TNCC Student Participates in NASA Scholars Program at Johnson Space Center

Published: October 28, 2010

Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) Mechanical Engineering student Trevor Jackson enhanced his classroom studies with hands-on experience during NASA’s National Community College Aerospace Scholars program October 20-22 at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Jackson was among 90 students chosen from community colleges in 23 states to participate in the pilot program. The students were chosen based on their performance in a NASA web-based summer program that explored topics in engineering and technology.

“I’ve always had an interest in performance mechanical engineering, mostly automotive, but really an interest in anything mechanical that is top of the line. … Because of the size and prestige of NASA, engineers are given a huge amount of resources,” Jackson said.

During the three-day program, Jackson worked alongside NASA experts in the engineering design and production of robotic explorers. This allowed students to simulate the processes used by NASA engineers for solar system explorations. Jackson also joined other students to establish a mock Mars exploration company.

Jackson, a Poquoson resident, enrolled at TNCC in 2008 after being stationed at Langley Air Force Base. After fulfilling his military obligation, Jackson became a full-time student at TNCC. He plans to pursue a Bachelor’s degree at the University of New Orleans and participate in a student cooperative learning program at NASA’s Stennis Space Center.

Thomas Nelson offers degrees in several areas, including Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET), Electrical Engineering Technology (EET) and other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs. For more information about courses in Engineering, Science and Allied Health visit or call 825-2700.


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