National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Glenn Research Center

Adam P. Pfendt

Adam P. PfendtUniversity of Louisville
Louisville, KY

Bachelor’s in Engineering Chemical Engineering expected May 2008
Master’s in Engineering, Chemical Engineering expected May 2009

NASA Academy Research Project

Cryogenic Analysis Tool Applied to the Lunar Surface Access Module
Principal Investigator: David W. Plachta


I am about to enter my senior year of undergraduate chemical engineering at the Speed School of Engineering. The Speed undergraduate program includes three semesters of industry co-op experience, a bachelor’s degree in engineering, and a master’s degree in engineering all in five years. I am also considering graduate education in biomedical engineering or medicine.


I have worked previously in industry for DuPont Fluoroproducts as an engineering co-op responsible for emissions calculations and rate of Vinyl Fluoride monomer production evaluation. I designed and wrote numerous procedure and process updates to increase safety, efficiency, production capacity, and to reduce emissions.

I spent my next co-op term as a Research Associate at the Wood Hudson Cancer Research Laboratory in Newport, KY. WHCRL is a non-profit research organization dedicated to exploring the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer. While working there, I researched the effects of genetic variations on susceptibility to several cancers including prostate, ovarian, and cervical cancers. I took 2nd place in the KY Academy of Sciences undergraduate research competition and am awaiting publication of two proposals presenting the results of genetic influence on susceptibility.

Extra-Curricular Activities

While at the University of Louisville, I devote a great deal of my time to many student organizations in which I take an active role. I am currently the Vice President of the Speed School Student Council and a member of the Judicial Board for Triangle Fraternity to name a few roles. Over the past few years I have participated in over 14 intramural sports and have coached flag football, volleyball, and a choral ensemble.

My favorites include ping-pong, canoe regatta, and flag football. Since the age of five I have played the piano and to this day take great enjoyment in music and the arts. In Louisville I frequent plays, musicals, and jazz clubs and love playing ultimate frisbee at Waterfront Park.