College Engineering student David Alvarez was selected to travel to NASA’s
Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas this past April to participate in the
NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars project (NCAS). David was selected as
one of 240 community college students from across the U.S. to be part of NCAS.
five-week scholars program culminated with a three-day on-site event at Johnson
Space Center and offered students the opportunity to interact with NASA engineers
and others as they learned about careers in Science and Engineering. While at
NASA, students formed teams and established fictional companies interested in
Mars exploration. Each team was responsible for developing and testing a
prototype rover, forming a company infrastructure, managing a budget, and
developing communications and outreach.
on-site experience at NASA included a tour of facilities and briefings by NASA
subject matter experts. NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars is a project funded
in part by the Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP,
which is committed to the recruitment of underrepresented and underserved
students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to sustain
a diverse workforce.
David works as a tutor in the STEM Center in the courses of Physics, Engineering,
Statics and Dynamics. He is a member of the Society of Hispanic and
Professional Engineers (SHPE) and plans to transfer to San Jose State as an
Aerospace Engineering major this Fall.
**David is pictured on the top row, second from the right.**