Meet: Louis Malone II
College Cooperative Education Student
NASA Johnson Space Center
Who I Am and What I Do
I am a co-op student. I work with the Space Station Training Facility
(SSTF). The SSTF is the primary facility used to train the flight and
ground crews in the operation of the International Space Station (ISS).
I have always continued to pursue my education in
a multiplicity of areas. After receiving my bachelor of science degree
in mathematics from South Carolina State University, I realized that I
wanted to learn more. Thus, I started pursuing my B.S. in computer science
at the University of Houston-Downtown. I want to make learning a part
of my future. Hence, I also want to be affiliated with an institution
of higher learning in some capacity for my entire life.
What I enjoy most about my work here is that I can
make a difference within my area. I have close contact with the SSTF and
the crew. It is really exciting to be a part of the training of the flight
and ground crew for the operation of the ISS. Sometimes, I feel as though
I am in a dream . . . it all seems so surreal. But, I am not in a dream.
And I will do my best to add to the wealth of talent that NASA has to
I am now doing my second tour at JSC. Since my last tour,
many changes have taken place. I am very close to completing my second
degree. Next year, 2003, I will have graduated with a BS in Computer Science.
I am still interested in becoming a permanent full-time employee with
NASA JSC. However, working for NASA is only a "means to an end" , not
an "end to a means". In other words, I will continue my education by going
on to attend graduate school. I would like to eventually realize one of
my loftiest goals -- attending graduate school and completing my doctorate
degree. I recently took the GRE which is the test needed to be considered
for graduate school. I am happy to say that I was able to do really well
on the GRE, hence my prospects for entering graduate school seem plausible.
I recently revamped my
co-op web page. Please feel free to visit and learn more about me
and my family.
I recently married my college sweetheart. She graduated from University
of Houston-Downtown in the fall of 2001. She now attends graduate school
at University of Texas. Her major is bio-statistics. I am so blessed to
have found such a beautiful and wonderful person like her. She is very
intelligent and wise and a great person to be around.
I like to learn a variety of different subjects and
information. I love seafood. I enjoy watching C-Span because I like the
combativeness of Congress. I am a very persistent person. I have always
had impediments placed in my direction. However, with a little prayer
and perseverance, I have overcome many obstacles -- and you can too.
My uncle has played an inspirational role in my life.
He has many degrees of different forms. Moreover, he never gave up on
learning and finally obtained his Ph.D. in his latter years. I would like
to do that as well.
I grew up in Savannah, Georgia, where I have lived most of my life. Growing
up in the South has helped me to realize how blessed we are today, because
of our nation's past. The South is still a nostalgic place to visit. Some
of the old vestiges of the civil war are ever so present even today. I
am humble to have experienced living in the South.
As a kid, I liked to read comic magazines and mysteries.
When I was in 5th grade I wanted to be a lawyer. However, I chose to redirect
my path for now because of my interest in the sciences. Having an interest
in the unknown encouraged me to pursue a career in a science-related field
of study. I have fond memories of being a Boy Scout. My dad always took
me to the scout meetings and I enjoyed every bit of it.
My parents still live in Savannah, Georgia. I like Savannah, Georgia.
However, at this particular moment in my life, I am looking for a more
progressive place to live -- such as Houston, Texas, which is where I
live during my coop tours.
My family enjoys worshiping
together and attending church functions. We also like to commune together
and have fun.
Future plans and goals
I would like to continue to be affiliated with NASA. Working for NASA
has been a dream come true. Moreover, I will eventually receive my Ph.D.
in some discipline; I am leaning towards computer science at this point.
Some day I would also like to become a lawyer.
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