It was with great excitement that I recently paid a visit to Troy, NY, birthplace of Uncle Sam and home to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), the nation’s oldest technological university. I was set to meet Dr. Riccardo Bevilacqua, assistant professor at RPI, and the students in his Space Vehicle Design class who are using our Systems Tool Kit
(STK) software as part of AGI’s Educational Alliance Program (EAP).
Dr. Bevilacqua introduced STK to RPI a year ago, and this year he required his students to become STK certified
as a part of the curriculum! In total, 37 students passed with flying colors and can now add “STK Certified” to their resumes. Before presenting the students with their official STK Certification certificates and t-shirts, I spoke to them about AGI and the career applications of STK.
We broke into smaller groups for the remainder of class, and I was excited to sit down with the students to find out more about their experiences with STK. Part of Dr. Bevilacqua’s philosophy is to not only teach the students the theories, but show them how to apply them in real-world applications. One group explained how they were using STK for their mission to Mars. I was impressed with how easily the students picked up the software, and how they were able to problem-solve when they ran into difficulties. They are a dynamic group, all passionate about their work and the possibilities that lie ahead.
Learn more about AGI’s EAP program at www.agi.com/edu