College Station, Texas, resident Jeff Terrell recently completed an internship at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. He worked on training and flight control documentation development for flight controllers in mission control. Terrell, a student at Texas A&M University, landed a NASA internship through the Texas Aerospace Scholars Internship Program.
Terrell interned with the International Space Station Mechanisms & Maintenance Division within the Mission Operations Directorate, the organization responsible for planning, directing, managing and implementing overall mission operations and providing flight controller and flight crew training and simulations. Within the division, Terrell supported the Operations Support Officer flight controllers who manage all in-orbit maintenance activities on the space station, including development, training and analysis of procedures on the ground before they are carried out in space.
“I think this experience has allowed me to sharpen my skills as a team player, as an engineer and as a professional,” Terrell said. “I learned a lot about what it takes to keep an incredible feat of modern engineering such as the International Space Station in top shape. NASA is alive and well and I’m excited to be a part of the next step in space exploration and human spaceflight.”
“Jeff has obviously found where he wants to be, now it’s just a matter of doing,” said Terrell’s NASA mentor Jeff Stone. “We hope it’s something for the Operations Support Officer group.”
Terrell expects to graduate in May 2015. At Texas A&M, he is pursuing a major in electrical engineering and a minor in mathematics and is involved in AggieSat Lab, a student satellite development program. He plans to finish his engineering degree and get his private pilot’s license in the future.
The Texas Aerospace Scholars Internship Program, administered by the Universities Space Research Association in partnership with the Aerospace Academy, is made available by NASA. The program seeks to recruit talented students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Interns are alumni of the High School Aerospace Scholars program or the Community College Aerospace Scholars program, which are interactive online learning experiences for Texas students that culminate in interactive visits to Johnson Space Center to design a human mission to Mars. The internship program aims to help develop future scientists and engineers.
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