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CSULB's First NASA Aeronautics Scholar

Joaquin Martinez, an undergraduate in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, is the first CSULB student to be selected for the NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program. It's a tremendous achievement for anyone, but even more impressive considering Martinez is only 16 years old. 

Here he shares his thoughts on the importance of research as well as the scholarship program.  You can also read more about Martinez in News @ the Beach and the Long Beach Press-Telegram.


I am proud to be CSULB's first NASA Aeronautics Scholar. I first want to acknowledge my NASA sponsor and mentor Dr. Praveen Shankar for creating the research opportunities for me and my classmates, which has made this opportunity possible.

Research is an opportunity to explore your passions. For engineers, it is an opportunity to actually work as an engineer. I am interested in aeronautics and robotics, and so far my research experience has been in building robots, programing robots, and crashing drones, which is why I am an engineer and not a math major.

Hands-on research is an integral part of my education. At the community college I attended, I participated in robotics programs and took digital electronics and industrial technology courses. When I transferred to CSULB, I had the opportunity to participate in the HSI-STEM summer research program and worked in Dr. Shankar's lab. Last summer, I worked with a dozen of my classmates in a robotic arm laboratory that Dr. Shankar created for us. Each of these fun and interesting experiences created the next opportunity for me. I am very excited about the NASA internship that I will participate in next summer and the opportunities that will follow in the future.

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