Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Students Take Reigns at Space Flight Center

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Students Take Reigns at Space Flight Center

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WORCESTER, MASS.

A long running partnership between NASA and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is giving WPI students hands-on working experience at the Goddard Space Right Center. Over the past six years the Goddard Space Flight Center outside of Washington, D.C., has served as a training ground for more than 100 WPI students to work on real-world projects at NASA.

The most recent group of Goddard projects are near completion and WPI undergrads will be giving their final oral presentations this month. Dr. Fred J. Looft, professor of electrical and computer engineering and director and founder of the WPI program at the Goddard Space Flight Center, recently advised nine student teams at the center. The program gives students the chance to present solutions to complex problems on topics ranging from spacecraft model development to x-ray telescope design.

"The Goddard center gives students applied engineering experience that can't be taught in a classroom. …

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