Charles Nichols is a recent addition to the NASA family and yet another example of an Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP) intern moving through the "NASA Pipeline" and entering the STEM workforce. On Jan. 18, 2011, Nichols returned to NASA's White Sands Test Facility (WSTF) in Las Cruces, N.M. where he will work with his former USRP Mentor Regor Saulsberry.
Nichols recalled, "Dr. Jess Waller and Regor Saulsberry were instrumental to my success and did everything in their power to foster my professional growth. Out of my 5 previous internships, NASA at WSTF is by far the finest institution I have ever had the pleasure to work with." Previously, Nichols interned with the New Mexico Department of Transportation (2007), Chevron Phillips (2008), and NASA's Career Exploration Program (2009) before accepting his first USRP internship at WSTF in 2009 and then returning for another tour in the summer of 2010. Furthermore, he served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps as and graduated this December with a degree in mechanical engineering from the New Mexico State University.
USRP WSTF Coordinator Robert Cort commented, "I've been associated with the USRP program for about 6 years, it has been very gratifying to see the quality of students, the level of excitement, and the quality of work that the students can produce.... It is even more exciting now that one of our previous USRP students has been selected to be hired on as a full time employee at WSTF. I look forward to continued success with the program and the students that are part of the program."
USRA has managed NASA's Undergraduate Student Research Program since January 2008.
Charles Nichols (right) is a recent addition to the NASA family and yet another example of an USRP intern moving through the "NASA Pipeline" and entering the STEM workforce.