Community Aerospace Scholars - NASA

CAS is an engineering program funded by the State of Texas and administered by NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) offered only to community colleges in Texas.   Each year, SPC Math & Engineering (SPCME) department chooses a group of 10 SPC students who have excelled in the areas of computer science, engineering, mathematics, or the sciences to participate in a two-day engineering project at Johnson Space Center in Houston.  The students participate in a team project directed by NASA engineers, attend engineer, scientist, and astronaut briefings, tour NASA JSC facilities, and interact with other students from across Texas.


  • SPCME has participated since 2002
  • SPCME has had 3 Scholar-of-the-Week (MVP) recipients
    • A Scholar-of-the-Week is chosen by NASA engineers at the end of the competition among all participants and schools.  A most distinguished accomplishment.


  • NASA offers interships, CO-OPS, and scholarships through the CAS program.
    • SPCME has had 10 students participate in interships, 1 student receive the Columbia Crew Memorial Scholarship, 2 students receive a CO-OP, and 1 student who is a full-time NASA employee since the program has began.
    • Assignments during interships include the following:
      • Orion Cockpit Design
      • Advanced Spacecraft Propulsions Systems
      • Orion Crew Module Cockpit Hardware Design and Fabrication for Mid-fi Mockups
      • Software, Robotics, and Simulation Division
      • Avionic Systems Division
      • Astronaut Radiation Exposure Analysis System
      • Constellation - Spacecraft Conceptual Design
      • Non-Destructive Evaluation methods to assist in Flaw Fabrication Processes

Team members

  • Our 2012 CAS team are a variety of majors.  We have 2 electrical engineering majors, 1 civil, 1 petroleum, 4 mechanical, 1 computer science, and 1 math major participating.

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