Missouri S&T will host the upcoming annual conference of the NASA-Missouri Space Grant Consortium (MOSGC). The two-day event showcases research in fields of interest to NASA by students at all four UM System campuses, Missouri State University, Lincoln University, Washington University, Truman State University and Saint Louis University. There will also be participants from Metropolitan Community College and Moberly Area Community College.
The meeting will be held April 26-27, on the Missouri S&T campus. More than 100 students and faculty will attend the event, which highlights a variety of podium and poster presentations from individual students as well as student design teams.
In the absence of a NASA center in Missouri, MOSGC strives to promote the interests of NASA through many forms of financial aid that will help with space-related science and engineering workforce development to meet NASA’s current and future needs in aeronautics and space exploration.
The consortium provides funds for NASA Center Internships for undergraduate and graduate students in STEM areas; on-campus fellowships, scholarships, assistantships and internships; and sponsors K-12 pre-college education and general public education programs.
The mission of the MOSGC is “to inspire, motivate, recruit, educate and train all students at all academic levels to help meet Missouri’s and NASA’s need for skilled, knowledgeable, diverse and high-performing professional scientists, engineers, technologists and educators in the fields of interest to NASA.”
The MOSGC was established in 1991 and is sponsored by the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, a part of NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement. Missouri S&T was designated the lead institution in 1996 and has held annual meetings on campus continuously since 2012.
“It is a great opportunity for students from all over Missouri to present their exciting research and development and outreach work and learn from each other,” says Dr. S. N. Balakrishnan, Curators’ Distinguished Professor of aerospace engineering and director of the consortium executive board. “They go back quite impressed with the exposure to the diversity of projects and programs.”
For more information about the MOSGC, visit web.mst.edu/~spaceg/ or contact Dr. Stephen Haug, program manager of MOSGC at S&T at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following S&T students will be presenting:
Jacey Allen, a senior in aerospace engineering from Roanoke, Texas
Usman Bajwa, a senior in aerospace engineering from Wildwood, Missouri
Jonas Buxton, a senior in physics from Lake St. Louis, Missouri
Amy Costa, a junior in psychology from Bridgeton, Missouri
Ryan Dover, a senior in aerospace engineering from Independence, Missouri
Amanda Duerden, a graduate student in chemistry from Phillipsburg, Missouri
Kayla Ford, a senior in aerospace engineering from Kansas City, Missouri
Max Geiger, a senior in aerospace engineering from Sandy, Utah
Caleb Graham, a senior in mechanical engineering from Springfield, Missouri
Evan Guyett, a senior in mechanical engineering from Plattsburg, Missouri
Annika Highley, a senior in aerospace engineering from Little Rock, Arkansas
Barry Holland, a senior in aerospace engineering from Rolla, Missouri
Donnita Johnson, a senior in mechanical engineering from Hermann, Missouri
David Lund, a senior in mechanical engineering from St. Robert, Missouri
Andy Manson, a senior in aerospace engineering from Barnhart, Missouri
Nick McCracken, a senior in mechanical engineering from Independence, Missouri
Piotr Pogorzelski, a senior in computer engineering from St. Peter’s, Missouri
Andrew Rausch, a senior in mechanical engineering from Monett, Missouri
Stephen Rippee, a sophomore in aerospace engineering from Kansas City, Missouri
Joe Schulte, a junior in computer engineering from Meta, Missouri
Joshua Sparks, a senior in mechanical engineering from Liberty, Missouri
Alex Strenfel, a graduate student in aerospace engineering from Ellington, Missouri
Tea Thomas, a junior in business and management systems from Lee’s Summit, Missouri
Logan Thomure, a senior in aerospace engineering from Wentzville, Missouri
David Western, a senior in aerospace engineering from Rochester, Illinois
Thomas Ziervogel, a senior in aerospace engineering from Columbia, Missouri.