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Interns provide service in particular areas of 4Frontiers business, applying and developing their skills while assisting the company’s efforts.

Luke Falls – 2011 NASA ESMD Research / Technology Intern
Luke grew up in a log cabin in the woods in northwestern Wisconsin.  While growing up, most of his after school activities included small engine repair, antique engine restoration, painting cars and trucks, fixing tractors, woodworking, metalworking, welding, and blacksmithing.  Looking for an adventure after graduating from high school he moved to Orlando, Florida and began working as a service technician in the commercial refrigeration and air conditioning industry.  After working for a few years he decided to supplement his mechanical knowledge with an electrical engineering degree from the University of Central Florida.  Now in his senior year at UCF, Luke has been involved in projects such as the Space Florida Undergraduate Academy and has worked as an Electrical Engineer Co-op for United Space Alliance at the Kennedy Space Center where he was the electrical coordinator for the Facilities Planning and Support group.  Luke’s diverse background has taught him how to adapt well to changes and challenges and he looks forward to new learning opportunities, especially ones that involve space travel. 
Michael Fehlinger – Research / Technology Intern
Mike holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from The Pennsylvania State University where his thesis included a settlement located on the southern pole of the moon. He also holds a Masters of Science in Space Architecture degree from the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture within the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture. Here he acquired a Graduate Research Assistantship to undertake research for Crew Excursion Vehicle and lander that would take early crew to Mars and return to Earth. The vehicle design explored advanced technologies and approaches including the use of inflatables, Ion Propulsion and interfaces with landing systems potentially including Ballistic Aero-Braking and landing segments to carry the crew to planetary surface to enable the return to Mars orbit and to Earth orbit.
Maxwell Hirsh – 2011 NASA ESMD Research / Technology Intern
Max attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2006 to peruse his dream of becoming an Aerospace Engineer.  While attending Embry-Riddle he became heavily involved in the rocketry organizations on campus.  After working with several teams on high powered armature rockets, building and launching a few of his own, and obtaining his level 2 high powered certification from the National Association of Rocketry, Max, went on to be hand pick as the project manager for the Icarus Program, Embry-Riddles flagship rocketry program.  In this position he led a team of students to develop and test potentially record breaking student rockets to reach outer space.  While attending Embry-Riddle Max also worked as a Systems Engineering Co-op for Jacobs Technology at Johnson Space center where he tested hardware for the crew quarters module on the International Space Station and performed mission analysis for Constellation Space Suit integration.  In the spring of 2011 Max obtained his Bachelors of Science from Embry-Riddle in Aerospace Engineering with an Astronautics focus.  He is currently continuing his education to obtain a Masters of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Embry-Riddle.  Max eventually hopes to be on the cutting edge of developing launch vehicles for commercial space industry.
KavyaKamal Manyapu – Research / Technology Intern
Kavya K.Manyapu graduated with Masters in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2010. Her interest in humankind’s space endeavors began with her father’s stories of the Apollo flights when she was a child. She has since cultivated a deep interest in space engineering, with the ultimate goal of becoming an Astronaut and a scientist contributing to Space Exploration Research. At the Field and Space Robotics lab at MIT, she worked on using advanced renewable power sources (micro fuel cells) for powering sensor networks in extreme environments for both space and terrain applications. She worked on a project sponsored by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory using fuel cells for powering small sensors with long mission durations on the Lunar poles. During her graduate studies she also worked in the Space Physiology area as a team member on a project that combined exercise, vibration and artificial gravity and conducted experiments that intended to reduce bone loss in Astronauts during long term exposure to microgravity.
She did her undergrad at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Gatech) in Aerospace Engineering in 2006. At the Space Systems Design Lab at Gatech her research focus was on the Entry Descent and Landing (EDL) phase for Robotic and Human Exploration of Mars. She also conducted EDL (parachute) analysis for the student led Mars Gravity Bio-satellite program as a Gatech student in collaboration with MIT in 2005-2006. She also contributed to the EDL study for project at a NASA graduate student competition receiving the second tier award in 2006. She worked on the Orion-Constellation program for 2 years after her undergrad at Lockheed Martin as a Space Systems Engineer where she received an appreciation award for contribution to the radiation analysis. During her years at Lockheed, she participated in the International Astronautical Congress, Space Generation Congress and other space outreach programs where she worked on several projects in support of the human exploration of space and conducted outreach activities in support of the same. She presently works at the Boeing Company as a Structural Analyst on the 777 aircraft working in fatigue, durability and damage tolerance areas. She has recently served as a Crew Engineer and Physiologist at the Mars Desert Research Station simulation program organized by Mars Society. During the 2 week crew rotation she has conducted physiology, engineering and geology experiments as well as conducted an outreach experiment for Space Florida. Over the 15 day mission in she has accumulated a total of 20 analogue EVA hours. Apart from being a space geek she is also a professional Indian classical dancer and her hobbies include acting, flying, star gazing, running, swimming, riding motorcycles.
"There may be only a brief window of opportunity for space travel during which we will in principle have the capability to establish colonies (which could in turn establish further colonies). If we let that opportunity pass without taking advantage of it we will be doomed to remain on the Earth where we will eventually go extinct." - Richard Gott, "Implications of the Copernician Principle For Our Future Prospects," Nature, 1993
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