Published: Jan. 29, 2023

Samuel KurtinSamuel Kurtin has received a 2023 Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship.

An aerospace master's student, Kurtin will receive a paid internship and executive mentorship through the program, which is designed to inspire the next generation of commercial spaceflight leaders.

Samuel Kurtin is a second-year graduate student at CU Boulder studying aerospace engineering with a focus in bioastronautics.

After completing his undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering at UT Austin, he worked full-time for one year as a satellite operator at Lockheed Martin Space in Colorado.

Since starting graduate school, Samuel has pursued his passion for human spaceflight through several internships including producing mockups for Orbital Reef at Sierra Space, researching Human System Interaction technologies for the Human Landing System (HLS) at NASA’s Langley Research Center, and developing vehicle-level test plans for Lunar Permanence at Blue Origin.

Upon graduating, Samuel aims to make human spaceflight safer and more routine for the benefit of Earth, and he hopes to work aboard a future space station or lunar base later in his career. In his free time on Earth, Samuel enjoys trail running, snowboarding, climbing, and playing drums.

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