College Students From Across The Nation Spend The Summer With NAS

ARNOLD AFB, Tenn. – Engineering students from colleges and universities across the United States spent the summer completing internships with National Aerospace Solutions, LLC (NAS) at Arnold Air Force Base, the headquarters for Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC).

With 25 students, this is the largest group of summer interns NAS has had since starting its internship program in 2017.

Internships with NAS are in a variety of career fields, such as design; aerospace systems; test operations; flight systems and flight test; laser support; instrumentation, data and controls; technology development; asset health assurance; modeling and simulation; space and missiles test operations; and facility analysis.

Because AEDC offers such diverse opportunities, this is the third summer that Trevor Blair, NAS intern with the Technology Innovations Branch, has returned to Arnold.

“My first two internships provided the opportunity to learn about different areas and disciplines on the base, which greatly helps to decide where I would fit best,” he said. “Deciding to come back to the base this summer came down to the fact that this is a unique facility that provides many opportunities to learn and grow, often quite quickly. I saw the advantage of learning and making connections in the Technology Innovations Branch, and from there it was easy.”

NAS General Manager Dr. Richard Tighe commented that he hopes the interns not only enjoyed their time at Arnold but will take away new skills that will help them in the future.

Our internship program provides a great benefit to AEDC, NAS, and the students,” Tighe said. “We focus on ensuring the students participate in real projects and make tangible contributions while they’re here at AEDC. We want them to leave here having gained experience that’s relevant to their future careers, having learned what it’s like to support a national security mission, and hopefully with an interest in returning to AEDC in the future.

“We had a tremendous group of talented students from Tennessee, the region, and from across the country this summer. We appreciate how welcoming the people of Southern Middle Tennessee and AEDC have been to our interns.”

The following are all of the 2019 NAS interns, the school they attend, and their area of study:

  • Alex Blythe, attends the University of Alabama at Huntsville and is majoring in aerospace engineering.
  • Kyle Noe, attends the University of Tennessee Chattanooga and is majoring in mechanical engineering.
  • Amy Symmonds, attends the University of Alabama at Huntsville and is majoring in mechanical engineering.
  • Cole Stovall, attends Tennessee Technological University and is majoring in mechanical engineering.
  • Paul Kurtz, attends Lipscomb University and is majoring in electrical engineering.
  • Ketura Bates, attends the University of Alabama at Huntsville and is majoring in mechanical engineering.
  • Chase Abel, attends the University of Alabama at Huntsville and is majoring in mechanical engineering.
  • Evan Dickey, attends Tennessee Technological University and is majoring in mechanical engineering.
  • Walker McCord, attends the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and is a graduate-level student in physics.
  • Said Mohamed, attends Tennessee Technological University and is majoring in electrical engineering.
  • Tonya Gary, attends Tennessee Technological University and is majoring in electrical engineering.
  • George Crowley, attends the Ohio State University and is majoring in mechanical engineering.
  • Cameron Jones, attends Tennessee Technological University and is majoring in mechanical engineering.
  • Emily Tighe, attends the University of Notre Dame and is majoring in computer science.
  • Breanna Woosley, attends the University of Alabama at Huntsville and is majoring in mechanical engineering.
  • Megan Young, attends Tennessee Technological University and is majoring in computer science.
  • Derick Phan, attends California State University at Long Beach and is majoring in electrical engineering.
  • Trevor Blair, attends Texas A&M University and is a graduate-level student in aerospace engineering.
  • Hannah Mason, attends Lipscomb University and is majoring in electrical and computer engineering.
  • Noah Michels, attends Louisiana Technological University and is majoring in electrical engineering.
  • Rebecca Davis, attends Washington University in St. Louis and is majoring in mechanical engineering.
  • John Brand, attends the University of Tennessee Chattanooga and is majoring in mechanical engineering.
  • Chelsea Onyeador, attends the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a graduate-level student in aerospace engineering.
  • Jonathan Haas, attends Tennessee Technological University and is majoring in mechanical engineering.
  • Geoff Svensson, attends the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a grad-level student in aerospace engineering.

The 2019 NAS summer interns gather for a photo prior to giving presentations at the Arnold Air Force Base Main Auditorium on July 25, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Deidre Ortiz)

 

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