Monday, November 24, 2014

Jason Project Researcher Will Speak on Next-Generation Spacecraft

Jason Project researcher and Boeing Space Exploration mechanical engineer Tony Castilleja Jr. will speak about his passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and how it influenced his studies and career during a special public talk at Spring Woods High School on Thursday, Dec. 4. This special public talk will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. in the high school mini-auditorium, and is open to all interested SBISD students, families and staff.

The program is hosted through the district’s Jason Project and is funded through a generous grant from Chevron.

Tony Castilleja Jr. is employed as a mechanical engineer with the Boeing Space Exploration Division. He helps develop and market the next generation of space aircraft, and has worked on the design of Boeing’s CST-100 spacecraft. He also will speak to students during the day on Dec. 4 at Westchester Academy for International Studies, Memorial High School and Landrum Middle School.

Mr. Castilleja holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Rice University. He has served as a panelist at the U.S. Dept. of Education for STEM Best Practices for English Language Learners, and he co-founded the Dream Outreach Program that promotes STEM careers by pairing Houston area high school students with a team of Rice Engineering students as mentors.


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