My name is Nichole Murray, a senior at MSU majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Aerospace engineering. I grew up moving around the world with my family starting 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 have been pursuing my degree for two years now and I am in the middle of my second internship with BOREALIS. Every day I am privileged with learning something new, whether it is a new skill set or an interesting fact. I am ecstatic about being able to gain experience and acquire new knowledge with all the opportunities BOREALIS and Montana Space Grant have provided me with leaving the possibilities endless. Over the years I have been a part of many engineering competitions, for example, I was a member of a student spectrograph team called Redshift. We won the Civility Award and Best Design Award at the National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition held at Montana State University in May 2013. Outside of work and school I participate in countless activities and events. For example, I love to run, partake in Pink Gloves boxing, play soccer, basketball, hike, camp, go on mission trips, travel, and spend time with family and friends.
I am from Brazil, and a Junior in Computer Engineering. I spent a year studying at Montana State University due an exchange program supported by the Brazilian government. During the 2014 summer, I had the chance to put my hands on different types of electronic and software projects. My project was develop a way to take pictures from the near space and send them back in real time to a ground station. To do that, I used a Raspberry Pi, that is basically a mini computer with a Hi-Resolution camera and a RF modem to do the connection between the Pi and the ground station. As a result, we were able to take and send the pictures back from 93,000 ft . I’m really happy to had have the chance to work with these guys, I learned a lot with them. After this is internship, I’m sure that I chose the correct major for my future, and that space research is field of work that I should be in.
For my whole childhood I grew up in the small town of Ronan MT. I first attended the University of Montana after graduating high school under Pre-Engineering since I didn’t know which field I wanted to go into at the time. It was during this time one of my lab professors Jennifer Fowler introduced me to MSGC and Borealis and offered me the opportunity of working with them in the summer of 2013. I had a great time there while learning some new skills so after I transferred to MSU under Mechanical Engineering, I immediately started attending the Borealis meetings and was again give the awesome opportunity of working with Borealis in the summer of 2014. My main focus this summer is 3D printer operation, Payload Container fabrication, and constructing the new SPOT ball. Likes: Weightlifting and Gaming Dislikes: Cilantro and People that walk slow
I can be summarized pretty easily: I love my math, my music, and my reading. I was raised as a homeschooled student in Helena, MT. When I was a high school junior I began taking a few classes at the local college, Carroll College. I fell in love with the academics and the professors, and at Carroll pursuing a math major and physics minor (possibly double major). I heard about the BOREALIS program from my adviser and physics professor, and he encouraged me to apply. When I was accepted I was really excited to learn in a hands-on environment and was looking forward to applying my math skills. I ended up doing all these things and more. My main project was working with a fellow intern, Nichole Murray, on designing an in-flight balloon descent prediction program. With all the mistakes, laughs, and successes, it was an absolutely fun and incredible summer!
I am a native of Bozeman, and I love the outdoors and living here. I am married and attend school with my wife. I had the privilege to be a BOREALIS Intern. In the summer of 2010 I interned with BOREALIS and then the majority of the preceding three years I was away living in Japan. I was an exchange student for six months and then served as a missionary there for the following two years. During that time I gained valuable life experience. I learned from people of all different backgrounds and ethnicity, as well as gained fluency in Japanese. In the fall of 2013 I returned to Montana State University to continue my studies in the electrical engineering department as a junior. I reestablished my connection with BOREALIS and was very excited to intern. I love being a part of BOREALIS and am thankful for all of the opportunities to get some real engineering experience.
I am a student at Carroll College majoring in Engineering Science with minors in Physics, Math and Theatre. Space Science and Aerospace Engineering have been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. Montana Space Grant Consortium is where I found my opportunity to explore and take part in space technology. Because of my Space Science and Engineering Laboratory internship at MSU in 2014, I received multiple internship offers from companies like Lockheed Martin, Disney, and Boeing in 2015. I decided to choose a research and development internship at PROOF research where I worked on developing weapons for the military. I did things like testing thermal exhaustion and accuracy on carbon fiber wrapped barrels, I also developed a miniature data logger for competition rifles and researched long range ballistics. Without MSGC, I would not have had opportunities that were available to me in the last couple years.
Hello everyone! My name is Shelby Mallin and I am a mechanical engineer at Montana Tech in Butte, America. I was born and raised in Lolo, MT and have always loved the outdoors and western lifestyle. I started working for MSGC back in the summer of 2014 where I met amazing people and had some great experience building an AirCore that measures carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere. MSGC also funded me to attend NASA Ames Research Center for an internship this past summer where I had the opportunity to work on helicopters and fly my very own plane. I hope to continue my advancements with MSGC and my education at Montana Tech where I will be graduating this spring with honors. During my final year at Tech, I hope to find a permanent career in the aviation or aerospace industry and meeting more incredible people along the way.
My name is Victoria Kong and I am a sophomore at Carroll College. My research this summer was focused on perfecting a screen-printing technique for the metal-oxide thin films on a glass substrate used with the SHArK kit. I am working towards a Biology Major and a Combined Fine Arts Minor in both music and studio art. I was born in a suburb outside of Portland, Oregon and went to Lake Oswego High School. When I am not working on schoolwork, I like to draw and paint in my free time. In particular, I like to focus on working towards creating photorealistic drawings. I also like hiking and soaking in the sunshine—it’s even better when I can find a good place to sit and paint the scenery around me!
I am originally from Florida and spent 5 years in the Marine Corps which took me to California, North Carolina, Afghanistan and back. After the military I decided I wanted even more of a challenge so I decided to come to the University of Montana (GO GRIZ!) and major in physics. I am currently researching atomic physics and radio astronomy (personal research) as well as assisting with observational labs for astronomy classes and doing puplic outreach through MSGC's Space Public Outreach Team. MSGC has been a well placed stepping stone for me because it has given me a chance to present to the public about space and wonders it holds. I'd have to say my best experience so far as a SPOT presenter was getting the chance to present for two nights in Yellowstone National Park to not only Montana residents, but to people around the world. My future goals are always up in the air, but I would like to head to grad school and study particle and atomic physics or do work with lasers, but I have plenty of time to think about it.
Hi! I'm John Little. I'm a Bozeman native although I went to high school in Massachusetts. I am currently working within the Space Public Outreach Team as a presenter giving presentations to K-12 students throughout Montana and within Montana Space Grant's high altitude ballooning program, BORREALIS. Right now I'm building foam payload boxes and mechanisms on the tracking payload communication dish. My dream is to be the first human on Mars, but these are the baby steps I am taking for now!