- HS: Liverpool, Class of 2015
- Major at OCC: Engineering Science
Brian Richardson’s career goal came into focus on the morning of May 16, 2011 at Cape Canaveral. “I was in Florida with my aunt and uncle. I convinced them to take me to watch a shuttle launch.” It was the final launch for the space shuttle Endeavour and it made an indelible impact on Richardson. “I saw that and I was like, ‘That looks really cool!’ I started taking engineering classes in high school and got really interested in becoming an aerospace engineer.”
Four years later Richardson graduated from Liverpool High School and came to OCC. “It’s been excellent here. The professors really care about the students. They go all out for you. They’re very knowledgeable. They will work as hard as they can to make sure you succeed.”
In the spring 2016 semester Richardson was one of five OCC students selected to participate in NASA’s Community College Aerospace Scholars program. Richardson traveled to Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia where he had the opportunity to work side-by-side with NASA Engineers on special projects.
This spring Richardson is working on another NASA mission. He’s co-leading a team of OCC students designing a device which will remove soil samples underwater. The effort will culminate in May when OCC’s team will travel to Texas. Students will spend four days at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab at the Johnson Space Center in Houston where they will see astronauts use what they have designed. “It will be a great experience. We are really looking forward to it.”
Richardson plans to transfer to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach where he will pursue a four-year degree in Aerospace Engineering.