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Alum Dylan Faherty wins NASA award


January 8, 2020

Dylan Faherty and James “Vegas” Kelly

Dylan Faherty ('17) was presented the Trailblazer award by astronaut James “Vegas” Kelly.

MSE congratulates Dylan Faherty (B.S. ’17) for winning the Trailblazer award from the NASA Spaceflight Awareness Directorate, an arm of NASA dedicated to outreach and recognition for support of manned spaceflight activities. Dylan earned the award for his work on the Orion spacecraft propulsion systems, which will be used for the Artemis missions that will orbit the moon in 2020. The systems will also be used to send humans to orbit the moon in 2021, to land humans on the moon again by 2024, to establish a space station around the moon, and eventually to get humans to Mars.

Dylan has been employed by Aerojet Rocketdyne since graduation from UW. In addition to the Orion spacecraft propulsion systems, he has worked on small design and manufacturing support tasks for other monopropellant and bi-propellant in-space propulsion systems for satellites and various scientific mission probes. Dylan will share his knowledge and experience with MSE students on January 17 as part of the department’s new Friday Leadership Seminar series held in winter quarter.