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Wayne Sutton
MDRS Spaceward Bound Crew 54

Hello, my name is Wayne Sutton.  I am a Senior in the Mechanical Engineering (ME) Program at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). I chose ME because I am always thinking of new ideas that may benefit the world.  I started my education at Parkland College in Champaign IL in the Spring of 2001 and transferred to UIUC in the Spring of 2004 with a 3.94/4.00 GPA.    Other than the Summer of 2006, over the past 3 Summers while I was in college I worked as a subcontractor in roofing and construction of homes and garages. 

I have a very strong insight and a lot of positive energy that is highly contagious.  I love working in groups as a leader or a follower, basically where I am needed to help to complete a task or project.  I love to go fishing, skydiving, and scuba diving.  I enjoy going to college basketball, pro baseball, and pro football games.  I have a passion for hunting Morel Mushrooms, spending time with my family and working for the Habitat for Humanity.  I have a philosiphy in life, “It is truly better to give help to someone in need than it is to receive.”


This opportunity is brought to you by the
NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD)
in partnership with
Mars Society,
NASA Explorer Schools,
Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS),
National Society of Black Engineers - Space Special Interest Group (NSBE - Space),
Space Generation.

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