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OAI Hosts CSBR Interns for Afternoon of Education, Fun and Hands-on Learning


Littleton, Colorado – On June 29th, Oakman Aerospace Inc. hosted 24 Colorado Space Business Roundtable Summer Interns at their Littleton facility. The afternoon was spent engaging the interns through education, outreach, and hands-on problem solving. The interns had the opportunity to tour OAI’s clean room and integration laboratory to see the projects currently underway, gain career advice from President and Chief Systems Engineer Stanley Kennedy, Jr., as well as compete to design a 1U CubeSat mission that maximized capability while minimizing cost.
 
Ryan McCormick (current OAI Summer Intern & CSBR Summer Intern) and Neil Friedman (OAI Software Engineer, previous OAI Summer Intern, and previous CSBR Summer Interns), organized the hands-on challenge. “We wanted to give real-life scenarios to the interns to highlight the difficulty most aerospace engineers face every day. Programs are full of decisions to cut costs or increase capability and the students were able to get a taste of that dilemma through these demonstrations”. – Ryan McCormick
 
OAI enjoys being able to be a part of the CSBR Summer Intern program and continues to look for ways to enhance and increase STEM outreach for developing the next generation of space enthusiasts.
 
Background:
 
Oakman Aerospace, Inc. (OAI) is a veteran, woman-owned small business focused on total end-to-end space systems engineering providing: rapid and responsive space system architectures, modular spacecraft/satellite design & development, mission/payload and data distribution services, and, specialized RF phenomenology, products and services.
 
Colorado Space Business Round Table is a non-profit corporation promoting the growth of space and space-related industry in Colorado for existing and entrepreneurial businesses and activities; function as a business organization, develop and strengthen relationships among all members of the Colorado high technology community; to serve as a forum for the presentation and exchange of vital business-building information; support educational initiatives designed to satisfy Colorado high tech employment needs; help attract more space related businesses to Colorado, act as and facilitate the growth of said organizations and if needed offer CSBR as a tool for the success of that organization; CSBR also sponsors programs and seminars on subjects relating to the forgoing.