ARCS Spotlights

ARCS Spotlights

ARCS Student Spotlight Series

“ARCS has been the jump-start to my career at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The strong community, mentorship, and research opportunities are unprecedented. I am thrilled to launch my career as a full-time business analyst at NASA JPL starting in late May. I am truly thankful for all the encouragement and support from the ARCS community!”

Keiana Samoy


“Overall, I wouldn’t trade my time in ARCS for anything and I can say without a doubt that it was the most valuable experience as a CSUN student”

Donald Palomino


“During my Master’s degree, the CSUN ARCS program provided me with an exceptional platform to enhance my engineering skills. Throughout this program, I had the opportunity to work on three research papers and undertake over ten projects that involved additive manufacturing, biotechnology, and core engineering principles to develop cutting-edge products. I am deeply grateful to CSUN, NASA, the ARCS staff, and my esteemed professor, Bing Bing Li, for their unwavering support throughout my research and academic journey. Thanks to my experience with the CSUN ARCS program, I am now the lead for additive manufacturing at CAD/CAM Consulting Inc. In this role, I leverage my expertise to assist prestigious organizations like NASA, General Atomics, and SpaceX in integrating additive manufacturing into their workflows.”

Axel Fernandes

Student Fellow

ARCS was definitely a stepping stone but that stepping stone launched me. like I took that one step and then that one step just sprung and then I just flew. I would say it’s definitely more than a step stone. It was more of like a way to really see all the possibilities I could have. ARCS showed me multiple networkings that I could have and because of ARCS I met so many wonderful people that have amazing skills and that I can learn from. Like I have a really good friend at ARCS named Sako and he’s an Electrical engineer. We talk about microcontrollers or like what he’s in with this 3D printer and how to fix his 3D printer. I wouldn’t have really met him without ARCS so again ARCS is just an amazing experience. In the end, yes. I believe ARCS was a stepping stone that just launched me.

Nestor Colindres

APX position at JPL

“My ARCS experience was very empowering. To have a research fellowship on a NASA-funded grant was an incredible experience, especially as a social science major. It afforded me opportunities I never even dreamed of achieving. My projects with ARCS taught me a lot about the realities of research, especially human subjects research. The team I worked with was incredible, and very collaborative, so we all learned from each other.”

Rachel Rangel

Won the 2022 SWAA (Southwestern Anthropological Association) Student Paper Competition

‘I am grateful to Kevin (Zemlicka) for seeing my potential and hiring me to be a part of ARCS. Without his encouragement to become an ARCS Fellow I would have never gotten the opportunity to be a part of and present such important research at a conference like the annual Southwestern Anthropological Association conference. I feel so proud to be a part of ARCS.”

Armenuhi Ghazaryan

Student Poster Competition Winner (Honorable Mention) at the Southwestern Anthropological Association (SWAA) Conference

“ARCS has been the ultimate stepping stone for me to reach greater heights. The Fellowship has given me the confidence to practice the knowledge and skills I gained at CSUN and apply them to research. Because of ARCS, I was given the opportunity to define my future goals and work with NASA Engineers towards making a change in the world.”

Sarkis S. Mikaelian

Artificial Intelligence Intern at NASA Langley Research Center

“Thanks to ARCS, I received an internship opportunity to use my user experience and research skills as a designer for a center at JPL.”

Ashley Santiago

User Interface Specialist at NASA JPL Geodynamics and Space Geodesy