The annual publication of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation highlighting astronaut and scholar achievements, supporters and events of 2015 and upcoming 2016 "spacetacular" events.
Astronaut Scholars hail from a large variety of STEM disciplines, and there’s no greater opportunity to see how they’ve put their knowledge to use than the Foundation’s yearly Scholar Technical Conference. On May 30, ASF hosted its 2015 Scholar Technical Conference in the breezeway at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. More than two dozen Scholar alumni presented their latest research projects and fielded questions from a captivated audience, including distinguished veteran astronauts.
As one of the nation's largest STEM focused non-profit scholarship programs, the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation is turning big dreams into reality. The combined accomplishments of the Astronaut Scholars are astounding. See for yourself how the Astronaut Scholars are making an impact on the technological innovations in health care, energy, defense, aerospace and homeland security.
DEGREE: Aerospace Engineering CURRENTLY: Building spacecrafts FIELD: Aerospace The AsiaSat 8 Team (Derek is the last person on the right in the front row, wearing a brown smock) 1996- 1998 DEREK L. DEREK L. “Receiving the Astronaut Scholarship meant being able to overcome the scary proposition of giving up a full-time job to go back to school for the longer term investment. Being part of ASF and having a connection with the astronauts provided a bridge from a proud history of space to the future opportunities in space.” Derek helped to build the AsiaSat 8 spacecraft and AsiaSat 6 which launched in 2014 from Cape Canaveral and will operate out of Hong Kong, providing telecommunications services in Asia. Derek is currently serving on the Judging Panel for the Google Lunar X-Prize, a worldwide competition for private teams to land and operate a vehicle on the moon.