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Alcorn Advanced Tech student interns with NASA, makes ambitious future plans

Megan Sullivan NASA intern

Megan Sullivan.

Alcorn State University student Megan Sullivan currently participates in the NASA Langley Aerospace Research Student Internship Program that is being held in Hampton, Virginia. Sullivan, a senior, majoring in applied science with a concentration in geographic information systems and homeland security science technology in the Department of Advanced Technologies, was selected among five hundred students nationwide to participate in this ten-week enrichment program enhancing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

At NASA Langley Research Center, Sullivan is being exposed to invaluable experiences, like working with VITAL GIS Team and VITAL Strategic Planning Team. “Working with these two teams is so exciting! I feel so grateful for this once-in-a-life-time opportunity,” shared excited Sullivan. “The projects I participate in range from surveying land usage, measuring buildings, and working with new types of communication systems to creating emergency preparedness plans, and inputting all this information to establish a master facility list for NASA.”

Sullivan added, “I am also thankful to Alcorn and my instructors in the Advanced Technologies Department for preparing me well for this internship. I am especially grateful to Dr. Yaw Twumasi, my mentor, for believing in me, pushing me to work hard, and teaching me to be determined to achieve my goals.”

Upon graduation from Alcorn, Sullivan has some ambitious plans: first, to continue her education by pursuing a master's degree at the University of Southern California, majoring in geographic information science and focusing on transportation, and urban policy coordination. And after receiving her master's degree, Sullivan would like to work with the White House Domestic Policy Council.