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#PennyForNASA

In response to #PennyForNASA’s campaign to double NASA’s funding, I emailed my representatives: Dear Sen. Ron Johnson [R, WI], Sen. Herbert Kohl [D, WI], Rep. Tammy Baldwin [D, WI-2]: I’m an engineer and I support Doubling Funding for NASA and U.S. Involvement in Space because solving difficult problems drives innovation while inspiring the nation.  Manned […]

TRACLabs

After graduating in December 2010 I had 6 months to spend before starting grad school, so I went on an extended internship with TRACLabs in Houston, TX.  TRACLabs is a small company that does automation and robotics research and development work for NASA and the Defense Department. My work centered on developing and using TRACBot, […]

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Letter in Support of NASA & Commercial Crew

A Letter to Senators Kohl and Johnson in support of robust funding of NASA’s Commercial Crew program. As your committee marks-up NASA’s 2013 budget I hope you will consider my thoughts on the future of NASA and government-funded research and development in general.  I’m from Wausau, earned my undergraduate degree from UW-Madison in Engineering Mechanics-Astronautics, […]

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SF Pictures

—Pictures from my January trip to visit Lisa and Brian in San Francisco.

Pictures from Big Bend National Park

I spent Memorial Day weekend hiking around Big Bend National Park, located in southwest Texas. It was hot, super-dry, and a 10 hour drive from Houston, but I enjoyed exploring the mountains and getting out of Houston. The high fire danger prohibited backcountry camping in the higher elevations, so I hiked about 15 miles on […]

LEVITATE

—Acronym says it all: The Lunar Exploration Vehicle for Intraplanetary Transport and Terrestrial Expansion. An enormous project, but a good time. The EMA senior design spans two semesters; the first develops an idea into a consumer product, while the second tasks us to design an airplane, submarine, or spaceship. Last semester I developed BoomAlert, a […]

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STS-130 Launch

We left Madison on Friday, drove straight to Florida for the planned Sunday launch, saw it go up Monday morning, and were back in Madison 11:30 Tuesday.  Lots of driving, but a great launch to see. NASA’s HD footage STS-130 Pictures: From Chris Spaceflight Now press site, remote cameras  

BoomAlert

—A device to warn sailboat crews of dangerous boom movements; developed in EMA 469 with David Aguilar, Lisa McGill, Scott Sardina, and Jordan Wachs. The EMA senior design spans two semesters; the first develops an idea into a consumer product, while the second tasks us to design an airplane, submarine, or spaceship. Over the first […]

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NASA Kennedy Space Center

Summer at Kennedy Space Center I’m in Florida at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. I’ll hope to share a couple of the cool things I’m doing here: Here’s a map of the area. Contents: First Week June into July GOES-O Launch The Fourth of July Family Visit STS-127 STS-128 Great Smokey Mountains National Park KSC Study […]

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Laser Building in Germany

Intro   As I’ve said elsewhere, I’m heading to Germany to complete a sensor system I’ve been working on for the past year with Prof. Scott Sanders, supported by LaVision, GmbH. I’ve covered the project-specific details and have a couple documents here. I fly out of Chicago this Saturday (5/30) and will arrive in Frankfurt […]

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