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NASA selects TWU student Emma Zemler as Texas Aerospace Scholar


DENTON — Texas Woman’s University student Emma Zemler recently was selected as a Texas Aerospace Scholar by NASA’s Universities Space Research Association. She is one of 15 university students from a national pool selected for the internship program and is spending the spring semester working at the NASA – Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Ms. Zemler, a junior from Corinth, is enrolled in the TWU and University of North Texas dual degree program in engineering and math, majoring in math at TWU and electrical engineering at UNT. She also was selected as a High School Aerospace Scholar for NASA in 2008.

As part of her Texas Aerospace Scholar internship, Ms. Zemler is working on testing the protective circuits of lithium ion batteries to ensure that the batteries used in camcorders don’t malfunction in space. She also attended the launch of the last Space Shuttle Discovery in Florida on Feb. 24 as part of her work for NASA.

“The fact that I am working hands on in an area that is so important to safe space travel is an incredible learning experience,” Ms. Zemler said. “I also am getting the experience necessary to get a job at NASA after I graduate.”

Ms. Zemler eventually would like to work for NASA Mission Control as a flight controller.

“Emma is doing very well on her project, and, once it was discovered that she is a math major, several people asked her to help them with projects,” said Katherine Crouse, internship program coordinator for the Texas Aerospace Scholars.

The Texas Aerospace Scholars’ Internship Program is administered by NASA’s Universities Space Research Association in partnership with the Aerospace Academy under the Strategic Education Alliance. The program seeks to recruit talented students in academic disciplines relevant to NASA’s mission. Participating students must be alumni of NASA’s High School Aerospace Scholars and Community College Aerospace Scholars.

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