Next Adventure: Joining the lab of Dr. E. Glenn Lightseyas a graduate student.
Previous co-op, internship, or research experience?
I interned at the Jacobs ESSA Group in Huntsville, where I did data reviews of hot-fire RS-25 rocket engines.
Most looking forward to...
It will be great to work with someone with as much experience as Dr. Lightsey, working on real satellites - from concept to execution. Satellites can do a lot of good science without requiring a super-huge budget.
How did your educational experience at GT-AE help?
The coursework is really challenging. If you can handle the coursework here, you can handle anything they throw at you in the real world. Also, I got so much out of my orbital mechanics class, with Professor Spencer. He has a ton of experience -- with NASA and JPL - so when he explained something, he could tell you how the theory goes and how it actually works.
Find out what you are passionate about and work it from every angle. Don't stop at what you learn in class. Find other problems, create new code, or find other applications that will help you understand the concept. You can sleep after you graduate.