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We left off with the Scarlet Space Hawks as they launched their student organization and secured their funding to build their robot. Before the team could travel to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and place third in the mining category of the NASA Robotic Mining Competition (RMC), they needed to build their robot.

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When Pedro Morales (EE, 4th year) and Shawn Zachariah (EE, 4th year) stepped foot on NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) at the end of last May, it was the culmination of months of planning, recruiting, building, and testing. The two students are the founding members of the Scarlet Space Hawks, the first Illinois Institute of Technology team to compete in NASA’s Annual Robotic Mining Competition (RMC).

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Armour College of Engineering undergraduate student Lissette Beltran (ECE, 4th year) was featured in a Daily Herald news article about her pathway to earning several job offers at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. After applying to 13 internships at NASA and landing one, Beltran stopped putting limits on herself and literally started shooting for the stars.

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I took my seat on the airplane and as usual, began to play a movie– Interstellar. I was about to embark on a journey, one that I have taken many times before– to space! This time I would accompany Matthew McConaughey as a post apocalyptic NASA sends him on a journey through space and time to save humanity while he attempts to reconcile his relationship with the daughter he left behind on earth. Although my body has never left the safe haven of earth’s atmosphere, my mind has often journeyed far beyond our earthly realm.

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Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Armour College of Engineering, Matthew Spenko, was featured in the Chicago Tribune for his robotics research at Illinois Tech. Professor Spenko's research into making navigation safer for self driving cars and creating novel adhesives for robots used by NASA was detailed in the article. 

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Natacha DePaola, Carol and Ed Kaplan Armour College Dean of Engineering, is representing Armour College of Engineering and Illinois Institute of Technology at the first-ever NASA MissionSTEM Summit, held at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC from August 8-9, 2016. The summit has been convened to bring together the many voices of NASA’s grantee stakeholders in order to take NASA’s civil rights technical assistance efforts to a new level.

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The Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) was featured in a ChicagoInno article highlighting the group's recent project with NASA to conduct satellite payload research using a high altitude balloon. 

Read the complete article on ChicagoInno here

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The Center for the Advancement of Science In Space (CASIS), in conjunction with NASA, has recently awarded a grant to Aleksandar Ostrogorsky, Professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Armour College of Engineering, to prepare and conduct eight crystal growth experiments aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Dr. Ostrogorsky’s investigation is one of three materials science projects selected for funding by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS). CASIS was selected by NASA in July 2011 to maximize use of the ISS U.S.

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NASA’s 5th Annual RASC-AL Exploration Robo-Ops Competition is the perfect opportunity for anyone who has ever dreamed about designing and building a robotic rover that one day might discover life on another planet, or a new mineral on an asteroid whizzing through space.<

In this exciting competition, undergraduate and graduate students are invited to create a multi-disciplinary team to build a planetary rover prototype and demonstrate its capabilities to perform a series of competitive tasks in field tests at the NASA Johnson Space Center’s Rock Yard in June 2015.

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