Carson Rearick

Hometown: Bargersville, IN
Student Classification: Junior
Major: Astrodynamics and Space

Why did you choose Aeronautics and Astronautics?
I always had a knack for design and a deep intrigue in space, as well as a passion for subject areas such as physics, chemistry, and mathematics.

Best event or organization you’ve participated in within AAE?
Most definitely Purdue Space Program, specifically the Satellite team, as it gives me a way to more practically apply knowledge gleaned from classes..

Best event or organization you’ve participated in outside of AAE?
Every once in a while I'll go to Purdue Metal Club meetings, which is an organization that revolves solely around the appreciation of heavy metal.

Why did you want to be an AAE Ambassador?
Personally, I wanted to spread awareness about how exciting and unique an opportunity it is to be in AAE and engineering in general here at Purdue.

Favorite place on campus?
The library on the third floor of the mathematical sciences building, as it's a quiet and quaint study space with a nice view wherever you decide to sit.

Favorite class you’ve taken thus far and why?
It would have to be AAE 251, as it serves as a sampler for the six specializations in aerospace, and the homework assignments and projects were very intriguing.

What is one piece of advice you would give to a potential AAE student?
Try to get as involved as you can during your time here, whether it be through research, aerospace organizations, career events, workshops, etc.

Who is someone you look up to in the Aero/Astro industry and why?
While he may be a controversial figure in general, I look up to Elon Musk for his ingenuity and intense drive in making humanity a multiplanetary species.

What motivates you to succeed?
The desire to contribute in any way, big or small, to the improvement of and enhanced understanding in space travel once I get into the workforce.

What is your ultimate career goal?
To work on any aspect of satellites and/or rocket launch vehicles for a large-scale company, such as Northrop Grumman.

What do you like to do when you’re not studying/in the lab or classroom?
When I'm not busy with my studies or in the classroom, I enjoy spending time with friends, practicing guitar, reading sci-fi, or playing videogames.