CAC Board Member Bios Fall 2010

 Zachary Wright, CAC Project Lead

Center: Dryden Flight Research Center

School: Indiana University

Majors: Economic Consulting & Public Policy Analysis

Minor: Clinical Psychology

Hobbies: Basketball, Skiing, Soccer, Chess

Area Currently Working In: Procurement

Favorite NASA Mission: Apollo 11

Favorite Co-op Memory: Being able to see and experience all of the unique equipment and technology that NASA uses on a daily basis.

What join in on CAC? CAC is greatly beneficial in that it connects students with different backgrounds from all over America into one organization. CAC also provides an opportunity for NASA students to take on leadership roles.

Erika Cherry

Center: Langley Research Center

School: Old Dominion University

Major: Engineering Management

Recreational Interests: Reading, Camping, Bowling, music

Currently Working: Mechanical Systems

Favorite Co-op Memory: My favorite co-op memory was meeting Astronaut Leland Melvin.

Why I joined CAC? CAC allows open communication between co-ops across the agency, while providing leadership opportunities. It helps co-ops to see the holistic view of NASA and explore the cool things about science and technology.

Huong Nguyen, CAC Center Director Ames Research Center

School: Santa Clara University

Major: Business Administration

Home State: California

Why are you interested CAC: I would like to empower every co-op student with the knowledge and understanding of his or her self worth and value. The power of an intern is not limited to his or her job description of being an intern. Interns have the freedom and leg room to expand his or her skills, take risks on ideas, make mistakes and learn from it. Co-op and intern rotations allows the development of leadership and trade skills as well as the potential that one has.

Favorite Co-op Memory: My best co-op experience was when I was a part of the planning committee for Ames Yuri’s Night 2010. The event turned about to be a success with a big technology showcase and entertainment production to educate the public on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Todd Heino, CAC Center Director Johnson Space Center

School: University of the Pacific

Year in School: Senior

Major: Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering

Area Currently Working In: Spacecraft Software Engineering

Co-op (Intern) Since: January 2009

Hobbies: rowing, running, chess, computer games and rocket science.

Favorite NASA Mission/Astronaut: José Hernández

Favorite Co-op (Intern) Memory: Working late on the Robonaut, staring into its “eyes” and realizing I helped to build this!

 Eric Meier, CAC Deputy Center Director Johnson Space Center

School: Purdue University

Year in School: Junior

Major: Aero/Astro Engineering

Area Currently Working In: ISS Mission Operations Environmental Control Group

Co-op (Intern) Since: January 2010

Hobbies: fishing, hanging out with friends, firefighting, and submitting CACiN bios

Favorite NASA Mission/Astronaut: Going with my fellow Boilermaker Neil Armstrong

Favorite Co-op (Intern) Memory: Driving out to KSC for the STS 132 launch and kicking back with the KSC co-ops. Also flying in the Space Shuttle Motion based Mission Simulator. It was a rough landing with a bit of a bounce, but it didn’t crash.

Michael Ferrino, CAC Center Director Kennedy Space Center

Home: Philadelphia, PA

School: Drexel University

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Minor: Business Administration

Area Currently Working In: Center Operations Construction Management

Favorite NASA Mission: Apollo 11. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin are true explorers, something I hope to be one day.

Favorite Co-op Memory: Seeing my first shuttle launch, STS 128, with my family the day before my first co-op term started, knowing that I was going to work there the next day.

What join in on CAC? It gives us a unique networking tool to contact people like ourselves. I know for me, moving 1000 miles down to Florida was a great experience, but it wasn’t until I met the other co-ops that I really started to have fun outside of work on the weekends. Also the CAC has given me chances to give tours and show coops from other centers all the cool stuff we have at KSC.

Tiwana Walton, CAC Director of Langley Reseach Center

My name is Tiwana Walton and I am a graduate student at Old Dominion University in the field of Systems Engineering. I have been a graduate co-op here at NASA Langley Research Center since June 2008. I work in the Aeronautic Systems Analysis Branch (ASAB) in the area of aviation safety.

My current research task is to assist with the program (or portfolio) assessment of aviation safety technologies. The purpose of “program assessment” is to predict the impact of NASA’s technologies on the aviation system of the future. Some of the factors used to measure this impact are fatal accident rate, technical development risk, implementation risk, cost and projected impact on safety risk. In program assessment, we use statistics, probability, systems analysis methods and computer programs to predict whether NASA’s technologies will reduce the number of airplane accidents in the future.

Caitlyn Durham, CAC Center Director Marshall Space Flight Center

I am a senior at West Virginia University, studying Aerospace Engineering and trying to earn a minor in Computer Science. I started working at Marshall in the summer semester of 2009 as a USRP intern. I started my first Co-Op rotation in the spring semester of 2010, where I worked in the Propulsion Systems Department. I am currently in my 2nd Co-Op rotation and 3rd term at Marshall. For this term, I returned to the same branch I was in as an intern. This is my first term being involved in CAC, and I am really looking forward to learning about the other centers and what Co-Ops do there. My hobbies include figure skating, photography, and hanging out with my friends and family. My favorite co-op memory is definitely when I went to KSC to learn about what they do and see my first shuttle launch (STS-131). Feeling the vibration of the SRBs, hearing the roar, and watching the shuttle leave the pad was a once in a lifetime experience. It really made me appreciate the vehicle’s power, and I’m glad I got to see it before the end of the program.


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