Tag: NASA

Auburn’s first Astronaut Scholar

Aerospace engineering senior Mike Wietstruk is the first Auburn University student to receive the merit-based scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation and was one of 50 students from 36 universities across the nation to be awarded. Along with receiving the prestigious award, he also became a member of the Astronaut Scholar Honor Society. The Astronaut…




Distinguished woman

Jennifer Kunz, ‘90 industrial and systems engineering, was awarded NASA’s Distinguished Service Medal by NASA administrator Charles Bolden in June. The Distinguished Service Medal is the highest award presented to a NASA civilian employee and was given in recognition of service in supporting the human exploration and operations missions. Kunz is the deputy manager of…




May the diploma be with you

Auburn alumnus and director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center Todd May was the guest speaker at Auburn University’s summer graduation ceremonies. May, ’90 materials engineering, joined NASA in 1991 and was appointed to his current position with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in February. He was named the Distinguished Auburn Engineer in 2012 and…




5 minutes with Todd May

  A veteran NASA program manager, Todd May was named director of the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, in February of this year. As one of the space agency’s largest field installations, the center employs some 6,000 workers in various capacities. May also served as manager of the Space Launch System for a…




Have a seat . . . in space

Auburn Engineering’s influence expands beyond the borders of Alabama, and even the country. David Brown, a doctoral student at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia, is using research and technical documents from aerospace engineering students and Auburn alumnus and “Auburnaut” Jim Voss, ’72 aerospace engineering, that were used to develop a next-generation space seat at Auburn…




Low gravity thirst

Auburn alumnus and Gadsden State student Steven Martinez, ’11 aerospace engineering, is making headway in the electronics engineering world as the team leader for a NASA experiment. The Zero-G plane team of Gadsden State’s electronics engineering program has been selected to perform tests relating to potable water on longterm space flights. The experiment will monitor…