A Moraine Valley Community College student, from Oak Lawn, is among the approximate 40 college students who will converge at Langley Research Center in Virginia as part of NASA’s National Community College Aerospace Scholars program.
Salam Mulhem qualified for the on-site program which runs from June 24 to 27 after successfully completing a five-week online course. “It was as interesting as it was challenging. I’m very proud that I did so well in the online portion and now get to go to Langley,” she said. Among the many events and activities planned, her stay will include a behind-the-scenes look at the space center, an opportunity to meet and engage in panel discussions with NASA scientists and participation in competitions.
“Space always has been very fascinating to me,” Mulhem said. “My parents are ecstatic, and I’m so happy to be part of this program. The people at NASA really value community college students because they know we’re already good at juggling schedules, classes, a job, home life, and other things.”
Mulhem is in the Engineering Pathways program at Moraine Valley and will transfer into the engineering program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a member of the Honors Program, Phi Theta Kappa, Robotics Club, and is the founding president of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) club. Mulahem, who graduated from Oak Lawn Community High School, also works in the college’s Student Life Office.
“I’m excited about the trip, and I’m really looking forward to learning everything I can,” she said. “Right now I’m torn between computer engineering and aerospace, so I’m hoping for some inspiration while I’m there on which career path to choose.”