Space Dynamics Laboratory Honors Student Employees

By Eric Warren
Utah State University Research Foundation
April 30, 2010

NORTH LOGAN, UTAH, APRIL 30, 2009 – Utah State University Research Foundation and Space Dynamics Laboratory today honored 36 undergraduate and graduate students that were employed at USURF and SDL while seeking degrees at USU.

"There are few institutions where students have the opportunity to obtain real‐world experience on programs that advance scientific research for agencies such as NASA, or provide needed capabilities for the Department of Defense," said Melanie Pond, director of human resources for USURF. "The 36 students that we honored today are expected to graduate in 2010 with degrees ranging from Electrical, Mechanical and Computer Engineering to Business Administration and Accounting. These students represent a cross section of disciplines that can be found at many of the world’s leading aerospace, defense and scientific organizations."

"Over the years, USURF and SDL has hired and helped train over 1,500 students and has given them intellectual tools to provide innovative solutions to our world’s current scientific and business challenges," said Niel Holt, director of SDL. "This learning process takes place in an environment where creativity is fostered through hands‐on training, where nationally recognized science and engineering is the norm. We’re grateful for the energy with which they perform their tasks and the youthful perspective they offer to our organization."

USURF and SDL currently employees 113 students who are assigned important roles in programs such as NASA’s Wide‐field Infrared Survey Explorer instrument, which was built at SDL, launched in December aboard a Delta II rocket, and is mapping the entire sky for the nearest and coolest stars, the origins of stellar and planetary systems, and the most luminous galaxies in the Universe. Earlier this month, U.S. Senator Orrin G. Hatch visited with student employees at SDL where he toured a new facility and discussed the importance of work that they do to support the United States.

Mechanical Engineering graduate Jason Hansen said, "Pursing my graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering while simultaneously working at SDL has provided me with the unique opportunity to be involved in many aspects of aerospace production. From design concepts to production, testing, and quality certified delivery, I have had the opportunity to produce thermal managing components that are currently being flown or are scheduled to fly on some of the most sophisticated satellites ever built."

The students honored during today’s ceremony were:

Name Expected Degree Home Town
Dan Allen Electrical Engineering, BS Hyde Park, UT
Jordan Argyle Public Health, BS Tremonton, UT
Andy Bell Mechanical Engineering, BS Farmington, UT
Katie Bond English, BS Roy, UT
Jeffrey Boulware Mechanical & Aerospace Eng, PhD Birmingham, AL
Blaine Cannon Mechanical Engineering, MS Orem, UT
Caleb Crookston Computer Science, BS Kaysville, UT
Jesse Eden Mechanical Engineering, BS Albuquerque, NM
Jason Hansen Mechanical Engineering, MS Cleveland, UT
Kami Huntsman Accounting, MS Kent, WA
Matt Huntsman Management Information Systems, MBA Heber City, UT
Jordan Irving Aerospace Engineering, BS Vernal, UT
Lauren Jaeger Chemical Engineering, BS Albuquerque, NM
Tim Johnson Mechanical Engineering, BS Los Alamos, NM
Riley Lovendale English, BS West Jordan, UT
Chris Marchant Electrical Engineering, PhD Rochester, NY
Anthony Meeks Mechanical Engineering, BS Magna, UT
Jared Mygrant Computer Science, MS Bellevue, OH
Terrell Olsen Accounting, MS Logan, UT
Amber Olson Aerospace Engineering, BS American Fork, UT
Dan Perkins Electrical Engineering, MA Myton, UT
Vicki Ragsdale Mechanical & Aerospace Eng, BS Bountiful, UT
Peter Richardson Business Administration, BS Manti, UT
Ben Rippon Computer Science, BS North Ogden, UT
Scott Roszko Physics, MS Jackson, NJ
Ben Sampson Aerospace Engineering, BS Sandy, UT
Danny Scholes Mechanical Engineering, MS Hyrum, UT
Steve Sellers Mechanical & Aerospace Eng, BS Idaho Falls, ID
James Stosich Accounting, BS South Jordan, UT
Marc Struthers Mechanical Engineering, MA Vernal, UT
Tyler Tolley Computer Science, BS Highland, UT
Stan Vincent Computer Science, BS North Ogden, UT
Todd Wetzel Biology, BS Layton, UT
Jeff White Mechanical Engineering, BS W. Valley City, UT
Rick Williams Business Administration, BS Kaysville, UT
Cordell Wright Mechanical & Aerospace Eng, MS Blanding, UT

A unit of the USU Research Foundation, Space Dynamics Laboratory is a leading university‐affiliated applied research and engineering laboratory for aerospace, climate and defense applications. SDL employs 450 dedicated professionals in North Logan, Utah and locations in Colorado Springs, CO., Los Angeles, CA., Albuquerque, NM., Washington, D.C., Huntsville, AL., Bedford, MA., and Houston, TX.