Nebraska Engineering doubles its presence at NASA's Microgravity University

Calendar Icon Jan 22, 2009      Person Bust Icon By Carole Wilbeck | Engineering     RSS Feed  RSS  -  Submit a Story

In spring 2009, two teams from the UNL College of Engineering will perform experiments with NASA's Microgravity University.

Jack Mondry, a senior from Orlando, Fla. who majors in mechanical engineering at UNL, will lead one of the Husker teams. He was notified by NASA in December that his team, named "PowRED Up," will evaluate the airlock where astronauts put on and take off protective suits for lunar exploration.

Brett Schlueter, a senior from Hastings who majors in mechanical engineering, will lead the other UNL team (named "FAST") assigned by NASA to analyze the properties of lunar soil. The teams' advisers from the Department of Mechanical Engineering are professor George Gogos and assistant professor Carl Nelson.

Both projects will involve students participating in a series of parabolic reduced-gravity flights that depart from Ellington Field in Houston, Tex. and reach 35,000 feet above the earth's surface. NASA's Microgravity University engages students from several colleges and universities in scientific research that helps our nation's space program to refine its efforts.

Nebraska's expanded presence in Microgravity U this year also includes Elena Hoff, a Lincoln Southeast High School senior, Hoff, who has been accepted as a UNL freshman for fall 2009, will work with Team FAST.

In 2008, a team of UNL College of Engineering undergraduates tested Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags and monitors for NASA mission cargo in zero- and reduced-gravity conditions during flights on a specially-equipped C-9 aircraft.

For more information about Nebraska Engineering's experiences with NASA's Microgravity University, visit, and prior coverage in the UNL College of Engineering's alumni magazine and news archive.

Name: Class: Major: Hometown:


Brett Schlueter (Leader) Senior Mechanical Hastings, NE
Dr. George Gogos(Advisor) Professor Mechanical  
Evan Hilgemann Freshman Mechanical Omaha, NE
Nicholas Kleinschmit Senior Mechanical Fordyce, NE
Charles Bell Junior Mechanical Omaha, NE
Jonathan Hein Senior Mechanical Libertyville, IL

Team PowRED Up

Dr. Carl Nelson (Advisor) Assistant Professor Mechanical  
Andrew Dejka Freshman Mechanical Omaha, NE
Ashley Schmidt Freshman Biological Systems Omaha, NE
Christopher Burton Junior Mechanical Omaha, NE
Jack Mondry (Leader) Senior Mechanical Grand Forks, ND
Andrew Kelley Senior Mechanical Lincoln, NE

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