Roaring Riptide

FRC Team 4118

Mason Rawson

By on October 15, 2015

Face Professional


2011-2012 and 2012-2013 (first two years of the teams history)



University of Florida



Electrical Engineering, minor in Chemistry


What was the most valuable thing you learned by being a member of the team?

I learned that the moral of the team is more important then the technical challenges ahead. Happy people find solutions to problems and inspire everyone around them.


What impact did being a member of the Roaring Riptide have on your life?

The impact was huge.  It was my first real engineering experience and it gave me the confidence I needed to pursue engineering as a career.  I also made new friends at the high school level and at the University of Florida with whom I am still close with today.  

Have you worked for any companies or labs either full-time or for an internship? If so, which ones?

I worked as a calculus and chemistry tutor for the University of Florida.  I have worked as a research assistant in UF’s department of chemical engineering studying nanotechnology.  I have co-oped with Ascend Performance Materials in Houston Texas where I worked on real world engineering problems in a chemical manufacturing plant.  I am currently performing a co-op with NASA’s photovoltaic and electrochemical systems branch in Cleveland, OH where I am researching and engineering advanced multijunction solar arrays.  


What are some projects that you’ve worked on since graduating high school?

While Co-Oping with Ascend, I completely designed and built a digital monitoring and control system for a chemistry research laboratory.  Here at NASA, I am working on a thermal balance test for a new type of large scale, high power solar array.  These extra large solar arrays will provide enough power to make electric propulsion and ion drive a realistic option.


Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I see myself either working as an electrical engineer in the space industry or getting my PhD at a top tier engineering school.  


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