Nicholas Faber

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Student Classification: Junior
Major: Design

Why did you choose Aeronautics and Astronautics?
I love everything to do with both flying and space, so the school of Aeronautics and Astronautics was a natural choice for me.

Best event or organization you’ve participated in within AAE?
The Purdue Space Program holds a special place in my heart. I have been a part of their organization since my freshman year, and it has given me many friends and countless memories.

Best event or organization you’ve participated in outside of AAE?
I was dedicated to marching band throughout high school, so it was a natural step to join the All-American Marching Band here at Purdue. It came with so many amazing experiences, including playing a bowl game and marching down the Indy 500 track.

Why did you want to be an AAE Ambassador?
I love talking to people who share my love of all things that fly, as well as hearing stories of those interested in Aerospace Engineering. Everyone has a unique story behind why they're interested in aerospace..

Favorite place on campus?
I'm really partial to the Chick-fil-A on campus, but the HSSE library in the Stewart Center is also a great place to sit down and have some quiet study time.

Favorite class you’ve taken thus far and why?
I really enjoyed introduction to fluid mechanics. It was one of the first classes I took that directly addressed the concepts behind why aircraft fly and how to model flow through tubes.

What is one piece of advice you would give to a potential AAE student?
Make friends in all your classes. Engineering is difficult, but having people to work on homework assignments and share ideas with makes the work so much more enjoyable.

Who is someone you look up to in the Aero/Astro industry and why?
Mike Massimino (A NASA astronaut who worked on Hubble) is one of my greatest role models. His story of becoming an astronaut revolves around persistence in the face of repeated setbacks.

What motivates you to succeed?
Space-related companies are springing up everywhere, trying to reach beyond Earth and discover more about the universe we live in. The knowledge of how much we have to explore is what keeps me motivat

What is your ultimate career goal?
I want to be a part of the next generation exploring space and inspiring people through science and engineering.

What do you like to do when you’re not studying/in the lab or classroom?
I spend my free time simply relaxing with my friends, modeling rocketry dynamics for my club, or flying around the area in general aviation planes.