National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Glenn Research Center

Kier Knight Fortier

Kier Knight Fortier

Kier Knight Fortier

University of Colorado at Boulder
Boulder, CO
B.S. in Aerospace Engineering Sciences, 2014
M.S. in Bioastronautics, 2015

NASA Academy Research Project:
Real-time, multi-modality, multiple cognitive state monitoring to improve aviation safety

Principal Investigator:
Dr. Beth Lewandowski, Dr. Tristan Hearn, and Angela Harrivel

Hometown: Parker, CO


 “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”-Henry Ford. I’ve read a few variations of this quote and all resonate strongly with me. With everything I do, I try my best to maintain a positive attitude. In class, at work, with other people, and simply in life, I have found that optimism is always a great thing to bring to the table. Strangers become friends, goals become accomplishments, and work becomes fun. This helps me chase my dreams, all the while holding on to respect for others and acting with integrity through my life.


This fall I start my senior year at the University of Colorado at Boulder, studying aerospace engineering sciences. Some of my favorite courses that I have taken include aerodynamics, electronic communications, and intro to human spaceflight. I will also begin the BS/MS program in Bioastronautics this fall. During my time here at CU, I have interned with Sierra Nevada Corporation and been involved with many student groups and organizations, such as Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS), The Environmental Center, and Sigma Gamma Tau Honor Society.


The majority of my free time is filled with music related activities. I am in a collegiate a cappella group (Extreme Measures), go to many concerts with friends, and play guitar. Music is a very important part of my life and is a powerful stress relief and means of connecting with other people. I am also lucky enough to live in Boulder, CO, where I can enjoy the outdoors to the fullest. I like to hike, snowboard, and explore the places around me. That being said, I also will jump on any chance to explore the world; I am lucky enough to say traveling has been a huge part of my life. I am very thankful for the opportunities, friends, and family I have been given.


After graduation I would very much like to work in the space industry. The growth of commercial space flight in recent years has been extremely interesting to watch and I think it would be both exhilarating and rewarding to be a part of it. I am studying Bioastronautics because I want to work with human spaceflight; whether that means ECLSS, human factors, or space architecture, I cannot say at this point. I am confident that this summer at NASA Space Academy is going to be life changing and will provide many opportunities to grow as a student and professional in this exciting and ever changing industry. I can’t wait to make life long friends and work with many brilliant and talented people. It is going to be unforgettable and I plan on enjoying every second of it!