Senior Wins Big Helping Build Cable for NASA

Team 16022 from left to right: Andrew Rocha, Kyel Powell, Laura Haferkamp, Giuseppe Lo Voi and David Greif.

Systems engineering senior Kyel Powell can now add "award-winning author" to his resume.

He co-authored a paper, "Space-Rated Fiber Optic Cable Design for NASA's Orion Spacecraft Heat Shield Spectrometer," with his interdisciplinary capstone design team, and their work just took second place in the Technical Paper division at the 2017 AIAA Region VI Student Conference.

The team's NASA-sponsored project is a custom fiber optic cable assembly for the upcoming Exploration Mission 1, which will test the Orion spacecraft's reentry capabilities.

From left to right: Team members Andrew Rocha, Kyel Powell, Laura Haferkamp, Giuseppe Lo Voi and David Greif.

University of Arizona College of Engineering