First Space Studies Ph.D. candidate Graduates!
Space Studies had its first doctorate graduate from the joint Aerospace Sciences Ph.D. program, Kavya Manyapu, who successfully defended her dissertation entitled Spacesuit Integrated Carbon Nanotube Dust Mitigation System for Lunar Exploration. Manyapu is a Flight Crew Operations and Test Engineer at the Boeing Company working on the CST-100 Starliner Program. She also works as a Mission Evaluation Room (MER) Duty officer supporting ISS Flight Operations. Just prior to receiving her degree, an interview of Dr. Manyapu was featured in recent online Seeker article about her lunar spacesuit dust mitigation research. The author of this report was UND Space Studies M.S. alum and current Ph.D. candidate, Elizabeth Howell. This article may be found here.