Posted on June 27, 2014
When Sean Mayers thinks about the future, he looks to the stars and considers the possibilities. Mayers, an engineering student at John Tyler, has a keen interest in both aerospace and chemical engineering. That interest was heightened even more when in spring 2014, he became one of only 40 community and junior college students from across the nation to be selected to travel to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center as part of the National Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) project. The experience allowed him to interact with NASA engineers, to learn more about careers in science and engineering, and to participate in a competition to build a prototype Mars rover. Mayers described the trip as eye-opening, because it introduced him to a variety of career options in a field where he has long dreamed of working.
Mayers is already a successful entrepreneur, owning his own janitorial business. He’s also a college graduate, holding a degree in political science. But, becoming an engineer is his passion. “I came to Tyler after my daughter was born, because I wanted to change my life,” he said. “I visited the campus, spoke to the faculty, got excited about the possibilities and started classes.” After he graduates from Tyler, Mayers wants to transfer to a four-year university to complete a bachelor’s degree. He then wants to put what he’s learned to work before beginning a master’s degree. Who would be his dream employer? “I would love to work at NASA,” he says with a smile. “The people there seem to love their jobs and seem to be having a lot of fun.”
That NASA dream job is now becoming reality. A few months after taking part in the NCAS project, Mayers earned a 16-week, full-time, on-site internship at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Through the internship, he’ll spend fall 2014 working with space launch systems. Mayers will return to Tyler to finish his degree in the Spring 2015 semester.
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