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Astronaut Scholar Spotlights

Highlights of Astronaut Scholar achievements, advancements, accomplishments, breakthroughs and successes.

2021 Astronaut Scholar Terelle Cadd Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

In 2016, Terelle Cadd was stacking boxes at a UPS warehouse and pursuing an associate degree in business. Realizing his current path wasn’t fulfilling, he boldly chose to switch his major to engineering. Why? Because he wanted to make a difference in the world.

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Astronaut Scholars Find Their Beyond

Astronaut Scholar alum, Michael Markesbery, CEO, and co-founder of OROS, recently sat down (virtually!) with two fellow Astronaut Scholars to talk about "finding their beyond." Meet NASA Flight Director Fiona Turett and neuroscientist Ashley Hayden as they share their inspiration and work in science and technology.

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2000-2001 Astronaut Scholar Christina Hammock Koch
North Carolina State University

NASA Astronaut and 2000-2001 Astronaut Scholar, Christina Hammock Koch, completed the first all-female spacewalk with crewmate Jessica Meir on October 18th, 2019– a milestone for NASA.

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2014 Astronaut Scholar Benjamin Cromey
University of Arizona

Astronaut Scholar Ben Cromey is in the last year of his PhD in optical sciences, where he designs and uses multiphoton microscopes, to help diagnose diseases faster. One of his projects has been using that microscope to increase the odds of survival in pancreatic cancer surgery.

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2019 Astronaut Scholar Christopher Clifford
University of Central Florida

At the age of 13, I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes; an autoimmune form of diabetes that effects 1.25 million Americans. At the time, I knew nothing about the disease, but the burden it had on my life encouraged me to get involved in research. Currently, I am working towards an Electrical Engineering major and a Bio-Engineering minor at the University of Central Florida. Being distinguished as an Astronaut Scholar has really given me the confidence to pursue my research and confirms that I have made a huge step in my professional endeavors. Being a Type 1 Diabetic, I understand the adversities of living with diabetes and I am personally motivated to pursue research in this field for a cure.

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2016 Astronaut Scholar Joey Wilson
Clemson University

Astronaut Scholar Joey Wilson at Cambridge University where we had just submitted his thesis for a second master’s degree of Philosophy. His research has been focused on senescence, a non-autonomous cellular response to stress associated with aging and age-related pathologies like cancer.

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2014 Astronaut Scholar Michael Markesbery
Miami University

Astronaut Scholar Michael Markesbery is the co-founder & CEO of OROS. In the last 6 months, OROS has moved its headquarters and team to Portland, Oregon, received a multi-million dollar contract from the United States Department of Defense, raised over $10M of Venture capital, supported STEM by partnering with Ad Astra (the school co-founded by Elon Musk & Josh Dahn), and launched our Fall 2019 line of products.

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2012 Astronaut Scholar Emily Boster
Texas A&M University

Astronaut Scholar Emily Boster had the opportunity to work on the monumental launch of the Mars Lander, InSight. "As I stood in the darkness, listening to the launch countdown, surrounded by JPL and Lockheed Martin Engineers, I couldn’t help but think back to my own history. Five years earlier, I was brought onto the program as a Mechanical Design Intern."

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2008 Astronaut Scholar Ryan East
University of Oklahoma

Astronaut Scholar Ryan East received the Astronaut Scholarship award while earning his bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Oklahoma from 2006-2008. He then went on to earn a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Texas.

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