OJC Press Release ID: 2589

Monday, November 7, 2016


OJC student and alum present at AAIA Annual Technical Symposium
 
On October 20, 2016, current Otero Junior College student Marcus Wolfram and CSU-P student Julian Fierro, a former OJC student, participated in a poster presentation at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ (AIAA) Annual Technical Symposium held in Golden on the Colorado School of Mines campus. 

The AIAA is comprised of many of the entities, both corporate and governmental, that make up Colorado’s aerospace industry. Colorado is home to the second largest aerospace industry sector in the United States.

The poster covered the design, build, and programming of an autonomous robot they created for the 2016 Colorado Space Grant Consortium’s Robotics Challenge. Both students were members of Dr. Joel Gray’s Robotics course last spring semester, and Dr. Gray acted as their mentor on this project. 

Throughout the conference day, both students attended cutting-edge industry presentations in topics including Unmanned Ariel Systems (UAS), the international collaboration in Aerospace, and the status of Mars exploration. This includes the efforts of human travel to Mars, exploration of the surface and subsurface, and returning safely to the Earth. 

Later in the day, Wolfram was also able to meet with a top researcher and tour a laboratory at the Solar Engineering Research Facility, part of National Renewable Energy Lab, which is also based in Golden. 

These efforts were supported by the Colorado Space Grant Consortium, funded by NASA.  The Colorado Space Grant provides exciting real-world opportunities for students at OJC and across the state through interactions and collaborations with NASA, government agencies and companies that prepare them for their careers.

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Otero Junior College student Marcus Wolfram and CSU-P student Julian Fierro, a former OJC student, participated in a poster presentation at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ (AIAA) Annual Technical Symposium held in Golden on the Colorado School of Mines campus on October 20.