Chris Teubert

Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa

Aerospace Engineering
Principal Investigator: Dr. Carol Stoker

I grew up in Dodgeville, WI with my parents and younger sister. My interest in astronomy and spaceflight began in elementary school where I was fortunate to have the encouragement of my teachers and my parents. The school librarian was always on the lookout for new space books to help fuel my passion. As a small child I would draw the space shuttle and detail how I imagined inner working of the vehicle. In middle school an essay I wrote about my interest in science and space won me a chance to attend Space Academy in Huntsville, Alabama, further stimulating my interest.

Since then I have continued developing my love for space; participating in projects such as NASA’s University Student Launch Initiative (USLI) and CanSat. My Junior year, as USLI team captain, we designed and constructed a controlled descent vehicle (CDV). The CDV was released from a rocket at which point the vehicle and its payload were guided to a chosen landing site.

My interests were further explored through my involvement with the Iowa State Space Society (ISSS), the local chapter of Students for Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS). My Junior year, as president of ISSS, I organized rocketry projects, astronomy and outreach events, guest lectures, and our Yuri’s Night celebration.

Beginning May 2011, as a Research Assistant with the Asteroid Deflection Research Center (ADRC) at Iowa State University, I was part of an undergraduate team developing an asteroid deflection mission design tool. My research was presented and published at the 2011 AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference.

I worked as a student intern at NASA Ames Research Center from August to December 2011 as part of the Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP). During that time, I analyzed plug load data and trends, and developed automated programs using inductive monitoring to monitor and manage electrical loads and system health and published two papers on the subject.

To prepare myself for working in the space industry, I chose classes in Astrodynamics, astrophysics, astronomy, and Spacecraft Systems to better refine my skills. My professors and friends were very supportive in helping me explore my interest in spaceflight. During my final year in college I completed my senior design project as part of a team. We designed a mission to rendezvous with the asteroid RQ36, take a sample, analyze said sample, and transmit the results back to Earth. May 2012 I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Iowa State University.

Interests and Hobbies

In my free time I enjoy stargazing with my telescope, reading, cooking, camping, and travelling to new places. My love of travelling began when, in spring of 2009, I studied for one semester at Delft Technical University in the Netherlands. During the 6 months I spent there I had opportunities to explore much of Europe. At the time I start this internship I will have just returned from a two week trip to Belgium and Germany. I have no doubt that I will continue to travel throughout my life.

Future Goals

After my experience at NASA Academy this summer I hope to find a fulfilling job at NASA or in the private spaceflight sector working on the front lines of spacecraft and mission design. I hope to be able to use my passion and experience to make significant contributions to the development of spaceflight.