My name is Nichole Murray, a senior at MSU majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Aerospace engineering. I grew up moving around the world with my family starting from Montana, living with the polar bears in the Arctic region of Alaska, exploring the European continent to watching monkeys swing from trees in Central America.
I have been pursuing my degree for two years now and I am in the middle of my second internship with BOREALIS. Every day I am privileged with learning something new, whether it is a new skill set or an interesting fact. I am ecstatic about being able to gain experience and acquire new knowledge with all the opportunities BOREALIS and Montana Space Grant have provided me with leaving the possibilities endless. Over the years I have been a part of many engineering competitions, for example, I was a member of a student spectrograph team called Redshift. We won the Civility Award and Best Design Award at the National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition held at Montana State University in May 2013.
Outside of work and school I participate in countless activities and events. For example, I love to run, partake in Pink Gloves boxing, play soccer, basketball, hike, camp, go on mission trips, travel, and spend time with family and friends.
I am from Brazil, and a Junior in Computer Engineering. I spent a year studying at Montana State University due an exchange program supported by the Brazilian government. During the 2014 summer, I had the chance to put my hands on different types of electronic and software projects. My project was develop a way to take pictures from the near space and send them back in real time to a ground station. To do that, I used a Raspberry Pi, that is basically a mini computer with a Hi-Resolution camera and a RF modem to do the connection between the Pi and the ground station. As a result, we were able to take and send the pictures back from 93.000 ft . I’m really happy to had have the chance to work with these guys, I learned a lot with them. After this is internship, I’m sure that I chose the correct major for my future, and that space research is field of work that I should be in.
For my whole childhood I grew up in the small town of Ronan MT. I first attended the University of Montana after graduating high school under Pre-Engineering since I didn’t know which field I wanted to go into at the time. It was during this time one of my lab professors Jennifer Fowler introduced me to MSGC and Borealis and offered me the opportunity of working with them in the summer of 2013. I had a great time there while learning some new skills so after I transferred to MSU under Mechanical Engineering, I immediately started attending the Borealis meetings and was again give the awesome opportunity of working with Borealis in the summer of 2014. My main focus this summer is 3D printer operation, Payload Container fabrication, and constructing the new SPOT ball.
Likes: Weightlifting and Gaming Dislikes: Cilantro and People that walk slow
I grew up in Miles City, Montana. I found my love of electronics in the Navy, where I was a calibration technician for 5 1/2 years. I decided to further my understanding of electronics and measurement science, and so I started studying Electrical Engineering at Montana State University. I first started getting involved in BOREALIS the fall of 2010. The thought of sending experiments to near-space intrigued me. Space has always been some sort of mystical place for me. Being able to measure and quantify the universe in some small way has an unbelievable draw. After going on my first flight, I was hooked. BOREALIS really opened my eyes to space, and I am interested in someday working for an aerospace company involved in space exploration. I am working as a BOREALIS intern, with a focus on a timer-controlled cut down system.
I can be summarized pretty easily: I love my math, my music, and my reading. I was raised as a homeschooled student in Helena, MT. When I was a high school junior I began taking a few classes at the local college, Carroll College. I fell in love with the academics and the professors, and now am a junior at Carroll pursuing a math major and physics minor (possibly double major). I heard about the BOREALIS program from my adviser and physics professor, and he encouraged me to apply. When I was accepted I was really excited to learn in a hands-on environment and was looking forward to applying my math skills. I ended up doing all these things and more. This summer my main project was working with a fellow intern, Nichole Murray, on designing an in-flight balloon descent prediction program. With all the mistakes, laughs, and successes, it was an absolutely fun and incredible summer!
I am a native of Bozeman, and I love the outdoors and living here. I just got married and am now attending school with my wife. This is my second time to have the privilege to be a BOREALIS Intern. In the summer of 2010 I interned with BOREALIS and then the majority of the preceding three years I was away living in Japan. I was an exchange student for six months and then served as a missionary there for the following two years. During that time I gained valuable life experience. I learned from people of all different backgrounds and ethnicity, as well as gained fluency in Japanese. In the fall of 2013 I returned to Montana State University to continue my studies in the electrical engineering department as a junior. Over the last year I reestablished my connection with BOREALIS and am very excited to intern. I love being a part of BOREALIS and am thankful for all of the opportunities to get some real engineering experience.
Scott is a senior in the Computer Engineering program at Montana State University. A native to Montana, Scott was raised in rural Creston, Montana on his parent’s sheep farm. From an early age he was interested in all aspects of technology from robotics to space travel. Prior to coming to MSU, Scott worked as an IT professional after graduating from Flathead Valley Community College with an associate’s degree in information technology. Scott has enjoyed working in MSU’s electronics and digital logic labs, and has been involved with Montana Space Grant Consortium for several years while attending MSU. He has participated in the MSGC BOREALIS summer internship program (2013, 2014), the National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition (Best Spectrograph Design award), and recently became a student member of the MSGC advisory board. In his free time Scott enjoys flying remote control aircraft, mountain biking, kayaking, video and board gaming, paintball, target shooting and researching the latest technology developments.
Tim Basta is currently enrolled at Montana State University in the Mechanical Engineering department. He has been with Montana Space Grant Consortium in the BOREALIS department for 3 years. Tim is married, and has a 6 year old daughter. For possible carreers, Tim is interested in high altitude ballooning and composites.