SCF Student Participated in NASA Program

(Bradenton, Fla., December 15, 2010) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) District Board of Trustees recognized SCF student James Mohan at a December meeting for participating in the National Community College Aerospace Scholars program at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston this fall.

Mohan was one of 44 community and junior college students nationwide selected to participate in a three-day program at Johnson Space Center.

During the visit, Mohan and other students had the opportunity to tour the space center, learn about careers in science and engineering, work with NASA engineers and participate in a team competition. The competition required students to establish fictional companies interested in Mars exploration, design a line drawing and construct a prototype rover, create the company’s budget and communication plan, and test the rovers in a presentation to NASA engineers.

Mohan and his teammates finished first place in the competition after their rover accomplished seven out of eight missions in an obstacle course designed to simulate rock and water sample testing.

“I was pleased with our team’s accomplishments at the competition and proud to be part of the program,” Mohan said. “It’s definitely a program I would recommend for other people who not only are interested in NASA, but also in any of the science, math or engineering fields.”

Altay Özgener, SCF assistant professor, mathematics, and Karen Wetz, professor, natural sciences, were also recognized by the board for encouraging and supporting Mohan with his accomplishment.

He plans to earn his associate in arts degree from SCF and transfer to the University of South Florida to pursue a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.

 SCF student James Mohan recognized
SCF board chairman Ron Allen, Altay Özgener, SCF assistant professor,
mathematics,SCF student James Mohan and SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner

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