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Jeff Wheeler, 2006 Space Grant Intern

Jeff Wheeler, 2006 Space Grant Intern

Jeff Wheeler is currently a Product Manager at PLEXSYS Interface Products in Camas, WA.  Jeff was a 2006 Space Grant student with the ASCEND! program while obtaining his Electrical Engineer degree. While at NAU, Jeff also was a 4 year starter on the NAU football team and a 3 time Western Regional qualifier for the NAU Track and Field team throwing the javelin. After graduating from NAU, Jeff utilized his degree working as both a Hardware and Software Engineer for WaferTech and Rockwell Collins before moving to PLEXSYS. While at Rockwell Collins, Jeff worked on Enhanced Vision System integration on... Read more

Eric MacLennan, 2010 Space Grant Intern

Eric MacLennan is a PhD student in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN. After his Space Grant internship in the 2010-2011 academic year he was awarded a summer internship position at the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii, through the National Science Foundation's Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. His REU experience led him to become interested in studying asteroids. After graduating NAU in 2012 he became a graduate student in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he is currently working towards his... Read more

Dr. Gary Miller, 1998 Space Grant Intern

Dr. Gary Miller, 1998 Space Grant Intern

Dr. Gary A. Miller is a Research Physicist at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC. He received a merged B.S. degree in physics and astronomy from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ in 1998. In 2001, he was awarded a M.S. degree in optics from The Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. In 2001, he left Rochester to finish his doctoral research at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC. In 2005, he completed his Ph.D. with The Institute of Optics, studying the fabrication, modeling, and photosensitivity mechanisms of post-exposed fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs).... Read more

Bryan LaBore, 2009 Space Grant Intern

Bryan LaBore, 2009 Space Grant Intern

Bryan was a Space Grant intern during the 2009-2010 school year and graduated from NAU in the spring of 2011 with a B.S. in Biomedical Science. After graduation, he enrolled in the University of Minnesota School of Public Health for two years and obtained a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology in 2013. His research at UMN looked at possible associations between various types of gastroesophageal adenocarcinoma and potential risk factors such as diabetes, obesity, increased waist-to-hip ratio, and increased waist circumference in a population of post-menopausal women. Bryan’s interests in graduate school also involved health care policy and infectious... Read more

Astrogeology Video by Kent Wagner

Check out this very well made video on astrogeology by 2012 NAU Space Grant Intern Kent Wagner! Read more

John Zanazzi, 2009 Space Grant Intern

John Zanazzi, 2009 Space Grant Intern

John Zanazzi is a senior triple major in physics, astronomy, and math, and takes approximately 18 credit hours per semester and is involved in both the Society for Physics Students and the Astronomy Club.

Along with university research (including a 2009 NASA Space Grant internship), Zanazzi also took part in opportunities off campus through the National Science Foundation (NSF), which helped pave the way for his work with Research Experiences for Undergraduates. This program allows students to conduct research in their areas of interest at several different institutions over the summer. During three separate trips,... Read more

Stargazer Program Opens New Horizons for Alaskan Student

Stargazer Program Opens New Horizons for Alaskan Student

Adam Nanouk travelled a great distance this summer--both physically and intellectually. His first trip away from his remote Alaskan village on the Bering Sea, took him all the way to Arizona to participate in Stargazer, a one-of-a-kind educational program for Native American high schoolers. Sponsored by the Space Grant Program at Northern Arizona University, Stargazer teams students with Ph.D. astronomers from Dinè (Tribal) College, Northern Arizona University, NASA scientists, and others, for an exciting week-long introduction to astronomy. News of Adam's acceptance to Stargazer stirred a great deal of excitement in his community--virtually everyone in the surrounding area attended his... Read more

Gregory Mace, 2007 Space Grant Intern, 2008 NAU Grad

2007 NAU Space Grant Astronomy Intern Gregory Mace Takes Passion for Astronomy and Outreach to UCLA

While a student at NAU, Dr. Gregory Mace participated in two Space Grant Internships. He worked closely with Dr. Lisa Prato at Lowell Observatory to study young, low-mass stars. This work combined almost 20 years of astronomical observations and resulted in two published papers that reveal the gravitational interactions in two- and three-star systems.

Dr. Mace earned his Ph.D. from UC Los Angeles in 2014. As a member of the UCLA Infrared Laboratory he assembled, modified, and tested MOSFIRE (the Multi-Object Spectrometer for Infra-Red Exploration).

This state-of-the-art Cassegrain instrument on the Keck I telescope allows astronomers to observe up... Read more

Joshua A. John, 2003 Space Grant Intern, 2005 NAU Grad

Joshua A. John, 2003 Space Grant Intern, 2005 NAU Grad

I currently work on the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) program that is part of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system that is a segment of the U.S. missile defense system. The EKV is a vehicle that is carried upon a Boeing built booster and launched to intercept incoming ballistic missiles against the US or its allies.  I am a team member on a group called the Operations Test and Evaluation team. Our main task is to plan, execute, and analyze tests that are associated with the development of the EKV and GMD system, primarily flight and ground tests. I started... Read more

Mike Thomson, 2007 Space Grant Intern

Mike Thomson, 2007 Space Grant Intern

Mike Thomson, Space Grant Intern 2007-08, worked at General Dynamics C4 Systems until 2013 to help create the fastest military-grade data encryption devices in the world. During that time, he also attended Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which culminated with a Master's degree from Harvard. Mike is now pursuing a Ph.D. in computer architecture and embedded processing from the University of Texas at Austin. His academic research, with his advisor Dr. Derek Chiou, is currently focused on methods for achieving many orders of magnitude speedup in the simulation of complex microprocessors. This simulation speedup is obtained by developing a... Read more

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