Purdue in Space

Julia Badger: Designing the Future of Space Robots

Julia Badger: Designing the Future of Space Robots

Not many people can claim that they programmed the first humanoid robot in space. Julia Badger (BSME '03) saw her hard work pay off with Robonaut, a sleek feat of humanoid technology that flew on the International Space Station. Today, as the Project Manager for the Robotics and Intelligence for Human Spacecraft Team at NASA's Johnson Space Center, she is designing the next generation of autonomous robots that will help humans explore the solar system.

Read the full story about Badger's journey.

 


John Vellinger: From Chix in Space to a Company in Space

John Vellinger: From Chix in Space to a Company in Space

What do you say about someone who has had the same job since the 8th grade? As a student in the 1980s, John Vellinger (BSME '89) won a contest that sent chickens into space. He then utilized that experience to found a company called Techshot, which custom-builds experimental modules for the International Space Station.

Read the full story about Vellinger's journey.

 


Mark Geyer brings daring-but-reasoned approach to director role at NASA's Johnson Space Center

Boiler Up - Mark Geyer brings daring-but-reasoned approach to director role at NASA's Johnson Space Center

Mark Geyer (BSAAE '82, MSAAE '83), who became the 12th director of NASA's Johnson Space Center in late May, is ready to remind the world NASA is "back in the business of launching people" into space.

Read the full story about Geyer's ascent to director.

 

 

 


AAE alum Bolinger eager to take next step at NASA, as flight director

Boiler Up - Allison Bolinger chosen to become Flight Director

Allison Bolinger (BSAAE ’04) moved into an elite corps in July, being named a flight director at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

For Bolinger, it’s just another step in a considerable journey at NASA that she says started when she was just a kid.

Read the full story about Bolinger's journey.

 


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"No institution has contributed more to our nation’s human spaceflight program than Purdue. And our university stands ready to prepare and inspire the next generation of space explorers." — Mitchell E. Daniels Jr., President of Purdue University

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