won NASA contest, a living example of how study leads to success

Santo Domingo.- «When we hear the name of our institution, we jump for joy», This is how the conversation begins with the student members of the Armstrong team of the Specialized Institute of Studies Superiors Loyola (IEESL), which won the Safety Awards, awarded for best safety plan throughout the project in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge 2024 competition.

Smiling but a little shy, George Luis Fermín Valverde, José Manuel Ramírez Aquino, Andry Pulá De Jesús and Carlos Miguel Wagner Marmolejos arrived, all from San Cristóbal, a province located 29 kilometers from Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, they explained. that seek to show young Dominicans that through knowledge all goals can be achieved, without having to fall into bad steps.

“You can be successful by applying good study as a basis,” they highlighted.

The young shared with El Día all the experiences of those days in the city of Alabama, United States, where the contest took place, ranging from the first experience for some on a plane to the advice that NASA experts gave them. .

The team, made up of 18 young people between the ages of 19 and 22, competed against 60 institutions from 12 countries and 24 states in the United States. They received this award for demonstrating a best-in-class comprehensive approach to system safety as it relates to their vehicle, personnel and operations.

Team Armstrong during the conversation with El Día.

The Titan II rover, the name of the project, which they defined as their “baby”, demonstrated exceptional performance in the various competition tests, from navigating irregular terrain to overcoming technical obstacles.

“Putting our ingenious, creative thinking into practice and, above all, providing solutions to problems, was vital for the team to stand out and win this important award at NASA.”

We invite you to read: From San Cristóbal to NASA, the Loyola students who won the Human Exploration Rover Challenge 2023.

During the competition, the team demonstrated leadership, ingenuity and innovation, for which they were recognized for their resilience and constant effort.

“It was already an honor to represent not only the country, but also our institution and each of the students.”

They explained that to obtain the award they worked for months for more than 18 hours a day, in which they could not fail to fulfill their academic, personal and family commitments, which represented an additional sacrifice.

The team is made up of the students: Román Jáquez (leader), Imer Peñalo (co-leader), George Fermín and Wilmer Jiménez (mechanical assistants), Rosángela Romero (STEM manager), Carlos Wagner (STEM assistant), Eddy Ortíz (official security), Anderson Báez (design and manufacturing manager), Trinity Dipré, José García, Genesis Guillén and Ángel Brito (design and manufacturing assistants), Darlin Sierra (telemetry manager), Andry Paul and Lemuel Reyes (telemetry assistants ), Miguel Domínguez and Nathalie Brito (advising teachers).

Why Armstrong?

The team was originally scheduled to be called Verne in honor of Jules Verne, a French writer, playwright and poet, famous for his adventure novels and a precursor in the literary genre of science fiction. Jules Verne was the first to conceive within this genre the visit of human beings to the Moon in his famous novel: “From the Earth to the moon”.

Neil Armstrong was an American astronaut, aerospace engineer, war pilot, test pilot and university professor and the first human being to set foot on the Moon, the young people explained.

“This is an award that recognizes the team’s resilience and constant effort,” the students concluded.

They stated that having been awarded is a source of motivation for them and other young Dominicans who wish to participate in future international competitions.

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