EDWARDS, Calif. – College student Christopher O'Shea, of North Strabane, credits his father for the excitement he has for aviation. Father and son spent many days at an airport watching aircraft fly, including a memorably sunny one when a bright red biplane performed an aerobatic display.
"Little did we know that these seemingly insignificant trips to the airport would shape my life," O'Shea said.
O'Shea's interest in aviation led him to apply for NASA's Undergraduate Student Research Program. Through this 10-week internship, O'Shea is immersed in aviation technology at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. NASA's Undergraduate Student Research Program offers college students internships at all 10 NASA field centers including hands-on, career-related experiences.
The Allegheny College senior's tasks include installing and evaluating a new computer requirements management tool. Currently O'Shea is assessing the learning curve and capabilities of the software and his final challenge is to write a report for Dryden engineers with recommendations for use of the software.
O'Shea is a 2005 graduate of Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg, where he was co-captain of the swim team and played tenor saxophone in the school's band. He was active in the Civil Air Patrol at the 911th Air Force Reserve Wing.
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