Leonardo Vallejo is a member of the Northrop Grumman-sponsored MDP Printing Martian Dust Team. As a Material Science and Engineering student, Leo is helping the team with a feasibility study to determine if items needed for exploration could be solely 3-D printed on Mars. Mars rovers and satellites have identified locations of potential natural resources which contain the raw materials and elements that make up the same products that we feed into our 3-D printers here on Earth. If these materials could be used, the energy and effort to send items into space could be saved.
“MDP has positively changed my Michigan experience,” notes Leo. “I feel much more prepared for challenging problems. I have learned strategies to tackle these issues head on.”
Building from his first MDP experience, Leo has taken on additional challenges. Leo was awarded a summer fellowship to conduct research as part of the MDP Assistive Vision team under Professor Lauro Ojeda. After graduating, Leo plans to pursue a graduate degree and work for an aerospace company conducting R&D for future spacecraft.
Major: Material Science and Engineering, Class of 2020
Printing Martian Dust