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A recent ME alum wins the NASA University Student Design Challenge

June 21, 2021

A recent ME alum, Skye Rummer (Class of 2021), won the University Student Design Challenge by NASA!


NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland recently announced the winners of its University Student Design Challenge.

“This year’s design challenge brought together undergraduate students with diverse knowledge and backgrounds from across the country,” said Darlene Walker, director of Glenn’s Office of STEM Engagement. “They used their resourcefulness to contribute to NASA’s mission while building crucial technical, communication, and team-building skills.”

The 2020-2021 University Student Design Challenge featured two space-themed projects. Space Challenge I charged students with designing a system that can perform science and exploration anywhere in the solar system with little to no modification to enable lower cost missions.


Space Challenge I winner, AURORA, created a universal chassis with plug-and-play science instruments and mobility capabilities that could streamline robotic exploration across our solar system.

Team AURORA members are:

Dr. Craig Hardgrove, advisor, and Nicole Swatton of Arizona State University, Tempe

Skye Rummer of University of California Merced

Ben Harte of Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga

Delano Campos of University of California, Los Angeles

Xavier Salcido of Washington University in St. Louis


Congratulations, Skye!