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Callan Cranenburgh (2013)
When Callan Cranenburgh graduated, his goals were to Study Engineering Science at UWA and follow that with a Master of Professional Engineering (Reflections 2013).
Having ticked off those goals, the former Head Student spent four months this year on an internship with the US space agency, NASA. Callan was based at the Ames Research Centre in Silicon Valley, working in the Experimental Aero-Physics Branch.
It has been an amazing experience and I have had the opportunity of working with some of the best and brightest people in the aerospace industry.
I was actually fortunate enough to meet the current class of astronauts during one of their visits to the Ames Research Centre. It was a pleasure to spend a brief moment in their presence as they are very driven and devoted people. Astronauts are constantly are working to discover the unknown of the universe, along with everyone at NASA and those associated with space exploration.
After graduating from UWA with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Callan did his Master of Professional Aerospace Engineering at the University of Sydney. The NASA internship gives him the practical industry experience needed to complete his degree.
All interns at NASA are paired with a mentor in their field of work. This mentor is essentially your boss for the duration of your program and provides you with support and direction. My mentor is Dr James Bell, a very astute employee at NASA Ames Research Centre. Dr Bell is a fantastic aerospace engineer and I have learned so much from him.
Six years after leaving Helena, Callan was clear about what Helena graduates take into the world …
Sociability. Something that I cannot stress the importance of enough. Everywhere in life, you will deal with people. I really think that due to our close-knit culture that we were immersed in every day we benefit with amazing social skills. I speak to people in Sydney who had four or five hundred people in their year. I think that the fact that this number almost includes every person at our College says something. We grow close together, both with fellow students and the teachers, this is special. It really is family and I am proud to be a part of it.