Energy Tech Student Receives NASA Scholarship

Shauna Muns received a $5,500 scholarship from NASA to build a sensor and control unit for a rocket stove. Muns said she heard about the scholarship through an email sent by the program director. “Who doesn’t want a scholarship from NASA?” Muns said. “The more research I did, the more interested I was.” A rocket stove is an efficient and hot-burning portable stove that uses small wood fuel pellets. Muns is testing the efficiency of the stove using different fuels, while also measuring emissions. Energy technology teaching assistant Tim Chester is working closely with Muns on the project. He said since there has not been a lot of research on the stoves before, they are excited to get factual information out there.Muns will present her project at the Montana Space Grant Consortium Student Research Symposium in April. Muns and Chester are working on building different versions of the stove to test efficiency and gather data for pictures and videos. But the project doesn’t end there.

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NASA Scholarship 
Demonstration of sensor input using the Raspberry Pi

The Rocket Mass Strove Diagram

Shauna with Jen Fowler from the Montana Space Grant Consortium