Milwaukee School of Engineering
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Justin McElderry is a second-year student studying at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Justin is a second-time recipient of WSGC’s NASA Internship and Undergraduate Scholarship. He has been selected for this week’s #WSGCStudentSpotlight!
As a mechanical engineering student at MSOE, Justin is part of the NASA Robotic Mining Competition as well as the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). On the NASA Robotic Mining Competition Team, Justin acts as a sub-system lead for the Material Handling sub-system of the team. Through experimentation, Justin and his team work to develop engineering mechanisms and components that could assist NASA’s robotics on a mission to Mars.
Justin has worked with NASA before, taking an internship with NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and with the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. His microgravity experiments (SoLIDD and MMaJIC) have already been contracted out, to be sent up as space flight hardware for the International Space Station. Justin will be returning to NASA Marshall Space Flight Center to continue his microgravity experiments.
Outside of school and work, Justin’s hobbies include 3D printing, bicycle restoration, car maintenance, and cooking. His goal is to earn a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, continue his work with NASA, and eventually become an astronaut on the ISS to conduct his experiments.
Congratulations Justin McElderry, and best of luck to you in your future endeavors!