Kennedy News

Tracy Young
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

April 30, 2009
RELEASE : 22-09
Local Resident Interns At NASA's Kennedy Space Center
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Vahid Khalili a native of Tehran, Iran, and resident of San Anselmo, Calif., has spent almost four months conducting experiments and designing equipment that will assist in NASA's mission to return humans to the moon.

Khalili, a member of NASA's Undergraduate Student Research Program at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., is working as a mechanical and electrical engineering intern in the applied technology department. His research involves developing and designing mechanical and electrical testing equipment to be used for the excavation of soil on the lunar surface and future destinations such as Mars. The research is critical in NASA's pursuit of "living off the land" by mining lunar soil and turning it in to oxygen. He is also conducting supersonic and nuclear propulsion research that will assist in the design of future spacecraft.

The program offers students internships in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, also known as STEM, disciplines. It is part of NASA's education strategy to attract and retain students pursuing STEM careers. The internship is designed to provide selected participants the ultimate workforce preparatory experience.

Khalili received a bachelor's degree in electrical and mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, Calif., in 2008. He is a student member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society of Engineers, and Pi Beta Sigma Society of Engineers. He will begin graduate school at Berkeley this fall and is pursuing a master's degree in electrical engineering and computer science.

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