Scholar of the Week

Ivan Ramirez      
Georgia Tech University

Ivan Ramirez is an aerospace engineering graduating senior from Georgia Institute of Technology. A HENAAC Class of 2014 Scholar, he received a $2,550 scholarship sponsored by NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.

With a current 3.51 GPA, Ivan is part of the School of Aerospace Engineering Honors Program. He has achieved the Dean’s List multiple semesters in 2011, 2012, 2013 and has distinguished himself as a 2013 NACME Scholar. His focus and determination stand out all the more in the competitive aerospace engineering environment.

Characterized by his peers as hard working and dependable, Ivan has an extensive list of internship experience. He has interned with NASA Johnson Space Center as a project engineering developing the portable telepresence system used to test various types of telepresence equipment and created the neck joint of the Avatar robot through rapid prototyping and 3-D printing. He also work as a co-op as a Spartan Operator, and was responsible for developing the early anomaly detection database that is used to monitor live data from the International Space Station and became command certified for the Spartan group in order to control the thermal and electrical systems of the station. Ivan has also conducted research at Georgia Tech designing and building an inflatable wing used in the development of an easily deployable, autonomous, reusable and compact aircraft that can carry payload to hostile environments.

Ivan is not only a stand-up guy but also the kind of guy who would stand up for others, as noted by one of his peers. He is the type of friend that offers his time and assistance when needed, treats everybody with respect, and sees the best in people.

It is this giving persona that led him to be a student mentor for the Crotona Summer Program in New York, where he taught young boys the importance of education, becoming leaders and seeking moral truths to become better men.

Fluent in Spanish, CPR certified, and an Eagle Scout, Ivan aspires to become a NASA engineer and perhaps the next flight director of mission control.

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