Current students (2018 -)
Congratulations to our current scholarship recipients at Purdue University:
Jennifer Pouplin (2017-2018)
Jennifer is currently a PhD student in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in France, and has interned with the German Aerospace Center as well as with Airbus (France). From Jennifer: "As a PhD student at Purdue University, I have been working on laser sailing. Laser sailing is a novel and exiting propulsion method that propels a spacecraft, theoretically up to relativistic speed, without the need for an on-board propulsion system, but rather a large sail that collects photonic energy coming from a laser beam. I hope to contribute to planetary mission design after I finish my degree to expand our current scientific knowledge of our planetary system, but also our galaxy. I would like to thank the Andromeda Movement for supporting me towards those goals and contribute to space exploration."
Steve Zusack (2017-2018)
Steve is currently a Master's student in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from IUPUI, and has interned with NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama, and the NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia. From Steve: "My research has taken me through mechanical design, materials science, additive manufacturing (3D printing), human-robotic interaction, systems engineering, and mission architecture. Currently, I am part of a research group analyzing the development and operations of systems that would allow humans to travel to the Moon and Mars. I hope to continue with large scale systems engineering and mission architecture and analysis after I finish my degree. However, no matter where I find myself, I believe I have gained the knowledge necessary to make a difference in this incredibly complex field and help expand humanity beyond Earth."
Ashwati Das (2015-2016)
Ashwati is currently a PhD student in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University.
From Ash, "My research interest is in alternative propulsion methods for space exploration in multi-body regimes, in particular solar sails and hybrid (low/high) thrust propulsion. Some of these interests were kindled during my internship at NASA JPL, and I am looking forward to more exciting work with them. I aspire to make significant contributions to the growth and direction of the space industry. As I work towards this goal by building experience and knowledge in graduate school, I am very grateful to the Andromeda Movement Organization. Their support has helped me maintain focus on my classes/research and has allowed me the time and ability to pursue extra-curricular projects which has nurtured my personal development and leadership skills. To know that there are people and organizations willing to support and encourage students like myself who are passionate about space exploration is very re-assuring and adds even more meaning to all my efforts."
Michael graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Aeronautical & Astronautical engineering. During his undergraduate studies Michael interned with NASA at the Johnson Space Center, where he worked on propulsion and spacecraft design. He is currently pursuing his master's degree in nuclear engineering from Purdue and later hopes to return to NASA to work on nuclear propulsion technologies. From Michael, "I was able to have all of these experiences thanks to the Andromeda Movement. The Andromeda Movement allowed me to focus primarily on my studies by relieving the the financial burden of attending college."
"The scholarship was a blessing for me in that it allowed me to pursue my Astronautical Engineering degree at Purdue University. I wouldn't be where I am today without Purdue, and I wouldn't have been able to be so successful at Purdue without the Andromeda Movement scholarship. The scholarship allowed me to focus on important projects such as design of a lunar rover and deployment system, which my team presented to the deputy administrator of NASA in 2009. It is a lifelong goal of mine to further space exploration in any way possible, and the Andromeda Movement was crucial in helping me achieve the early stages of that goal."
Jeffrey A. Stuart
Geoffrey R. Brueggen