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Dr. Kurwitz and Students Test Advanced Radiator System for Future Spacecraft

May 18, 2016

A student team of the Systems Engineering Initiative (SEI) program recently completed a set of test flights in support of a NASA Game Changing Technology Program. The DoVR (Demonstration of a Variable Radiator) Team consisting of three engineering undergraduate students designed, developed, and tested an experiment under zero gravity conditions as part of a larger program to test a novel spacecraft thermal management technology. Juan Duran (NUEN), Victor Ibarra (NUEN), and Aldo Sosa (ELEN) working with Dr. Cable Kurwitz designed a flight package for suborbital testing and were abl...
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Two Palacios High School Students/POWER SET Members Going to Summer Camps

May 2, 2016

Chasity Nguyen, daughter of Kevin and Destinie Nguyen, has been accepted into Texas A&M University's BioForce III: My Role in the Future of Medicine Summer STEM Academy. Chasity is a junior at Palacios High School and is a second year member of POWER SET. "BioFORCE is a residential STEM summer program of the National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing that exposes high school students to the amazing process of how cutting-edge research and medical discoveries become new drugs and pharmaceutical treatments. BioFORCE prepares students for college programs in engineering and sci...
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Palacios POWER SET Dissects Cow Eyeballs at University of Houston

March 28, 2016

On Tuesday, March 15th, POWER SET traveled to the University of Houston to tour campus and participate in a cow eyeball dissection facilitated by PhD and graduate students. After an extremely informative general tour of campus, members went to visit Dr. Naash's lab in the Biomedical Engineering Department, which focuses on diseases of the eyes such as retinitis pigmentosa. Led by Rahel Zulliger, Maggie Mwoyosvi, and Lily Wu, students paired up and were able to complete their own dissection of a cow eyeball, learning about the different areas of the eye, diseases related to the eye...
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Palacios High School’s WIT and POWER SET Students Host the 5th annual Science on Saturday

March 21, 2016

Palacios High School's WIT and POWER SET students hosted the 5th annual Science on Saturday (SOS) on February 27th. The event, sponsored by the Nuclear Power Institute (NPI), highlighted fun and educational science experiments and demonstrated by PHS WIT and POWER SET students. SOS is an exciting science program for the young and young at heart, presented free of charge to all who attend. This year, additional demonstrations were presented by Wharton County Junior College (WCJC) instructors from various departments, including nuclear processing, and digital engineering. There were a...
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Sweeny High School POWER SET Participates in "Women in Industry" Conference

March 14, 2016

On Friday, February 19th, members of Sweeny High School POWER SET participated in the first annual "Women in Industry" conference at The Galvez Hotel in Galveston. The day-long conference introduced POWER SET members to the opportunities available for women in the petrochemical industry. It was a day of motivation, success stories, career strategies and networking. The keynote speaker, Patricia Hairston of GSC Solutions, was motivating, telling the audience that "You Can Do It", and giving 5 keys for developing a career in non-traditional industries for women. Another noteworthy spe...
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