NASA SEMAA Students Pursue STEM Degrees/Impact STEM Workforce
Three SEMAA graduates received the 2007 NASA SEMAA Next Generation Pioneer Award. This prestigious national award is presented annually to leading NASA SEMAA graduates for their long term participation in SEMAA and subsequent accomplishments related to the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM.
Tamela Jones participated in SEMAA at Wayne State University of Detroit, Mich., for eight years, and has since graduated from Wilberforce University with a Bachelor's of Science in Computer Science. Tamela is currently working on her Masters in Management Systems/Information System Management at the Keller Graduate School of Management. In addition to her graduate studies, Tamela is employed by the Corporate Internet Group of JP Morgan Chase, where she works as a Researcher for the Safety and Evacuation Team.
Liam Rattray participated in SEMAA at Fernbank Science Center of Atlanta, Ga., for six years, during which time he began the SEMAA LINKS Engineering Team and developed an eight-week curriculum module for SEMAA high school students that resulted in the conversion of a commercial truck to run on pure waste vegetable oil. Liam is currently a sophomore and honors student at the Georgia Institute of Technology, majoring in Public Policy.
Manuel Sosa participated in SEMAA at New Mexico State University of Las Cruces, NM for four years; during which time he was an honors student and began the Gadsden High School SEMAA Club. Under Manuel's leadership, the SEMAA Club took on two major engineering design challenges; in which they built a 15' microgravity droptower that they presented during the 2006 X-Prize Cup, and designed a Moonbuggy that they drove in the 14th Annual Great Moonbuggy Race Competition. Manuel is currently a freshman at