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Student Sketch: Computer Science Student Aims for Space

Exploration into space is breaking new ground for humanity, and many students at Clark College are already getting their head start on the future of space travel.

One such student is David Bennett, a member of the Aerospace & Robotics Club and in his second year at Clark.

Currently working towards an Associate’s Degree in computer science, Bennett says he became involved in Aerospace in part to continue working with Dr. Sophie Lin, his mentor in the undergraduate BUILD EXITO program. The program trains students in scientific research.

At the Clark College Involvement Fair, Bennett displayed the Aerospace Club’s rocket flown in 2018 Spaceport America Cup. (Photo by Joseph Morguess/The Indy)

“She has always provided valuable advice and opportunity,” Bennett says of Lin.

Bennett is fascinated with Aerospace engineering, and cites Elon Musk’s SpaceX as a prime example. 

“I have always enjoyed watching space launches and I think what SpaceX is doing is really cool,” says Bennett. “It’s amazing to watch and explore some of the engineering that goes behind that.” 

Bennett will be involved with the club’s rocket team as they prepare to fly a rocket at the ERSA Spaceport America Cup in New Mexico this upcoming spring. 

“We have really started at square one this year and it’s going to be cool to see how far we can get,” says Bennett. 

For more information on the Aerospace & Robotics Club you can call (360) 992-2469, or reach out to directors Sophie Lin at xlin@clark.edu or David Reeves at dreeves@clark.edu.

The Indy interviewed Bennett during the first week of fall term to hear from students as Clark resumed in-person classes. Other articles can be found in our Student Sketch series.

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