Dennis Gosnell, Assignment Editor
It is often said that the future is held in the hands of the youth, and for a country to thrive the youth of that nation must be educated and have the know-how to continue moving their nation forward. Miles Garcia, resident of Oklahoma and student at Rose State College, is one such youth.
Garcia’s dream of a bright future began to blossom into a reality. He was selected for a national mathematics, engineering, science, and computer science program put on by NASA called the National Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS).
What sets Garcia apart from most community college students in Oklahoma is that he was the only student in the state to be selected for the NCAS. There is an estimated 14.4 million community college students nationwide, and of those students only 92 were chosen to participate in the NCAS program.
“The project includes preliminary interactive Web-based activities and an onsite experience during the fall or spring at NASA (either Johnson Space Center, Marshall Space Flight Center, or the Jet Propulsion Laboratory).” – NASA Education
Garcia and his 91 compatriots got the opportunity to participate in a hands-on engineering project with NASA engineers. Half of the students went to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory located in Pasadena, Calif. May 1 – 3, and the other half went to NASA’s Johnson Space Center located in Houston, Texas May 9 – 12.
Darlene Kern-Garcia expressed her appreciation of RSC Professors Steven Howard and Steven Fowler who enabled her son to participate in such a prestigious program.
“Miles couldn’t have participated in the program if he wasn’t attending a community college,” Kern-Garcia said, “it speaks volumes about the outstanding faculty at RSC.”
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Aerospace engineering focuses upon the challenges of flight. The proper aerodynamic shape, the correct engine for clean propulsion, the best materials for lightweight structures, and the safest control systems must be integrated to produce an efficient and economical flying machine. An interest in airplanes or spacecraft is often the primary motivation for starting a career in aerospace engineering.
Mechanical engineering involves the creative design, manufacturing, testing, evaluation, and distribution of such devices as automobiles, prosthetic limbs, home appliances, spacecraft, all types of engines, air conditioning equipment, artificial organs, nuclear and fossil fuel power plants, controls, robotics, and many types of instruments.
Photo caption: Rose State College’s Miles Garcia is one of the 92 students participating in NASA’s National Community College Aerospace Scholars. Photo courtesy of Rodney Fennell.