A graduate researcher working toward a doctorate in aerospace engineering, a medical student who founded a company focused on LEO marketing, and an undergraduate cosmology student will be the first of three students to work closely with the mentors. From the International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory like James A. Abrahamson Astronauts. The fellowship is a 12-month advanced learning experience sponsored by the ISS National Laboratory through the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, Inc. (CASIS).
Fellows will have the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in future space-related careers. During the programme, fellows will work with both an ISS National Laboratory mentor and subject matter expert in a field relevant to their main field of study and professional interests in aviation. Students will also have the opportunity to network with ISS National Lab stakeholders to further the mission of ISS National Lab and our nation’s goal of LEO marketing.
Lieutenant General James A. Abrahamson (retired from the US Air Force), former Chairman of the Board and former interim CEO of CASIS, Director of the ISS National Laboratory.
“This is an exciting opportunity for these three undergraduates to work with experts in the space industry and learn more about this thriving community,” he said. “I hope that during this year of learning, each of these students can build the knowledge and lasting relationships that will remain with them throughout their entire career.”
The three students who have been awarded the fellowships based on their academic and extracurricular CVs are as follows:
Taylor Peterson She is a graduate researcher at the University of Central Florida (UCF) in her second year and is working towards a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering. She is also a flight instructor at Zero-Gravity and has been traveling with them as a researcher since 2018. Peterson’s undergraduate background consists of a Bachelor’s degree in Physics with extensive experience leading research experiments related to fluids, including the multiple microgravity payloads she has on each of the parabolic flights. and subtropical. In her time at UCF, Peterson worked on research involving microfluidic fluxes in microgravity in relation to osteoporosis in astronauts.
Harsimran “Hari” Kalsi He is a medical student at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the co-founder and CEO of a deep-tech startup I-Corps supports called Otto Sciences. At Otto, Kalsi leads multiple initiatives with a strong focus on space/LEO commercialization. Kalsi is passionate about bringing the private sector, academia, and government together to develop solutions to some of the biggest issues facing humanity today, with a special interest in longevity, neuroprotection and biorecession.
Caitlin O’Brien He is an undergraduate student at Ohio State University, majoring in astrophysics and astronomy as well as physics. She is an active researcher in cosmology and a young professional science educator working for a nonprofit that works to improve access to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. In addition, O’Brien has co-founded a mentorship program to benefit blind and visually impaired high school students. She also serves as president of her university’s astronomical society and presenter of the planetarium.
The fellowship specifically sought US citizens or permanent residents of underrepresented communities, with the goal of ensuring that opportunities in the space industry were open to all. Each Fellow will receive a one-time award of $5,000 in addition to reimbursement for authorized guaranteed travel expenses.
The fellowship is named after Lieutenant General James A. Abrahamson (retired from the US Air Force), who is widely regarded as one of the most distinguished and decorated military program leaders of the 20th century. Lt. Gen. Abrahamson began his military career as a combat pilot in Vietnam and was eventually selected for the Air Force’s Manned Orbital Laboratory program, which was later scrapped. Following his stint as a pilot and astronaut candidate, Lieutenant General Abrahamson rose through the ranks of the Air Force and NASA, including his stint as NASA’s Associate Director of Space Flight.
Additionally, in 1984, President Reagan appointed Lt. General Abrahamson as the first director of the Strategic Defense Initiative – known as the “Star Wars Program” – until his retirement from service in 1989. Although he officially retired, Lieutenant General Abrahamson has remained active, maintaining Held leadership positions in various airlines and CASIS industry companies. For his efforts in promoting NASA’s goal of space commercialization, Team Abrahamson was awarded the NASA Exceptional Public Achievement Medal.
Congratulations to all James A. Abrahamson Astronauts. We at ISS National Lab look forward to our year working with you.
About the International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory: The International Space Station (ISS) is a unique laboratory that enables research and technological development not possible on Earth. As a public services organization, ISS National Lab allows researchers to leverage this multi-user facility to improve life on Earth, mature space business models, advance scientific knowledge in the future workforce, and expand a sustainable and scalable market in low Earth orbit. Through this National Orbiting Laboratory, research resources around the International Space Station are available to support non-NASA science, technology, and education initiatives from US government agencies, academic institutions, and the private sector. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) operates the National Laboratory for the International Space Station, under a collaborative agreement with NASA, facilitating access to a permanent microgravity research environment, a robust observation point in low Earth orbit, and the harsh and varied space conditions. . To learn more about the ISS National Laboratory, visit our website.