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Gravity: Guests (2010)

Pamila Ward

Student, Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, Boise State University

Pamila is a student in the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at Boise State University. She is a member NASA's Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program (Microgravity University), and has participated in a number of faculty sponsored research projects.

Jake Forsberg

Senior in computer science, Boise State University

Jake Forsberg is a senior in Computer Science at Boise State University. He has been a member of the university's microgravity research team since its formation in 2009. During this time, Jake has been involved with two microgravity experiments conducted on NASA's reduced gravity aircraft. His contributions have ranged from ground support, software development, and in-flight testing in lunar, Martian, and zero gravity.

Currently, he is leading a student team in the initial study of how bone cells are affected by changes in gravity. Jake has also worked as an intern at NASA's Langley Research Center, where he developed software for autonomous navigation control of aerial vehicles. Jake has been privileged to receive honors such as National Science Foundation Scholar and Boise State University Trailblazer Award. Additionally, his research was featured on NASA EDGE: Future of Aeronautics. Aside from his studies, Jake always makes time for coffee, walks in Boise's North End, and acoustic guitar playing with his roommate.

Brian Pierre

Senior in Electrical Engineering, Boise State University

Brian Pierre is a senior in Electrical Engineering at Boise State University. He is from Laramie, Wyoming. He is a distance runner on Boise State's cross country and track teams with multiple First Team All-WAC honors. Also, he works as an intern for Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories. One of his favorite things last year was an opportunity to be a part of the NASA Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program and fly in zero gravity. Brian studied abroad in Germany during the summer of 2010, and he is a member of Tau Betta Pi (Engineering Honors Society), President of Eta Kappa Nu (Electrical Engineering Honors Society), and treasurer of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers).

Alex Miller

B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Boise State University

Alex Miller is a summer 2010 graduate of the Boise State University (BSU) Materials Science and Engineering program, with a minor in Physics. He has been a member of BSU's Microgravity Project team the last two years, as well as an active member of BSU's Mechanical Engineering Club and Aero Design team for five years. The first-year NASA Micrograivty Systems Engineering and Education Discovery experiment studied stationary wheel traction in simulated lunar conditions, with their NASA Principle Investigator, Pedro Curiel. Again working with Pedro, the second-year project studied dynamic wheel traction in simulated lunar conditions. Having carried over experience from the previous year, Alex became the experiment's team leader in the second year. Alex has flown on the NASA-contracted Zero-G Corporation's microgravity flights twice now.

Alex considers Boise his hometown, having lived here since the age of 3. He attended Bishop Kelly High School, graduating in 2005. His strongest encouragement to incoming college students, and high school students alike, is to get involved in extra curricular activities that you enjoy participating and learning in. Being active outside of class helps you to connect with others who enjoy doing the same things you do, as well as provides a good opportunity to apply classroom concepts to fascinating and productive real-world activities.

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