Craft Academy at Morehead State University
Open to students from anywhere in grades 8-12.
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Team may be subject to change due to schedules.
Selected by NASA in January 1990, Dr. Thomas became an astronaut in July 1991. Dr. Thomas has served in the Safety, Operations Development, and Payloads Branches of the Astronaut Office. He was CAPCOM (spacecraft communicator) for Shuttle missions STS-47, 52 and 53. From July 1999 to June 2000 he was Director of Operations for NASA at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. A veteran of four space flights, STS-65, STS-70, STS-83 and STS-94, he has logged over 1,040 hours in space as a Mission Specialist.
Twyman Clements is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Space Tango. Twyman leads a multidisciplinary team to deliver automated products that operate in the microgravity environment of low-Earth orbit (LEO). Twyman is frequently recognized for Space Tango’s innovative contributions to developing a new market infrastructure in LEO. He was inducted into the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame and is a 2018 recipient of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business. Under Twyman’s leadership, Space Tango is maturing these research and hardware capabilities for sustainable manufacturing in space where microgravity is an asset to both the production process and their partners. Space Tango continues to excel in providing efficient and cost-effective product development cycles and rapid delivery of configurable systems to Fortune 500 companies, startups, research foundations, and academic institutions. Prior to Space Tango, Twyman served as a senior space system engineer at Kentucky Space where he developed high altitude balloons, CubeSats and other ISS hardware. Twyman received a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Kentucky in mechanical engineering where he first began developing the original product architecture for Space Tango.
Gentry Barnett is the TangoLab Program Manager for Space Tango. In this role, Barnett designs and manages custom research payloads for the Space Tango’s facilities aboard the International Space Station. With the aspiration of expanding advancements in the field of medicine past the boundaries of Earth, she additionally researches and develops various Exomedicine experiments for evaluation within the TangoLab facility. Barnett earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Kentucky. Prior to her current appointment, she designed injury prevention and rehabilitation devices for the sports medicine and spinal cord injury populations.
Danielle Gibson is a recent graduate of the Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics at Morehead State University. During her time at the Academy, Danielle and fellow student, Will Casto, worked with Dr. Fultz, a biology professor at Morehead State University, to design and launch a smooth muscle experiment to the International Space Station. She will be attending Morehead State University as a junior, pursing a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences and continuing her research inexomedicine.
Dr. Michael Fultz is an Associate Professor of Biology in the Department of Biology and Chemistry at Morehead State University. Dr. Fultz received in B.S. and Masters’ Degree in Biology from Morehead State University and his Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Marshall University. His publications reflect his interest of cytoskeletal remodeling during smooth muscle contraction. His current project, in collaboration with Space Tango Inc. and the Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics, investigates the cytoskeleton of smooth muscle cells in a microgravity environment.
Dr. Benjamin K. Malphrus is Professor of Space Science at Morehead State University where he also directs the University’s Space Science Center. He served as project director of the design and construction of the 13 M Morehead Radio Telescope and more recently the 21 M Space Tracking Antenna operated by the center. He has served on the scientific staff of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, as visiting scientist at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility and on the faculty of universities including the University of South Carolina and West Virginia University. He is author of a book on the evolution of instrumentation in radio astronomy. He has initiated and participated in numerous educational initiatives including the development of space science and astrophysics degree programs at Morehead State and the design and construction of a Low Earth Orbiting Satellite.
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