July 6, 2016 – On June 29th, Oakman Aerospace Inc. (OAI) hosted 24 Colorado Space Business Roundtable (CSBR) Summer Interns at their Littleton facility. The afternoon was spent engaging the interns through education, outreach, and hands-on problem solving. The interns had the opportunity to tour OAI’s clean room and integration laboratory to see the projects currently underway, gain career advice from President and Chief Systems Engineer Stanley Kennedy, Jr., as well as compete to design a 1U CubeSat mission that maximized capability while minimizing cost.
Ryan McCormick (current OAI Summer Intern & CSBR Summer Intern) and Neil Friedman (OAI Software Engineer, previous OAI Summer Intern, and previous CSBR Summer Interns), organized the hands-on challenge.
“We wanted to give real-life scenarios to the interns to highlight the difficulty most aerospace engineers face every day,” said McCormick. “Programs are full of decisions to cut costs or increase capability and the students were able to get a taste of that dilemma through these demonstrations.”
OAI continues to look for ways to enhance and increase STEM outreach for developing the next generation of space enthusiasts.
Each year, CSBR gives Colorado high school and college students an opportunity to gain exposure and obtain relevant work experience with various aerospace companies located along the Front Range. During the two-week program, students spend time at various CSBR partner facilities, where they have the chance to meet the best and the brightest in the industry, participate in hands-on activities, and get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at what each company does, and some of the exciting projects they are working on. Interns also drive rovers, design robots, launch rockets, work in teams on engineering design challenges, learn about the various engineering disciplines, and see what it takes to be successful in the industry.