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TCC Students Intern at NASA


STUDYING SCIENCE: From left, David Nnaji, Tiffany Verlander, Robin Blanchard and Scott Walker recently began a prestigious summer internship program at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.



Four Tulsa Community College students and recent graduates are spending their summer as part of a prestigious internship program at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
Students David Nnaji, Robin Blanchard and Scott Walker will spend 10 weeks working in labs and conducting research. In addition, Tiffany Verlander, who was a JPL intern last summer, returns for a paid JPL internship.

The students were selected through a competitive process by a team of TCC STEM faculty and JPL mentors.

Walker is majoring in mechanical engineering. Nnaji graduated in May with two associate degrees in physics and math. Blanchard graduated in May with an associate degree in chemistry. Verlander is majoring in environmental studies.

Nnaji and Walker will work with robotics in areas such as pop-up robots, wall-climbing robots, tensegrity landers and a novel snow mobility system, which they will be in charge of completing.

Blanchard will look for bio signatures or signs of life and the precursors related to the exploration of icy bodies, such as Jupiter’s moon Europa and Saturn’s moon Enceladus.
Verlander will use geographic information systems to help map the images of the terrain of Titan, the largest moon of Saturn.

Updated 06-17-2017

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