Vandals Voyage: Engineers from the University of Idaho share project excitement

It’s been quite the journey for a group of chemical engineers from the University of Idaho.

The group is at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to see their science project get blasted off into space.

We will be following them every step of the way. So, make sure you’re following along for the ride.

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Scroll down for the latest updates from the team:

Here’s what they were up to on day 2:

Dec. 18, 2021 | 5:15 p.m.

Roslyn McCormack, a recent graduate with a degree in chemistry and chemical engineering says she’s most excited to see all their hard work finally pay off as well as see what the Kennedy Space Center has to offer.

Dec. 18, 2021 | 3:15 p.m.

On top of their hard work, the team is enjoying time together! Some of the students are recent graduates, so this opportunity NASA brought them all together again.

Dec. 18, 2021 | 3:07 p.m.

The #VandalsVoyage team is super busy in the lab today!

Dec. 18, 2021 | 12:43 p.m.

Travis Lindsay, a recent U of I graduate with a B.S. Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry and a current graduate student at the University of Montana, says he’s most excited to see the different components of the launch process. And, to eat good seafood.

Dec. 18, 2021 | 12:41 p.m.

Recent chemical engineer graduate and current grad student at UC Davis Niko Hansen says he’s most excited to visit the Kennedy Space Center. Plus, finally being able to see the culmination of hundreds of hours of hard work come together.

Dec. 18, 2021 | 12:39 p.m.

Recent chemical engineer Kael Stelck says he’s excited to spend some time in Orlando during the winter to escape the cold.


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The group of engineering students was one of five picked from across the country for NASA’s Student Payload Opportunity With Citizen Science (SPOCS) nationwide competition.

Here’s why the University of Idaho says it’s so important:

Their research will test how microgravity impacts the efficacy of polymers known to resist bacteria adhesion on Earth. Polymer coatings will be tested on an aluminum alloy used in many high-contact areas throughout the ISS, such as handrails and door handles. 

You can read more about their project here.

We will be following these chemical engineers as they sent their project to the International Space Station. You can follow along on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.