Creativity Competition


Michigan State University


Nickel Class (2020 – 2021)


Adam Dion, Applied Engineering Sciences
Jorge Dominguez Rodriguez, Applied Engineering Sciences
Louis Rolland, Applied Engineering Sciences
Kaushik Kothakonda, Applied Engineering Sciences
Alec White, Applied Engineering Sciences (Supply Chain Management)


Dr. LJ Genik, Director Applied Engineering Sciences, MSU


This team identified what mechanisms would best generate interest in the NASA Psyche mission by analyzing previous competitions undertaken by NASA missions and similar organizations and evaluating those success metrics. They presented a menu of suggestions for the direction and organization of the competition, as well as determining the most effective and inclusive way to engage the public and reach a wider audience. They created and identified a range of a successful competition options with clear rules, objectives, and winning criteria.

This work was created in partial fulfillment of Michigan State University Capstone Courses. The work is a result of the Psyche Student Collaborations component of NASA’s Psyche Mission ( “Psyche: A Journey to a Metal World” [Contract number NNM16AA09C] is part of the NASA Discovery Program mission to solar system targets. Trade names and trademarks of ASU and NASA are used in this work for identification only. Their usage does not constitute an official endorsement, either expressed or implied, by Arizona State University or National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of ASU or NASA.