Ga. Tech Grad Student Speaks to Members of Congress

Students Express Support of Space Programs

Erik Axdahl, an aerospace engineering graduate student at the Georgia Institute of Technology, recently traveled to Washington, D.C. as part of the Citizens for Space Exploration (CSE)initiative. CSE works with elected officials, corporate and individual contacts to ensure continued political and public support for the nation's space programs.

Axdahl joined undergraduate and graduate students from colleges and universities across the nation to inform U.S. Congressional members of the importance they place onthe space program. The students wanted to ensure that their representatives were aware of their support of NASA.

Axdahl noted, "It's important to be on the Hill to put a face on the space program." Axdahl is from Duluth, Minnesota, where he graduated from Duluth East High School in 2003. He received a bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics degree from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis in 2007.

The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the world's premier research universities. Ranked seventh among U.S. News & World Report's top public universities and the eighth best engineering and information technology university in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities, Georgia Tech’s more than 20,000 students are enrolled in its Colleges of Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Management and Sciences. Tech is among the nation's top producers of women and minority engineers. The Institute offers research opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate students and is home to more than 100 interdisciplinary units plus the Georgia Tech Research Institute.