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MDRS Crew 115

Matthew Miller, Commander

Matthew Miller is a 5th year Aerospace Engineering undergraduate at Georgia Tech. He has participated in an array of aerospace related ventures spanning from the AIAA Design/Build/Fly, private aerospace consulting, to academic undergraduate research. As Theodore von Kármán once said, "Engineers create the world that has never been." Ever since standing under the Saturn V at Kennedy Space Center in grade school, Matthew has had the desire to contribute to the construction of the next generation of human space flight unlike anything the world has ever seen.

Jackie Alexander, Crew Geologist/Health and Safety Officer

With hopes of one day being an astronaut, Jacqueline Alexander applied to Georgia Tech and successfully entered the class of 2014 to major in aerospace engineering. She is on scholarship through Naval ROTC, and a member of Mars Society, and African American Student Union (AASU). She is very interested in aviation and astronomy. An interesting fact about her: As part of training with the US Navy, she flew a T-34C (the first plane students at flight school learn to fly), lived on a US Submarine for a week, navigated a US Navy ship, and spent a week with the Marines over the summer. Jackie grew up as a military brat. She was born in Savannah, Georgia and has lived in Hawaii; Columbus, Georgia; Fayetteville, North Carolina; Seoul, South Korea; and Vienna, Virginia. In her free time, Jackie likes to play the piano, work-out, and socialize on facebook.

Jordan Bell, Mission Support Specialist

Jordan is a second year engineering student from Herndon, Virginia and a member of the Honors Program. She is interested in rocketry and I hope to intern for NASA this summer. Currently she is a Resident Advisor and the Principal Bassist for the Symphonic Orchestra. This past summer she interned at the National Air and Space Museum, Udvar Hazy Center.

Shelby Bottom, Mission Support Specialist

Shelby Bottoms is a first-year Aerospace Engineering student at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is from Overland Park, KS and plans to work in the space industry upon graduating in 2015. On campus, Shelby is on the Georgia Tech Goldrush Dance Team and is involved with Emerging Leaders, Engineers Without Borders, Christian Campus Fellowship, M&M Mentoring, and Astronomy Club. She has a passion for space, and as a teenager she attended astronomy camp, many years of space camp, and held a summer internship at NASA Johnson Space Center. She is very excited to be a part of MDRS Crew 115!

Jenny Dowling, Executive Officer

Jenny Dowling is a 5th year aerospace engineering major and is excited to be graduating in the spring of 2012! She will be continuing with graduate school after graduation for a MS in aerospace engineering. After attending space camp for the first time in elementary school she enjoyed it so much that she returned two more times for space academy and advanced space academy in Huntsville, AL. She co-oped at NASA Kennedy Space Center in the expendable launch vehicles fluids and propulsion group with a rotation into the shuttle environmental control and life support systems group. She was also a Propulsion Academy intern this past summer at Marshall Space Flight Center. She is the vice president of Georgia Tech's AIAA chapter and is an avid swing dancer and treasurer of Georgia Tech Dance Association. She is really excited to be a part of the MDRS 115 crew!

Graham Kosiba, Crew Engineer

Graham Kosiba is a 3rd year Mechanical Engineering student at Georgia Tech. He was born in Gainesville, GA. Graham has always had an unquenchable thirst for science and learning. Space has always been a source of passion and true wonder for him. Like so many, he grew up claiming to become an astronaut, he is still steadfast in his claim. On campus Graham is the Vice President of the Planetary Society at Georgia Tech and a member of the Glee Club. As a co-op student he alternates school and work semesters for GE Aviation in Cincinnati, OH. Outside of academia Graham enjoys longboarding, listening to and playing music, and climbing trees. He is looking forward to this research opportunity immensely and can't wait to ship out to Mars.

Chrissy Redmond, Mission Support Lead/Public Outreach                    Coordinator

Christine Redmond is a sophomore studying Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech. Christine served as Health and Safety Officer and Outreach Officer on crew 101 in spring 2011. Her interest in engineering was first sparked after watching the movie October Sky in the fourth grade. Competing in the Sally Ride Toy Challenge throughout middle school and spending a few weeks at Space Camp in Huntsville Alabama locked her heart on NASA. She has spent the past three summers at NASA's Goddard Space and Flight Center working in the Mechanical and Advanced Manufacturing branches. She hopes to work for NASA after finishing her formal education.

Jacky Silva, Mission Support Senior Advisor

Jackelynne Silva is a first year Aerospace Engineering graduate student at Georgia Tech. She earned two bachelor's degrees from Rutgers University in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Spanish Translation and Interpretation, with a Minor in Mathematics. Prior to her joining Georgia Tech, she worked for Lockheed Martin, Space Systems Company as an Antennas Mechanical Design Engineer and as a Systems Integration and Test Engineer for commercial and government satellite programs. Her research experience includes reliability of lunar structures and the design and construction of a space elevator climber. Jackelynne has been an active member of SHPE, SWE, and AIAA. In her recent roles, she served as Chairperson of the AIAA Greater Philadelphia Section and as organizer and session chair of ICES-Space Architecture Technical Committee. Jackelynne's interests are human space exploration, human factors, life cycle systems engineering, design and construction in extreme environments.

Lisa Thornsberry, Chief Scientist

Lisa Thornsberry is a fourth-year student pursuing a major in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and a minor in Spanish at Georgia Institute of Technology. She grew up in the Atlanta area in Milton, Georgia. Lisa became interested in human space flight after living in Houston, Texas during the summer of 2011, where she had the opportunity to tour Johnson Space Center and attend several presentations by astronauts. Lisa is involved in several campus organizations and is president of Mobilizing Opportunities for Volunteer Experience (MOVE), Georgia Tech's largest community service organization. Lisa is an active member of Buckhead Church.

Kyle Yawn, Chief Engineer

Kyle Yawn is a fourth year Aerospace Engineering student at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also pursuing a minor in Nuclear and Radiological Engineering. Born and raised in Bonaire, GA, Kyle was given a passion for human spaceflight in middle school thanks to a wonderful teacher. Through the International Science and Engineering Fair as well as the Team America Rocketry Challenge and the Student Launch Initiative in middle school and high school, Kyle was able to gain valuable experience early in scientific and engineering processes which made him that much more passionate about spaceflight. He has spend the better part of the past two years working at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and NASA Johnson Space Center covering a variety of roles from exploring methods to remove lunar dust from space suits, designing and certifying hardware for use on the International Space Station, developing an atmospheric processing module to produce methane from the Martian atmosphere, as well as supporting real time maintenance operations on board the International Space Station. Kyle believes that humanity must remain focused on human space exploration and that the Earth has incredible benefits waiting when we begin traveling outside of low Earth orbit once again. He plans on working for NASA upon graduation.