My name is Carter McIver, I am currently a Junior at MSU in the Mechanical Engineering program. I am originally from New York. I enjoy skiing and mountain biking in my free time. I worked this past year in the BOREALIS lab creating an instructional manual for setting up and operating the ground station. I also, worked on designing and prototyping cases for a few electronics. This summer I will continue to work on designing new parts and maintaining our system for the full solar eclipse launch.
I am a PhD candidate in Geology at Montana State University, focused on Quaternary and process geomorphology, stratigraphy, and sedimentology of alluvial fans. I am working on my dissertation in the high desert of southern Colorado's San Luis Valley. My field-based research, sponsored partially through the USGS and NASA's Montana Space Grant Consortium Fellowship, will lead to a greater understanding of land forming and modifying processes, with auxiliary contribution to the improvement of hazard mitigation for applicable environments. Beyond insight to Earth surfaces processes, my research can be used as an Earth analogue for similar Martian landscapes.
My name is Ayla Grandpre and I am a current senior at Rocky Mountain College double majoring in Computer Science and Chemistry with minors in Physics and Mathematics. During my time at Rocky I have had the privilege to work with the Montana Space Grant Consortium on several different occasions. An internship with the Space Science Engineering Laboratory in Bozeman (2016) helping to construct the battery pack, a MSGC scholarship, attending the MSGC Student Research Symposium, and exciting the future generation in Montana about space and NASA through the Space Public Outreach Team in the Billings area. As a child growing up in Laurel, Montana I always loved the stars, and that love developed into a desire to work for NASA. The MSGC has indirectly influenced me by helping our Rocky AGAR research team send a payload to the International Space Station (2014-2016), and inspired me to apply and obtain an internship with the Veggie team at NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida, data mining and growing fresh crops for astronauts’ supplemental dietary needs (2017). My dreams have become reality, and the support, inspiration, and guidance of the MSGC has helped lead the way. Now I hope to obtain a masters at CU Boulder in Aerospace Engineering focus on Bioastronautics (life support systems), and then go for a PhD in Astrophysics at Arizona State University. Doing research to help better long duration space missions for NASA is my end goal.
I am a junior at University of Montana Western studying mathematics and business. Montana Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) opened many doors for me in my educational and professional career and provided funding for my summer 2017 internship. During the summer of 2017, I was the engineering development program evaluation data analysis intern for the Engineering Directorate at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland where I developed MATLAB functions to analyze participant response data from two in-house technical training programs. The MATLAB functions illustrated program findings using box plots, bar graphs, and heat maps in a fraction of the time required previously. Because of the speed of analysis, the evaluator was able to make program recommendations faster. This increased efficiency and allowed the developmental team to respond to the evaluator’s recommendations more quickly, often before the next training so that more of the expected outcomes could be met. At the end of my summer internship, I was offered an opportunity to continue working with my team at NASA Goddard. I would not have this opportunity without being a member of MSGC. The picture is me and my mentors from Goddard at the summer intern poster session. The far left in all black is Geraldine Robbins, the middle is Becky Derro, and the far right is Baleigh Doyle.
For as long as I can remember, I have been captivated by images of space. My goal is to combine my love of space science and my degree in Industrial Engineering to work in engineering management in the aerospace industry. My name is Romy Beigel and I am a student member of the Society of Women Engineers, the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, Alpha Pi Mu, and the Industrial Engineering Honors society. By far, my favorite college extracurricular activity has been working with MSGC’s Space Public Outreach Team, as a presenter in 2016 and as assistant manager last year. Currently, I work in the Space Science & Engineering Lab at MSU updating the IT-SPINS schedule as well as developing and running comprehensive tests after environmental testing.
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.