Pedro Salazar to participate in another prestigious NASA program
DMACC Boone Campus student Pedro Salazar of Des Moines, has
been selected as a summer 2020 NASA internship recipient. Salazar, a 2015
graduate of Des Moines East High School, was recently chosen to participate in
the NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, Calif.
Salazar will be working on “Building Short-Range Drones for
Search and Rescue Operations.”
“I will be designing and assembling drones that can be used
for U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue missions,” Salazar said.
Salazar is no stranger to NASA. During the fall 2019
semester, Salazar was chosen to participate in the 12-week NASA Lucy Student Pipeline Accelerator and Competency Enabler
(L’SPACE) Virtual Academy. The virtual program was designed around NASA’s
upcoming 2021 Lucy mission to explore Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids for the
He said he also completed the NASA Community Aerospace
Scholars (NCAS) program and is currently in the NASA proposal writing and
evaluation experience, where he develops and evaluates a NASA proposal.
“I felt that NASA has opened many doors for me and other
DMACC students,” Salazar said. “These opportunities had helped me grow both
individually and intellectually. In the Academy, they are always telling us of
different opportunities within the agency for undergrads and encouraging us to
apply. I hope that this will encourage more students to apply for these
Salazar said his paid 10-week internship begins June 1 and
ends Aug. 7.
After completing his studies at DMACC this May, Salazar plans to transfer to a
four-year college or university to pursue a degree in Aerospace Engineering
with a minor in International Business, and then attend graduate school.
“I hope to one day work at NASA as an engineer after the
completion of my bachelor's and Ph.D. degrees,” Salazar said.
“Pedro was the first DMACC student to participate in the
NASA L’SPACE Virtual Academy, and is now continuing his relationship through a
paid summer internship,” said Dr. Nancy Woods, DMACC Boone Campus Professor of
Math and Physics. “I’m very proud of him.
“Pedro and his team will be doing research with drones that
ultimately could save lives.”
To view the types of research Salazar will be working on, click here.
For more information, contact: Dr. Nancy Woods (515) 433-5061