SOMERS, N.Y.-Adam Howie is reaching for the stars. The recent Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute graduate, who majored in aerospace and mechanical engineering, has worked on projects for NASA and is now studying for his master’s degree in mechanical engineering.

As a student at Somers High School, Howie attended the New Visions engineering program at the Career and Technical Education Center at Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES.

“It was one of the most important things I have done, 100 percent!” Howie said. “I knew I wanted to be an engineer, and I really loved the hands-on aspect of New Visions engineering.”

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The 2013 Somers High School graduate attended the Tech Center in his senior year.

“It seemed to cover more than would have been available to me in high school,” he said.

Howie interned with an RPI lab last year on NASA-sponsored research where he designed a material testing chamber to safely get protein samples into orbit. The project was a stepping stone to a similar project that will be run on the international space station in 2019.

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