th International Conference on Environmental Systems in Bellevue, WA

 

2015: Joseph S. Butterfield (aero MS) was selected to participate as a student for the 2015 NASA Space Radiation Summer School to be held at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY from June 3-26.  The course is designed for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty with an interest in radiation biology

 

2015: A team of CU AES grad students (Jonathan Anthony, Matthew Milanese, Tobias Niederwieser, William Tandy, Kaitlin McIntosh, Lauren McManus, Charles "Zeke" Bretchel, Sean Napier, advised by Professor Klaus, were selected to participate in the 2015 NIA/NASA RASC-AL Competition held in Cocoa Beach, Fla., in June for their proposal titled ‘Delphi: A Lunar Architecture to Enable Exploration, Research, and Commercial Development of Space beyond LEO’ received ‘Best in Theme’ award for lunar architecture

 

2015: Evan Thomas (aero PhD 2009), Assistant Professor at Portland State University, received the CU College of Engineering and Applied Science Recent Alumni Award

 

2015: Kirstyn Johnson (aero BS/MS) received a CU College of Engineering and Applied Science, Distinguished Senior Award, graduating with a 4.0 cumulative GPA – the first AES student to do so since 1982!

 

2015: Emily Matula (aero PhD student) received a NASA NSTRF Fellowship (advisor, Prof. Nabity)

 

2015: Bill Tandy and Henna Jethani (aero MS students) were selected to participate in the 2015 Caltech Space Challenge held in Pasadena, CA from March 22-27. This theme for this year was to design a mission to land humans on an asteroid brought back to lunar orbit, extract the asteroid's resources and demonstrate their use.

 

2015: Chris Nie (aero BS/MS) participated in the Space Horizons 2015 annual workshop held at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, February 18-19. The workshop was focused this year on assessing how proven facilities in Antarctica can be used as operational analogs for sustainably supporting human missions to the moon or Mars.

                                                                                               

 

2014: Luis Zea (aero PhD candidate) received the "Student Investigator Spaceflight Award" from the Center for Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) during the American Society of Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR) Conference in Pasadena, CA.

 

2014: In July the second annual Startup Weekend Space was held in San Jose, California, fielding ten teams dedicated to “the development of space technologies and broader conceptual understanding of space, or “outer-worldly ideation around NewSpace.”  The winning team was BioCube, led by Christine Fanchiang (aero PhD candidate), which was conceptualized as a line of cube satellites intended to help biologists study organic materials in space.

 

2014: A team of CU AES grad students (Collin Bezrouk, Geimi Delarge, Christine Fanchiang, Roger Huang, Karla Rosario, Megan Scheele, and Eric Threet, advised by Professor Klaus) were selected as finalists in the Mars Society’s ‘Inspiration Mars Student Design Contest’ for their proposal titled ‘Mars Approach Vehicle and Earth Return for Interplanetary Crew (MAVERIC):  An Innovative, Robust, and Simple Architecture for a Mars Flyby Mission. Ten finalist teams from Japan, India, Russia, the Netherlands, Poland, Germany and the United States were selected from 38 entries and are invited to present their mission concepts at the 17th Annual International Mars Society Convention to be held this August in League City, Texas near the NASA Johnson Space Center. Christine Fanchiang, Roger Huang and Eric Threet prepared the final presentation, with Roger and Eric travelling to Houston to present the results. MAVERIC received 2nd place overall!

 

2014: Christopher Nie (aero BS/MS) and Tobias Niederwieser (MS) were selected as part of Aviation Week/Raytheon’s Tomorrow’s Engineering Leaders-The Twenty20s

 

2014: Jordan Holquist (aero PhD student) received a NASA NSTRF Fellowship (advisor, Prof. Klaus)

 

2014: Kier Fortier (aero BS/MS) was selected to participate in the NASA Student Ambassador Program

 

2014: Elise Kowalski (aero MS) received a Jeppesen Scholarship for 2014-2015 to study at the Technische Universität Darmstadt in Germany, where she will take courses in mechanical engineering and human factors, followed by an internship next summer at Jeppesen in Frankfurt.

 

2014: Christine Fanchiang (aero PhD candidate) was one of two students sponsored by the Boulder, Colorado chapter of P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) to receive a P.E.O. Scholar Award, a $15,000 merit-based scholarship for women from the US and Canada who are pursuing a doctoral level degree at an accredited college or university.  P.E.O. is one of the pioneer societies promoting educational opportunities for women, founded in 1869.

 

2014: Two CU teams of aerospace grad students advised by Professor Klaus were selected to participate in the 2014 NIA/NASA RASC-AL Competition held in Cocoa Beach, Fla., in June: "Enabling the space frontier by implementation of a low mass cis-lunar outpost" or LITEHABS (Asa Darnell, Tobias Niederwieser, Elliot Russell, Chris Christensen, Christine Fanchiang, Jonathan Anthony, Chris Nie, and Matthew Milanese) and "ECLIPSE: The Explorartory Cis-Lunar Laboratory for Interplanetary Sample Extraction" (Jake Adams, Adam Brown, Adam Carahalios, Zachary Cuseo, Elyssa Kaszynski, Josh Smith, Ryder Whitmire, Eric Provo, Elise Kowalski and Chris Walsh).  The LITEHABS team tied for 1st place in the graduate division!

 

2014: Luis Zea (aero PhD candidate) received a Fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to conduct research at the German Aerospace Agency (DLR) in Cologne, Germany from February through August, 2014.  His research involves characterizing the effects of spaceflight on microbial drug resistance.

 

2014: Mike Lotto (aero BS/MS) was selected by the National Space Club as the 2014 recipient of the Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Scholarship

                                                                       

 

2013:  Mike Lotto (aero BS/MS) received the Paul M. & Burgette A. Hart Scholarship

 

2013: Geoffrey King (aero MS) received a postgraduate scholarship from the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada for the 2013/14 academic year

 

2013: Tobias Niederwieser (aero MS) was selected to receive sponsorship from AUSTROSPACE (Association of Austrian Space Industries) for his studies abroad (at CU) contributing to space technologies and applications in the area of space science

 

2013: Jake Gamsky (aero MS), Kirstyn Johnson (aero BS/MS) and Mike Lotto (BS/MS) were selected as part of Aviation Week/Raytheon’s Tomorrow’s Engineering Leaders-The Twenty20s

 

2013: Christine Fanchiang, aerospace PhD student, received a NASA Harriett G. Jenkins Graduate Fellowship (advisor, Prof. Klaus)

 

2013: Christopher Nie (aero BS/MS) was selected for the NASA Student Ambassador Program

 

2013: Christopher Nie (aero BS/MS) received a UMC Schafer Leadership Scholarship

 

2013: Jordan Holquist (aero MS) received a third place award in the AIAA 2013 ICES student poster competition for his poster titled Characterization of a Potassium Superoxide-based Air Revitalization System for Crewed Spacecraft

 

2013: Christine Fanchiang, aerospace PhD student, received an Achievement Reward for College Scientists (ARCS) Scholarship for the 2013/14 academic year.

 

2013: A team of CU aero grad students (Heather Hava, Jordan Holquist, Christine Fanchiang and Griffin Hale) along with Matthew Carton (CU mech eng) and Keira Havens (CSU microbio) advised by Professor Nikolaus Correll received first place for their project titled Bioregenerative Life Support Systems (BLSS) for Long Duration Human Space Missions in the 2013 NASA/NIA Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) graduate design competition held in Cocoa Beach, FL. They were also recognized with the ‘Best Advanced Concepts’ award.

 

2013: Luis Zea, aerospace PhD candidate, received the AIAA’s Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Award for the 2013–2014 academic year

 

2013: Stefanie Gonzalez and Luis Zea, both aerospace PhD students, were selected to participate in the MIT/Skoltech Space Exploration Strategy program, a joint initiative between MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology. Areas of research include exploration ideology and rationale, mission planning, advanced in-space propulsion systems, long-duration crew health and life support systems, and surface exploration systems. The first segment of this project includes students collaborating and developing mission objectives. Luis Zea was also invited as part of a select group to travel to Moscow, Russia for a week-long workshop. The final report will be disseminated at the International Astronautical Congress in Beijing, China.

 

2013: Stefanie Gonzalez, aerospace PhD student, received an NSF Fellowship to support her research.

 

2013: Stefanie Gonzalez (aero PhD) and Ashley Williams (aero MS) were selected to participate with students from around the world as part of the Caltech Space Challenge, which took place from March 25-29 in Pasadena, CA. The teams were tasked with designing a human mission to a Martian moon in 5 days. World-renowned scientists were invited to educate the students on topics such as; planetary science, orbital mechanics, and space physiology.

 

2013:  Mike Lotto (aero BS/MS) received a national Goldwater Scholarship, recognizing sophomores and juniors who have achieved high academic merit and demonstrated leadership potential.

                                                                                               

 

2012: Kirstyn Johnson (aero BS/MS) received the Women in Aerospace (WIA) Foundation Scholarship for the 2012/13 academic year

 

2012: Mike Lotto (aero BS/MS) received the Outstanding NASA Co-op Award

 

2012: Mike Lotto (aero BS/MS) received the Lanis and Carmen Pinchuk Student Leader Scholarship

 

2012: Christine Fanchiang, aerospace PhD student, received an Achievement Reward for College Scientists (ARCS) Scholarship for the 2012/13 academic year

 

2012: Chris Massina, aerospace PhD student, received a NASA NSTRF Fellowship

 

2012:  A group of CU undergraduate students (Mike Lotto, Andrew Broucek, Kirstyn Johnson, Chris Nie and Kyle Shannon from Aerospace, and Jared Yenzer from ECE) were selected to participate in NASA’s 2012 Reduced-Gravity Education Flight Program to conduct their experiment titled Validating the Gravity Dependence of the Churchill-Chu Correlation for Free Convective Heat Transfer from a Finite, Flat Plate:  A Study of the Effects of Gravity on Free Convective Heat Transfer during parabolic flights.  Prof. Klaus was the faculty advisor for the project. 

 

2012: Two groups of Bioastronautics students and a third team from CU including international collaborators were selected as finalists in the 2012 NASA/NIA Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) design competition and presented their projects in Cocoa Beach, FL, with travel funding provided by NASA. The teams and students are shown below. Joe Tanner, Dan Scheeres and Dave Klaus were the advisors, respectively.

Extraterrestrial Outpost (ExO): Design and Implementation of a Long-Term Sustainable Lunar Habitat (1st Place)

Stuart Tozer, Christine Fanchiang, Nicholas Zinner, Zachary Grunder, Joshua Imobersteg, Felix Bidner and Lee Jasper

Human Exploration of Near Earth Asteroids -- A Revolutionary Mission Architecture (2nd Place)

CU: Simon Tardivel and Yu Takahashi

Delft University of Technology: Jon Herman (incoming CU Phd student), Jon Reijneveld, Katie Dunlop

University of Stuttgart: Aline Zimmer

Human Intervention for a Low-Earth-Orbit Interference-Free Environment (HI-LIFE)

Adam Leppek, Lance Markovchick, Lydia McDowell and Thomas Snow

 

2012: Robert Ocampo, aerospace PhD student, received the CU Aerospace Engineering Sciences Graduate Student Service Award

                                                                                               

 

2011:  Mike Lotto (aero BS) was selected as a NASA Student Ambassador

 

2011: Christine Fanchiang, Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Rocky Mountain Section Pioneer Scholarship

 

2011: Sarah Over, aerospace MS student, received an American Association of University Women (AAUW) Selected Professions Fellowship

 

2011: Heather Hava, aerospace MS student, received an American Association of University Women (AAUW) Selected Professions Fellowship

 

2011: Luis Zea, aerospace PhD student, received the aerospace engineering sciences Graduate Student Service Award.

                                                                                               

 

2010:  Mike Lotto (aero BS) Outstanding NASA Intern Award

 

2010: Jonathan Metts, aerospace PhD student, received the Aerospace Department’s John A. Vise Graduate Student Excellence Award

 

2010: Jonathan Metts, aerospace PhD student, received a first place award in the student poster competition held during the 40th Annual International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES), an AIAA forum held from July 11-15, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain.  His poster was titled ‘Electrochromic Radiator Impact on Apollo Sublimator Water Consumption.’ This was the third year in a row that he placed in the ICES poster competition!

 

2010: Jennifer Mindock, aerospace PhD student, received a Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship for the 2010-2011 academic year.

                                                                                               

 

2009: Ryan Kobrick, aerospace PhD student, received the Aerospace Department’s John A. Vise Graduate Student Excellence Award

 

2009: Jonathan Metts, aerospace PhD student, received a second place award in the student poster competition held during the 39th Annual International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES), an AIAA co-sponsored event, in Savannah, GA from 12-16 July 2009.  His poster was titled ‘Electrochromic Radiators for Space Suits: Preliminary Testing Results.’

 

2009: Jennifer Mindock, aerospace PhD student, was awarded a NASA Graduate Student Research Program fellowship for her proposal titled, "Defining a Failure Mode-based, Multivariate Risk Index to Assess Human Spacecraft Safety and Reliability."

 

2009: Jennifer Mindock, aerospace PhD student, received an Achievement Reward for College Scientists (ARCS) Scholarship

 

2009: Ryan Kobrick, aerospace PhD student, received an Achievement Reward for College Scientists (ARCS) Scholarship.

 

2009: Jonathan Metts, aerospace PhD student, received an Achievement Reward for College Scientists (ARCS) Scholarship.

                                                                                               

 

2008: Kennda Lynch, MS aerospace 2008, received a NASA Harriet Jenkins Fellowship.

 

2008: Jonathan Metts, aerospace PhD student, received 4th place recognition in a student poster competition held at the 38th International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES) in San Francisco in July for his poster titled ‘Application of Electrochromic Materials for Active Space Suit Thermal Control’.

 

2008: Jonathan Metts, aerospace Ph.D. student, received a Beverly Sears Graduate Student Grant.

                                                                                               

                                                            

2007: Andrea Hanson, aerospace Ph.D. student, received a Beverly Sears Graduate Student Grant.

 

2007: Ryan Kobrick, aerospace PhD student, received a NASA Graduate Student Research Program (GSRP) Fellowship.

 

2007: Jonathan Metts, aerospace PhD student, received a NASA Graduate Student Research Program (GSRP) Fellowship.

 

2007: Kevin Higdon, aerospace PhD student, received a NASA Graduate Student Research Program (GSRP) Fellowship.

 

2007: AES PhD students Jonathan Metts and Bruce Davis, advised by Professor Klaus, received a Runner Up award at the PISCES Lunar Outpost National Student Design Competition held in Hilo, HI,

                                                                                               

 

2006: Ryan Kobrick, aerospace PhD student, received the AIAA John Leland Atwood Graduate Award, which provides a $10,000 stipend.  His research involves development of Advanced Space Suit Technologies with an emphasis on lunar dust mitigation strategies.

                                                                                               

 

2005: James Russell, aerospace PhD candidate, received the AIAA John Leland Atwood Graduate Award. 

 

2005: Steve Chappell, aerospace PhD candidate, received an AIAA Graduate Fellowship Award.

                                                                                               

 

2004: Michael Benoit, aerospace PhD student, received the Aerospace Department’s John A. Vise Graduate Student Excellence Award

 

2004: Vanessa Aponte, aerospace Ph.D. student, received a NASA Graduate Student Research Program (GSRP) Fellowship for her thesis research titled 'Development of a Novel BioMEMS Sensor for Minimally Invasive Astronaut Immune System Monitoring'. Vanessa also works part of the year as a co-op in the Biological Systems Office at the NASA Johnson Space Center.

 

2004: Jackson Lee, aerospace MS student, was awarded an NSF EAPSI fellowship to Japan this summer. He will be working at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Tsukuba, Japan, on research related to his MS thesis entailing various aspects of microbial recycling bioprocesses for a Lunar or Mars base.

 

2004: Jackson Lee, aerospace MS student, recently received a Beverly Sears Graduate Student Grant of $500 to purchase lab equipment needed for his thesis work.

 

2004: Heather Howard, a first year MS student, received a NASA Graduate Student Research Program (GSRP) Fellowship from the Johnson Space Center for her research titled 'Systematic Characterization of Antibiotic Effectiveness Under Altered Gravitational Environments (simulated 0g to centrifuged 10g)’.

                                                                                               

 

2003: Juniper Jairala, aerospace Ph.D. student, received a Graduate Assistantship in Biosciences from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Initiative for Minority Student Development.

 

2003: Mike Benoit, aerospace Ph.D. student, received an Honorable Mention Award in the student competition for his poster titled 'Computational Modeling of Extracellular Mass Transport' presented at the 19th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology (ASGSB) held in November in Huntsville, AL.

 

2003: Mike Benoit, aerospace Ph.D. student was elected President of the ASGSB Student Chapter.

 

2003: Mike Benoit, aerospace PhD student, was awarded the AIAA Foundation Graduate Award for Studies in Cellular Dynamics and Growth in Space. The award provides $5000 for research support and a travel stipend to attend the 42nd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting in Reno NV, January 2004.

 

2003: Tom Hatfield, aerospace Ph.D. candidate, was awarded the AIAA Foundation Graduate Award for Studies in Ultrasonic Physiological Measurement and Technology. The award provides $5000 for research support and a travel stipend to attend the 42nd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting in Reno NV, January 2004.

 

2003: Jim Russell, aerospace Ph.D. student and BioServe RA, received a 'Grant-in-Aid of Research' award from the Scientific Research Society, Sigma Xi. The award will be used to help support his thesis work involving development of a non-invasive biosensor for use in space and ground-based cell culture research. This is a highly competitive process with only approximately 20% of applicants receiving funding.

 

2003: Juniper Jairala was awarded a fellowship from the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. (GEM) to support her MS studies at CU in Aerospace Engineering Sciences (http://www.gemfellowship.org). This award will provide her with full tuition/fees and a minimum $10,000 stipend over 3 semesters, along with summer internships by the employer sponsor, in this case, NASA Dryden.

                                                                                               

 

2002: Melissa Sampson, aerospace Ph.D. student and BioServe RA, was selected as an Amelia Earhart Fellow by Zonta International for the second year in a row. The awards, established in 1938, are granted annually to women pursuing graduate degrees related to aerospace sciences or engineering and provide $6,000 to be used for tuition, books and fees, or living expences. Melissa's research focuses on biochemical responses of plants to space flight, including applications involving engineering payload design.

 

2002: Tom Hatfield, aerospace Ph.D. student, was awarded a NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program (GSRP) fellowship from the Johnson Space Center. His thesis involves using quantitative ultrasound technology to study the effects of space flight on bone and muscle physiology.

 

2002: Jim Russell, aerospace Ph.D. student, was awarded the AIAA Foundation Graduate Award for his research involving biomass monitoring under the simulated microgravity conditions achieved in a Rotating Wall Vessel (RWV) Bioreactor. The award provides $5000 for research support and a travel stipend to attend the 41st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting in Reno NV, January 2003.

 

2002: Travis Liggett, who is working on a research project under the McNair Scholars Program, was awarded a Beverly Sears Graduate Student Grant. The Beverly Sears Grant provides a stipend of $995 to be used towards expenses incurred in his research involving vibramyography techniques for mitigating bone loss in astronauts.

 

2002: Mike Benoit, aerospace Ph.D student, was awarded a NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program (GSRP) Fellowship through the John H. Glenn Research Center. His thesis involves application of engineering numerical modeling techniques to problems pertaining to gravitational biology.

 

2002: Ken Stroud received a NASA Graduate Student Researcher Program (GSRP) Fellowship from the Johnson Space Center. His thesis work involves studying how the neurovestibular system responds to space flight and developing countermeasures to help minimize the consequential detrimental impact to crew health and performance.

 

2002: Ken Stroud was selected as this year's recipient of the AIAA Willy Z. Sadeh Award in Space Sciences and Space Engineering. The Sadeh Award provides a $5,000 grant for graduate research, plus a travel stipend to attend the AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting in Reno, Nevada in January 2003, and the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Congress in October 2003 to be held in Bremen, Germany.

 

2002: Kirsten G. Carpenter, Aerospace M.S. student, awarded the NASA Special Achievement Award because "Kirsten Carpenter has done an outstanding job supporting the Cargo Integration and Operations Branch (DO5) by demonstrating exceptional initiative and integration skills ...." Kirsten joined NASA Johnson Space Center as a permanent employee in the same branch after her graduation.

 

2002: AES Seniors Bob Gjestvang, Aaron Frey, Ryan Ries, Colleen Higgans, Kate Atkinson, Sara Lewandowski, Shawn Bockstahler and PhD student Jim Clawson, advised by Professor Klaus, received 1st place in the NASA MarsPort Student Design Competition held at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.