To Mars and Beyond
“Without the help from The Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children and St. Joseph Regional High School (SJR) I would not have been prepared to push the academic boundaries that opened the road to the options I have available now.”
Steven Doyle is one of many outstanding SFIC alumni. Not only is he a graduate of St. Joseph Regional High School (Class of 2011), Steven recently received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He majored in Aerospace Engineering, with minors in Biology and Chemistry. Steven is continuing his education by pursuing a Masters in Aerospace Systems Engineering.
Steven was not only an alumni of a SFIC scholarship, he also participated as part of the SFIC Advanced Space Academy Summer program during the summer of 2010. The SFIC Advanced Space Academy scholarship, funded by the generosity of Mark and Kathy Walchak, sends six (6) Catholic high school students to an Advanced Space Academy camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Al every summer (since 1996). Steven credits this program for peeking his interest in Science and Technology. He received some college credit for attending the program from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, which he then went on attend and pursue his engineering interests “Aside from engineering, I am also interested in medicine, specifically the field of medical and radiation oncology.”
He has received recognition for his work and participates as a researcher in various projects including research on the analysis of Low Wind Speed Turbine Blades for optimization of Green Energy Power. He writes, “I have completed a vast range of engineering design projects…I also am actively involved with two research projects, one of which combines my loves of engineering and medicine. Currently, I have one finished thesis which analyzes potential radiation dangers and risks that a manned mission to Mars would pose. The paper outlines the radiation effects from both man-made sources, such as the desired propulsion system chosen, as well as natural sources, such as from GCRs and SPEs.”
His next step after achieving his Master’s degree will be his MD/PhD.