Thomas joined the Air Force straight out of high school, and over the next six years, he traveled the world. As an engineer, he went ahead of the Army and Marines, preparing communication and transport infrastructure for his fellow soldiers. He saw duty in South Korea, Afghanistan and Iraq. Throughout this time, he was also taking classes towards a degree in computer and electrical engineering.
After his tour was up, he moved to Orlando where he continued to serve as a member of the National Guard and attended the Unversity of Central Florida full time.
He was recently invited to work at NASA over the summer, helping to develop the next generation launch platform. With technical advances in rockets used to launch satellites and the eventual shuttle replacement, the pads that they take off from need to be updated, too. With his work in electronics, combined with his security clearance from his years with the Air Force, he was a natural for the job.
Thomas will be designing the technology behind the BIG RED LAUNCH BUTTON. This “button” sets off a sequence of events, checks and validations, and if everything comes back green, the launch is a go.
Once his summer work with NASA is completed, Thomas has great plans for the future. He has applied at Texas Instruments, the NSA and, of course, NASA. The work he does this summer should look great on his resumé.
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