Caitlin King (right) and Keiko Fujii (left)
Caitlin King’s lifelong love of space was rewarded this fall in the form of a prestigious $8,000 NASA scholarship from the Oregon Space Grant Consortium. The George Fox junior mechanical engineering major was one of only 15 students in the state to receive the award for the 2014-15 academic year.
It marked the second straight year a George Fox student earned the scholarship. In 2013-14, Keiko Fujii (pictured left), a junior computer science major, won a $5,000 award from the consortium. To earn the scholarships, King and Fujii wrote essays explaining how the money would help with their educational goals and, in turn, how those educational goals would prepare them for careers that ultimately benefit the NASA community.
King is considering a career in aerospace engineering. “I enjoy the challenge of building things as a solution to a given problem – the creative side of engineering,” she says. Fujii hopes to couple her computer science degree with her favorite hobby, photography, by helping develop a solution to the challenge of getting high-quality pictures from space. “There tends to be a lot of noise in the photos, particularly when taking long-exposure shots,” she says. “I’d love to help come up with a solution to that problem.”