National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Glenn Research Center

Jacob Patrick Poldruhi

Jacob Patrick Poldruhi

Jacob Patrick Poldruhi

West Virginia Wesleyan College
Buckhannon, WV
B.S. in Physics, Math minor, 2014

2013 NASA Glenn Academy:
Logistics and Operations Manager

Hometown: North Royalton, OH


An old Greek proverb says “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” Whatever I do with my time here on earth, I want it to impact the world in a positive way, especially future generations. I want what I do to have an impact, whether it’s starting work on a space elevator to give the world a new reason to look to space, or teaching physics to get people interested in science at a young age. Space is the final frontier, and in a world wrought by war, hunger, and other problems, I see space as a solution. If the world could continue to work towards projects like the International Space Station, and exploring our galaxy, we will likely find answers to these problems.


This coming year I will be a senior at West Virginia Wesleyan College. I am a Physics major with a Mathematics minor. So far I have covered several courses such as Light and Atomic Physics, Calculus, Nuclear Physics, Quantum Physics, Laser Optics, and Solid State Physics. I was awarded a NASA scholarship my freshman year as well as Freshman of the Year in Physics and Engineering. I was awarded a research grant for my sophomore year to research magnetic and mechanical hysteresis. I also received Sophomore of the Year in Physics and Engineering. I completed the 2012 NASA Glenn Space Academy doing research on Photocatlysis for Mild Decomposition of Organic Raw Materials. I was awarded another research grant my junior year to research activation energy and viscosity. I look forward to finishing my degree and whatever higher education that may lie ahead.


Since I work as a Resident Director on campus and volunteer quite a bit for my community service scholarship, I have little free time. When I get a chance, I like to play ultimate or watch movies with my friends. I used to run cross country and track but now I just run for fun off the team. I enjoy most outdoor activities such as rock climbing, canoeing, skiing, or hiking. I also enjoy playing video games, chess, various web series, and reading. I am currently trying to learn Japanese and piano. I suspect my Japanese roommate who plays piano may have influenced this somehow. I want to travel all over the world and learn many other languages eventually.


I am still unsure of what I want to do with my career. If I can find something I will really enjoy that is a good fit, I’ll take it. If I need more school to do something that I feel I should be doing then that is the path I will take. I like the idea of working with NASA or another company on space exploration. However, I also think I would enjoy teaching physics. I hope that my time at NASA will help me decide on a career path so I can focus in on what I am going to be doing for the rest of my life.