Elias De Haro transferred from Kirkwood Community College and is studying mechanical and aerospace engineering at Iowa State University. As the first in his family to graduate high school and attend college, Elias is determined to attain a bachelors degree. During the summer of 2015, he conducted research at the Advanced Materials Processing Lab at Iowa State University. His research focused on the type of materials needed to withstand space travel. Additionally, he became a National Community College Aerospace Scholar through a NASA program. This has allowed him the opportunity to learn even more about space travel and upcoming missions. He uses his family, heritage and the desire to contribute to research as his main motivators to succeed in aerospace engineering.