Lewis & Clark Student Aims High With Rocket Launch
本诺Kolland 巴'21 has just completed his first year at Lewis & Clark, but he’s already accomplished something some people only dream of doing: designing and building his own rocket, with the goal of investigating cost-effective solutions for rocket propulsion. The rocket, which Kolland constructed for an independent physics project, was designed to reach an altitude of two miles and record data about speed 和 acceleration over the course of its flight.
Kolland’s interest in propelled flight began in his early teens, when he started flying remote-control airplanes. He then graduated to launching rockets in science fairs. Since coming to Lewis & Clark, he has worked closely with professors from various fields of math 和 science, particularly the 物理系.
When I chose Lewis & Clark, I knew I wanted to be able to go beyond just math and physics theory. Being able to do independent study as a first year has been an amazing opportunity, 和 I’m excited to keep it going. 本诺Koll和 巴'21
“The entire Lewis & Clark 物理系 is great, and I especially appreciate the encouragement 和 guidance I’ve received from staff members 史蒂夫Attinasi 和艾伦·尤尼斯，并 迈克尔教授Broide 和 斯蒂芬·塔夫特“Koll和说。 “对我来说，最好的学习来自于你的手脏，并进行实际的实验，他们已经鼓励。”
This April, Kolland’s hard work was put to the test when he launched his rocket at the 俄勒冈 Rocketry site 20 miles east of Bend. The target height was inspired by Mount Hood, which is visible from campus on clear days and stands 11,250 feet tall. The launch didn’t disappoint: the completed rocket, proudly emblazoned with Lewis & Clark’s colors, reached a height of 12,025 feet, well exceeding its goal. Deploying a parachute, it l和ed a mile or so away, ready to be refurbished for future flights.
“Constructing, testing, flying, and even crashing keeps me interested in things that fly,” he said. “When I chose Lewis & Clark, I knew I wanted to be able to go beyond just math and physics theory. Being able to do independent study as a first year has been an amazing opportunity, 和 I’m excited to keep it going.”