NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars

Boyd Reynolds: From the Army to NCAS

Boyd ReynoldsSelf-described as poor and underpaid, Boyd Reynolds faced unemployment, even with experience as a former serviceman in the U.S Army. He received an Honorable Discharge from the Army then struggled to find a job – even though he had experience. Due to these challenging circumstances, he decided to pursue a degree in Electrical Engineering. In order to support his educational endeavors, Reynolds worked full time processing medical records close to where he lived.

Boyd’s inspiration in science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM) came from his father, who worked at Texas Instruments for 25 years. Looking up to his father inspired Boyd to think about what he could achieve in a technology career while maintaining his interest in space and extended space flight.

While attending the North Harris Campus of Lone Star Community College, Boyd saw a presentation about NASA’s Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) program. Immediately following this presentation, he applied and was accepted into the online portion of the program. After completion of the online portion, he was invited to a NASA center.

"We designed robotic rovers to collect rocks on a simulated Martian surface," said Boyd, describing his NCAS experience. "One of the most memorable moments on-site was the tour of the International Space Station (ISS) mockup and robotics that NASA was working on."

Boyd encourages potential NCAS students to "keep studying, eliminate all distractions, and to always stay positive".

"The engineering field will always keep you on your toes and motivate you to maintain interest in your field of work," Boyd said.