National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Glenn Research Center

Taichi Murata

Taichi MurataUniversity of California
Los Angeles, CA

  • B.S. Electrical Engineering, June 2013

NASA Academy Research Project
Catalyst Processing and Analysis for Green Fuel Production (Subsonic Fixed Wing Project)

Dr. Aloysius Hepp and Dr. Ana De La Ree

Hometown: Riverside, CA

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Professional Certifications

FE/EIT certification (California State Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, & Geologists).

Honors & Awards

  • Eagle Scout                                                                             
  • Sigma Alpha Lambda National Collegiate Honor Society
  • Honor Band of America in Tournament of Roses Parade

Professional and Educational Objective

I am currently finishing my undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering at UCLA with emphasis in Technology Management. Various topics on renewable energy always intrigued me, and I’d like to continue learning how space technology can be utilized for practical applications on earth to enhance our energy grid. After finishing my undergraduate degree, I plan to pursue a dual MBA/MPP program emphasizing in Energy & Environmental policy; aspiring to make an impact on the current energy infrastructure.

Hobbies and Interests

Outside of my professional and academic life, I enjoy spending time with my family whether it’s playing recreational tennis or visiting art museums. In addition, I also take time to enjoy our beautiful mother nature with outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, zip-lining, and sea-kayaking. There are numerous places around the world that are very fascinating to visit. If I ever had a chance, I’d go visit & see the European continent. Performing arts was certainly part of my childhood: I was part of the marching band that went to the Tournament of Roses Parade (a lot of teamwork skills acquired there!). In my spare time I enjoy swing dancing (Cha-Cha style) and watching Broadway musicals.