A freshman at the University of Alabama in Huntsville has already directly contributed to the advancement of technology in space. While still in high school in Enterprise, Alabama, Robert Hillan designed a tool for a very unusual competition. The winning design was to be created with a '3-D printer,' on-board the International Space Station. The engineering major recently spoke with WLRH host Shane Scott, and you can stream or download their conversation here.
When he first learned of the opportunity, Hillan said, he thought it might be a scam. He remembers the online ad said something like "get your design in space." Now, the object produced with his winning design orbits the planet with the ISS. Hillan is pursuing his undergraduate degree at UAH, with a double major in engineering.