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SWOSU Student Lands 10-Week Internship with NASA

May 15, 2012

Kelli Simon
Southwestern Oklahoma State University junior Kelli Simon (left) of Purcell has been selected for a 10-week internship beginning June 4 at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. With Simon is NASA Oklahoma Space Grant Institutional Representative Madeline Baugher.

Kelli Simon, a Purcell junior majoring in engineering technology at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, has been selected for a 10-week internship beginning June 4 at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. 

Simon will be working on a “Wind Tunnel Wall Interference Archive Management Project” with mentor Dr. Joel L. Everhart.

Simon said she applied for the summer internship with NASA due to the encouragement and support of some professors and chair of her department.  She thought it might be a long shot for a student from a small university in western Oklahoma to land the position but was pleasantly surprised to learn she got it.

“I am utterly grateful to all the work that has gone into making these opportunities possible for students like me,” Simon said.

SWOSU has had many internships for students with NASA over the years. SWOSU’s ties with NASA date back to the 1960s when SWOSU graduates worked with the Gemini and Apollo missions. Simon looks forward to gaining knowledge during the internship that will further her capabilities.

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