Try not to
become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.
No human investigation can be called a real science if it cannot be demonstrated mathematically.
–Leonardo da Vinci
Dr. Sean R. Fischbach was a Doctoral Research Assistant at the University of Tennessee Space Institute. He graduated from Aquinas College with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (with High Honors) and a minor in Physics. While at Aquinas College, he won the Spectrum Scholarship. After his graduation in 2001, he spent two years at the University of Tennessee where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. In addition to becoming a member of Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma Honor Societies, he participated in the Great Moon Buggy Competition, NASA’s Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunity, and was later awarded the James L. Howard Engineering Scholarship. After completing his degree in August of 2003, he began graduate studies at the University of Tennessee (UTSI). While at UTSI he received the prestigious 2003 Thomas Jefferson Fellowship and the 2004 Lloyd Crawford Award granted to the most Outstanding Graduate Researcher. While working with Dr. Majdalani (as his Major Advisor) and Dr. Flandro, he completed a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. His project was funded by NSF and has led to five journal articles along with six conference papers. Sean completed his Ph.D. degree in Aerospace Engineering with Dr. Majdalani (as his Major Advisor) and Dr. Flandro in Fall 2007. He is presently a NASA employee.