In April, the Space Technology and Engineering team celebrated the successful launch of Cygnus spacecraft carrying their space crystals experiment. Here's your chance to get to know our 2018-19 Space Technology and Engineering team members:
Born in Sydney, Australia. Junior Jay Aldritt has been attracted to aeronautical engineering and aviation at a young age. As a kid, he enjoyed studying the mechanics of airplanes with his dad as a hobby. His main appeal to the course for this year was having the ability to further his understanding in space mechanics and engineering. In his free time, Aldritt can be found watching sports, playing rugby, or rewatching episodes of The Office which he has already seen a dozen times.
Born in New Jersey, United States. Junior at Singapore American school, Sheikh at a young age showed interest in mechanical engineering. He is a very hands-on person and built objects to help understand the way things work. He grew up in a house where his father was a mechanical and electrical engineer. This allowed Sheikh to learn about the physics of how everyday things work. His curiosity for more knowledge led him to study aeronautical engineering, which was what prompted him to take the Engineering and Space Technology course at SAS.
Born in Washington DC. Dhruv Nambiar is no stranger to the sciences. Growing up in a household with his dad an engineer and grandmother a chemistry teacher, his interests overtly tend toward science. This was evident in his choice of junior year classes of which four were science classes. He signed up for Engineering and Space Technology mainly due to its hands-on nature, unlike most AP science classes. In his free time, if he’s not building robots, he’s probably watching shows like Yes Minister.
Junior Jessie Hong is from Korea. While Hong has always shown a keen interest in making, building, and testing out new things, it wasn’t until her father gave her Carl Sagan’s Cosmos to read that she began to consider a career in the space engineering (or the sciences in general) in earnest. While the theory is important (she learns a lot of theory both in and out of classes), Hong thought that experience in scientific designs and experiment related to space would enrich her learning opportunities and expose her more to what many scientists and engineers do.
Sophomore, Sia Sharma, has been a fan of space-related engineering from a young age when she would make airplane models with her brother. She has grown up with cosmos books and television shows in Singapore and has always had an interest in electronic aerophysics. Sharma took this course because she believed it would help her understand how engineering jobs in space look like and enhance her science knowledge from something other than biology or chemistry. During her free time, she can be seen eating Chipotle, playing badminton, or watching Brooklyn 99.
At an early age, Aditya Chatterjee was exposed to the world of science by his family—grandfather and uncle were civil and nanotech engineers respectively. Chatterjee is passionate about engineering, especially automotive. He followed his curiosity of science through books, movies, games, and more. He signed up for Engineering and Space Technolgy after being recommended by his biology teacher Mr. Dan Chassagne and chemistry teacher Ms. Meredith White. In his free time, Chatterjee reads about current events and technology, participates in mixed martial arts, and cooks breakfast without his mother’s help.
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- space lab
- space technology