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From Berks to the Moon

Matt and Dr. Diamandis
Matt Woods (left) is pictured with Dr. Peter Diamandis, founder and chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation which is hosting the Google Lunar XPRIZE. Diamandis is holding the 3-D printed parts to build the rocket.

Matthew Woods, a senior Mechanical Engineering major who began his studies at Penn State Berks, is part of the Penn State Lunar Lion Team, which is attempting the first-ever university-led mission to the moon.

Woods’ role in the Lunar Lions Team is the Additive Manufacturing Lead, working with 3-D printing, an innovation he discovered in the Creativity, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Center while he was a student at Penn State Berks.

At University Park this past semester, he used a 3-D printer to help construct the Lunar Lion Team's first rocket engine. The team hopes to launch a rocket in 2016 and inspire a new wave of incoming students.

For his work on the Lunar Lion Team, Woods received the Boeing Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Junior Award, a prestigious decoration that recognizes high achieving Mechanical Engineering students with an interest in aerospace.

The Lunar Lion Team, which signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA and is funded by donations, is competing for the Google LunarX prize, which involves cash awards for successful efforts in robotic space transport.

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