Michael Ward was one of those kids in school that always said "astronaut" whenever someone asked what he wanted to be when he grew up. He still may give that answer now in his 30s. But now robotics in space has really captured his attention, and he is currently adding to a B.S. in Industrial Technology with an A.S. in Electronics Engineering Technology to get into the world of space robotics.
He has been working on bringing a childhood dream of launching a model rocket with a small lander inside to reality. Now, the lander has turned into a fully functional shoe box-sized robotic rover capable of following GPS waypoints, detecting metal, and surviving for several days outside.
This endeavor has led Michael to co-found a robotics fabrication shop, become a member of the AIAA, and give presentations at various venues to inspire people to pursue their dreams and find their curious inner child. Michael is an advocate for all things science and loves to share that passion with everyone around him. He once entertained his nephews for hours with magnets and a big pile of dirt, showing them that anybody can do science and that science can be done anywhere.
Past Events Hosted By This Ambassador:
Wings of the North Museum Grand Opening Wings of the North Hangar at Flying Cloud Airport
Horizon Middle School Robotics Demonstration Horizon Middle School
Navigate Your World: Girls in Aviation Day: Pathways in STEM St. Paul Downtown Airport
Wings of the North Museum Grand Opening VIP night. Wings of the North Hangar at Flying Cloud Airport