Mike Hirsch, a 2014 graduate of St. Mary’s, spoke to Mr. Scott DeMaris’ calculus class about his upcoming internship with NASA.

On the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 3, Mike Hirsch, a 2014 graduate of St. Mary’s, spoke to Mr. Scott DeMaris’ calculus class about his upcoming internship with NASA. “Calculus is one of the main things that keeps engineering students from being engineers,” said Hirsch, who is an engineering student at the University of North Dakota. He explained the importance of integrating calculus into programming, which is a big part of engineering.

Hirsch landed his internship by applying online and submitting the required transcripts and letter of recommendation. For four months, he will be interning at the Edwards Air Force Base in Edwards, Calif. The internship deals with microgravity applications for unmanned aerial vehicles.

“They haven’t told me exactly what I’m going to be doing,” Hirsch said. “From what I’ve heard, NASA’s pretty good about getting their interns involved.” As far as he knows, no one else from his college will be interning at Edwards Air Force Base.

Minoring in space studies, Hirsch hopes to one day work in the space industry. He noted there is an increase in space related opportunities, and he’s open to getting involved.