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MSGC Student Research Symposium

2016 Student Achievement Award Winners:

John Ryter, Montana State University

John is currently pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with minors in mechatronics and German at Montana State University in addition to research activites. During this time he has always been able to find the right equilibrium between classroom and research activity, while successfully completing multiple tasks with favorable results, despite deadline pressures. His research effort has resulted in an oral presentation at the national Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR 2015) and in a paper, currently under preparation, with John as leading author, entitled “Fundamental Investigation of Laves Phase on the Hydrogen Transport in Ferritic Stainless Steel for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Interconnect Applications”. John is currently using the knowledge acquired in the fuel cell field to lead an international research collaboration with Institute of Nuclear Energy Research in Taiwan and the National Research Council in Italy, to investigate the corrosion of electroless nickel-plated ferritic stainless steel for solid oxide fuel cell interconnect materials.

Dylan Trafford, Montana State University

Dylan hit the ground running in the BOREALIS program in 2014 and has been a key member ever since. He was a 2015 summer BOREALIS intern and became an apprentice during the 2015-2016 school year. Dylan is also a key member of the 2017 Eclipse Common Payload Design Team and has contributed to every system used in this payload that will be distributed to teams across the US for use during the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse. Dylan is quick to grasp new ideas and strategies for improving all of the systems.

Conner Julien, Montana State University

For the past decade the LaMeres research team has been developing a radiation tolerant computer system under funding from NASA and the MSGC. 2016 represents a culmination of their efforts in the form of two high profile flight demonstrations. In March, this computer was flown on a Terrior-Improved Orion sounding rocket out of the NASA Wallops Flight Facility to an altitude of 500,000 ft. In April, this computer will be delivered to NASA for a summer launch to the International Space Station where it will undergo a 6 month test. Connor joined the research team in the summer of 2015 and inherited this technology as the ONLY graduate student working on the computer system. In Fall-15, Connor embraced this responsibility without complaint and went on to design a new battery system, fix a power regulation system, debug a data logging system, and assemble the payloads for the two separate flight campaigns. Connor’s Fall-15 semester alone is worthy of commendation, however, his Spring-16 semester is one for the record books. Connor spent 17 days at the Wallops Flight Facility during the Spring-16 semester getting the computer ready for its sounding rocket demonstration.

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