Fusion Propulsion Science for MultiPlanetary

Scholarship Entrant: Ezra from Menifee, CA
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Ezra: 1

Developing faster rocket propulsion systems for manned space exploration is my chief career goal. As an applied physics major, I aspire to help bridge cutting edge plasma research and engineering methods for the development of a nuclear fusion driven rocket (FDR). NASA and top innovative aerospace companies are highly engaged and interested in fusion technologies because of the vast energy density gain of nuclear fuel when compared to chemical combustion energy, and also because the mechanism for creating a fusion reaction creates no radioactive by product.

To enter into this area of research, a strong educational background in a STEM related field is required. Earlier this summer I was selected by the physics department at CSUSM to be part of the Summer Scholar Program and spend 10 weeks designing, assembling, and testing an ultrahigh vacuum system. This research experience in vacuum technology, which is utilized in plasma physics, has been among the first steps toward achieving my dream. After my undergraduate degree in applied physics, I plan to attend graduate school and earn a masters degree in aerospace engineering. The final step is to join a team of talented people in the commercial or government sector that aspire to make this goal a reality.

A break through in FDR would result in faster and longer space exploration capabilities that would help advance the mission of making human life multi-planetary. While no small task, this is my field of interest where I will carve my niche in the edifice of time.

Vote for Ezra: 1

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