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Ten QCC Students Earn NASA Fellowships

Through a unique Space Grant Program, 10 QCC students were awarded with $1,000 fellowships from the MA Space Consortium to continue their studies in science and engineering.

The fellowships were awarded to students enrolled in the Spring 2016 semester in STEM programs that are most relevant to NASA, such as Engineering, Computer Science, Robotics, Electronics and Manufacturing. The selection was based on merit and participation in volunteer activities relating to QCC.

The Space Grant program was established under the National Aeronautics and Space Administration with a vision to harness and focus the creativity and ingenuity of leading space science researchers and educators to build initiatives to “inspire and prepare” U.S. students to enter STEM degree pathways and careers, as well as to contribute to public understanding of science and NASA’s mission in sustaining U.S. leadership in space exploration. 

The Space Grant program is a unique national state-based network in 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. The more than 1,000 Affiliates of the 52 Space Grant Consortia work collectively to meet the nation’s needs for developing and training a high-tech workforce to sustain a robust U.S. space science and space exploration program.

The MA Consortium, based at MIT, as lead institution, has 24 members and has been active in the Commonwealth for over 25 years, providing a variety of education funding and resources in pre-college through graduate levels.

The following students were awarded the fellowships:

Glen Berger (Computer Science)
Gregory M. Carlson (Electromechanical Technology)
Adrian Cummings (Mechatronics)
James Gangemi (Computer Systems Engineering Technology)
Timothy John Hatton (Engineering -- Mechanical)
Alexander Kant (Engineering – Aerospace)
Daniel Kelley (Electrical Engineering)
Emily Marie Riendeau (Engineering)
Tony Sanders (Electronics Engineering)
Benjamin James Secino (General Studies – Engineering concentration)

Innovations, Community Partnerships Build Buzz in Worcester at the Corporate Breakfast

March 11, 2016, Worcester Senior Center

The buzz is building in Worcester. This was the message Katie Stebbins, Assistant Secretary of Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship for the Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, delivered at Quinsigamond Community College’s corporate breakfast Friday.

Comparing the city’s components to a crew team, she said “Worcester is really starting to row together in a significant way, through innovation, collaboration, and leadership. These things aren’t happening in isolation, they are happening here together, this is why the buzz in Worcester is starting to grow so rapidly.”

Ms. Stebbins worked in Springfield for 20 years before her appointment last spring to the office of Housing and Development, so she said she understands and appreciates the challenges of Gateway communities.

“Worcester is generating buzz, and you are really lucky to have a community college in your midst that gets it, this is a really special thing to have here,” she said.

She said Massachusetts is the No. 1 leading technology state in the country, and the state needs to let people know that. The state has 30 percent employment in innovation economy and the state leadership is looking to invest and support growth in the sector.

“There is world-class education in this city,” Ms. Stebbins said, citing WPI. “People know good graduates are coming from here and QCC is supporting that pipeline of students.”

Students Learn More About Astronomy with New Telescope


Members of The Alden Astronomical Society visited Quinsigamond Community College to discuss astronomy and demonstrate a telescope donated to the college earlier this year.

On April 29, John Root, Library Telescope Program Coordinator, and Jim Zebrowski, Aldrich Astronomical Society President, gave a presentation about the history of the telescope donation program and amateur astronomy. They discussed star hopping, a technique to find objects in the night sky; aurorae; meteorites; and many other topics.

Attendees included Charles Stevenson, who donated the Modified Orion StarBlast 4.5 inch Astro Reflector telescope in honor of his wife, Jodi LaBoffa. She is a QCC student in the Human Services Department, and also attended the event. Students from Professor Andria Schwortz’s astronomy classes (SCI 140 and SCI 135) attended, along with friends and family, staff and other community members. There was a lively Q&A session afterwards.

Unfortunately it was a cloudy night, so they were not able to observe the stars on that night. The telescope is available to be checked out from the library, with a kit that includes a variable zoom eyepiece, instruction manual, guide to constellations, and head lamp. It can be checked out for one week at a time.