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My name is Nichole Murray, a junior at Montana State University majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Aerospace engineering. I grew up moving around the world with my family from Montana, living with the polar bears in the Arctic region of Alaska, exploring the European continent to watching monkeys swing from trees in Central America. I was a member of a student spectrograph team called Redshift. We won the Civility Award and Best Design Build Award at the National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition held at Montana State University in May 2013. I have been involved with many activities, for instance, leading a team of female engineers, from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, to the ESRA rocket competition in June 2012, where we placed second in the competition. When I am not at work or school, I love to run, play soccer, basketball, hike, camp and spend time with family and friends.
Andrew grew up in Montana, playing the classical violin in symphonies while going to school. After high school he spent ten years as a professional snowboarder competing in the X Games, World Cups, and filming for feature snowboard films and video games. In 2008, Andrew enrolled in a pre-engineering program at Flathead Valley Community College (FVCC) to study mechanical engineering. At FVCC he competed in a nationwide NASA competition, National Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS), designing a theoretical Mars rover mission. His design qualified him for a trip to NASA's Johnson Space Center where he lead his team to first place in competition. Andrew was offered a mechanical engineering internship at NASA¹s Jet Propulsion Laboratory JPL in 2011, and on the side he started an educational blog called ³Earth to Intern²:
At MSU Bozeman I am a fourth year mechanical engineering major converted from physics. I am especially interested in learning about effective leadership, science education, technical communication, and design efficiency. I am a leader in the science education group the Space Public Outreach Team where I manage club finances, social gatherings and am the Race Director for SPOT’s new 5k Space Race. Most recently I am working with BOREALIS developing a stabilized, controllable camera platform on a tethered blimp for aerial video recording. In my free time I strive to better my skills in the great Montana outdoors as a sport climber, ice climber, downhill skier, nordic skier, and caver.
I grew up in Miles City, Montana. I found my love of electronics in the Navy, where I was a calibration technician for 5 1/2 years. I decided to further my understanding of electronics and measurement science, and so I started studying Electrical Engineering at Montana State University. I first started getting involved in BOREALIS the fall of 2010. The thought of sending experiments to near-space intrigued me. Space has always been some sort of mystical place for me. Being able to measure and quantify the universe in some small way has an unbelievable draw. After going on my first flight, I was hooked. BOREALIS really opened my eyes to space, and I am interested in someday working for an aerospace company involved in space exploration. I am working as a BOREALIS intern, with a focus on a timer-controlled cut down system.
A senior in Montana State University's mechanical engineering program, I enjoy all sorts of engineering tasks and challenges. As a member of BOREALIS, I have been able to explore my hobbies of electronics and microcontroller programming along with projects pertaining to my educational background in mechanics. I have built systems to measure and record temperature and pressure, log GPS data, and autonomously control balloon accent rate. BOREALIS has been a great experience, where I've gained volumes of knowledge and experience through hands on learning.
I was born and raised in Seattle, WA and decided after graduation to come to Montana State to study Electrical Engineering. Anything electrical or computer involved has always interested me and I wanted to learn more about it so I could make it a career. I first got involved with Borealis Spring '12 because like electronics, space has also always intrigued me and I wanted to join the Borealis internship because there just wasn't enough time during the school year to work on projects for the balloons to take up. I hope to make some improvements that will continue to be used with the balloon launches long after I have left Montana State.
Scott is a sophomore in the Computer Engineering program at Montana State University. A native to Montana, Scott was raised in rural Creston, Montana on his parent’s sheep farm. From an early age he was interested in all aspects of technology from robotics to space travel. Prior to coming to MSU, Scott worked as an IT professional after graduating from Flathead Valley Community College with an associate’s degree in information technology. Scott has enjoyed working in MSU’s electronics and digital logic labs, and recently accepted the "Best Spectrograph Design" award with his team at the National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition. In his free time Scott enjoys flying remote control aircraft, mountain biking, kayaking, video and board gaming, target shooting and researching the latest technology developments.
I am from Great Falls, MT and a Junior in the Mechanical Engineering program at Montana State University. I was Introduced to BOREALIS the beginning of my sophomore year. Since then I have been privileged to work as an intern for two summers, speak at a research symposium, participate in numerous space research outreach events, and compete in the National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition. When I started my undergraduate degree at MSU, I was not sure exactly which field of Mechanical Engineering I would pursue. After two years with BOREALIS, I am convinced that a space research career is where I belong.