Reflections on Summer at JBKnowledge
Howdy, my name is Tanner Cilento and I am an Accounting Major at Texas A&M University class of 2017. I am also a member and officer of the Texas A&M Crew Team. I was born and raised in Clear Lake, TX, which is the home of the Johnson Space Center. Growing up in a community that is so deeply involved in NASA, I have had the pleasure of growing up around many scientists and engineers who work with very advanced technology.
Here at JBKnowledge, Inc., I am a Business Development Intern and have been working here since the middle of May. This summer I have had the pleasure of learning all about the technology used in the construction industry. Like I mentioned before, growing up in a space community, I usually would always associate technology with things like rockets, satellites and space rovers. Though working at JBKnowledge over the summer has really opened my eyes to all of the technology being used and developed for architecture, engineering and construction. I can even begin to see the parallels between technology used in the construction field and technology being used by NASA today. One such parallel is the usage of drones.
NASA has been developing drones that could potentially be used to help map out foreign worlds such as Mars. NASA is now developing a drone called Prandtl-m, which is a fixed wing aircraft that will have the capability to fly through the Martian atmosphere and be able to help map the planet’s surface in greater detail than is possible with normal satellites. Prandtl-m will greatly increase the amount of the Martian surface that we have currently surveyed because past Martian rovers have driven less than 40 miles so far. NASA isn’t the only one using drones to survey and map land. Currently, construction companies are beginning to implement drone technology to get aerial views and survey job sites to better help their construction process and improve safety.
As my time at JBKnowledge comes to an end, I am reminded about all that I have learned this summer. I have enjoyed, not just the knowledge I’ve acquired here, but also the people who make this company so great. I’ve also been able to widen my view on the uses of technology, so that I no longer just associate advanced technology with space exploration.