From Berks to the moon

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 recognition given to 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.

Last Updated August 05, 2014