EDWARDS, Calif. - As a young child, Jordan Jensen's first flight experience in a Cessna 172 led to a lifetime interest in everything associated with aircraft. He could not have foreseen that this early fascination would lead to a position with NASA.
Jensen, a resident of Aurora, Neb., is a student in the Cooperative Education Program at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center located on Edwards Air Force Base in California. As a NASA co-op, Jensen alternates semesters at school with semesters at NASA Dryden. He works in a full-time, paid position directly related to his field of study, aerospace engineering. He is a student at Wichita State University with an expected graduation date of 2011.
Jensen arrived at Dryden in January and will continue working at the NASA field center until the fall semester begins at Wichita State. He is assigned to the Aerodynamics and Propulsion Branch within Dryden's Research and Engineering Directorate. He is tasked with monitoring engine health from a Dryden control room during Intelligent Flight Control Systems research missions on a highly modified NASA F-15 aircraft.
Additionally, Jensen is assigned to an aircraft acoustics research project. An array of microphones placed on Rogers Dry Lake, adjacent to NASA Dryden, will take noise measurements while aircraft fly over the lakebed, with the ultimate goal of developing quieter aircraft technology.
A graduate of Aurora High School, Jensen has been actively involved in community outreach. He is an instructor at the Edgerton Explorit Center where he will be teaching a summer camp about aeronautics in August.
He also works with the Summer Orientation About Rivers, or SOAR, program. Last year, Jensen flew a small remote controlled plane with a camera mounted on it over the Platte River and Griffith's Prairie to give SOAR students a view of Nebraska from the air.
For more information about NASA Dryden Flight Research Center and its research projects, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden on the Internet.
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