NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine Stops by UNLV
From engineers conducting research and quality assurance of the materials to be used on Lockheed Martin’s Orion spacecraft going to the moon, to geoscientists tapped to test samples coming back from Mars, UNLV faculty and students are playing an important role in NASA’s latest missions.
That was one of the reasons that NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and staff took time out of their busy schedules to stop by UNLV and speak with deans, researchers, and most importantly, students.
The Great Hall meeting room in the Thomas T. Beam Engineering Complex was standing room only when Bridenstine took the microphone to give a quick recap of NASA's current directives and projects including the latest findings by Mars rover Curiosity, plans for the upcoming Mars 2020 rover, and the various Artemis missions.
Bridenstine spoke passionately about the technology and innovation behind all of NASA's missions, discussed the future for commercial space activities and roles the private space industry can play, and described how NASA is measuring the earth in every part of the electromagnetic spectrum with 19 satellites in low earth orbit to provide valuable data back - such as water evaporation and snow pack levels - to industries and government entities.
The largest segment of time was spent directly answering questions from UNLV students, most who were graduate level researchers in nuclear, aerospace, geoscience and other engineering/science fields. In addition to answering their technical questions regarding NASA's mission, Bridenstine also addressed questions about the how students can find internships with NASA, the culture of the organization, and future opportunities for those who want to pursue a career in the space industry.