Rockets and Music and Travel…Oh My!

Hello again!Trevor

As I mentioned in my previous post, I was given the opportunity to travel to the NASA White Sands Test Facility in Las Cruces, New Mexico as a part of my internship with Jacobs Engineering. I have been working on a project to design a rocket test stand as a part of the Orion space capsule development, and in order to more accurately conduct our calculations, my project manager invited myself, the lead engineer, and a designer to accompany him on a trip out to the facility in New Mexico.

Due to the government involvement in this project, unfortunately I was not allowed to take any pictures while I was at the site. The guards with M-16 assault rifles at the entrance gate really reinforced the idea that this visit was not to be taken lightly! Over the course of my three days in New Mexico, I was privileged to walk where Space Shuttle engines were tested, explore Cold War-era command bunkers, and enjoy some of the best Mexican food I have ever had. The culmination of this trip was in my presentation of my work to a board of 30+ engineers, project managers, and board members from NASA, Aerojet Rocketdyne, and Boeing. My school presentations have suddenly become much less intimidating…

My other major experience this summer was a trip up to Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania for a week-long choir camp with the Royal School of Church Music. I was blessed to sing with 200 of the best voices in America as we learned and performed a selection of classical and religious choral music. Among our repertoire was Psalm 90 by Charles Ives, Missa Sancti Nicolai by Joseph Haydn, and My God How Wonderful Thou Art by Richard Scarth. Hopefully I will be able to post recordings of our singing when they are released this winter!

That’s all for now, y’all…up next, a swimming leadership retreat, Resident Assistant training round 3, and the start of my final year at Hope!

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