NASA Aerospace Scholar

Alex Pompo’s career goal is to work in the aerospace industry. He’ll be getting a first-hand look at how the industry works in October when he represents OCC in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars Program. The Engineering Science major was selected to attend as part of a nationwide competition. He will spend three days at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama working side-by-side with NASA Engineers. “I’m very excited about going,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity for me.”

Pompo’s selection continues the tradition of OCC being well represented in the competition. Since 2012 NASA has chosen 257 Aerospace Scholars nationwide including 14 from New York State. Eight of those 14 students have come from OCC. Dr. Fred Jaquin is Chair of the College’s Chemistry and Physical Science department. He tells students about the program and encourages them to take part. “Our students are competing and winning in this nationwide contest,” he said. “Their accomplishments are tremendous.”

In October Pompo will be OCC’s latest participant and New York State’s lone representative. He’s a 2012 graduate of West Genesee High School who initially attended a four-year college before deciding to come to OCC. “I appreciate the small class sizes here. It’s much different when you are in a lecture hall with more than 100 students and you can never get in touch with your professor.”

Pompo is a member of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa and was voted the organization’s Vice President for Scholarship this semester. He plans to graduate from OCC in 2016.

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