Antoine Nguyen with MGCCC instructor Allison Mull in front of the sign at Stennis Space Center.

“Both internships focused on machine learning and AI, but the Navy’s was more focused on larger scale with super computers while the NASA one focused more on smaller scales such as single board computers and Arduinos,” he said. “That’s really what I am interested in learning.”

Already experienced with NASA, Antoine is one of the students from MGCCC to attend the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) program.

“I completed all three missions with the NCAS program and actually met my mentor’s coworkers while visiting the Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, California,” he said.  “It was a thrilling experience for me.”

From D’Iberville, Antoine is majoring in computer science.  He hopes to continue his education after MGCCC and focus on data science so he can ultimately become a software engineer or data analyst.

Looking toward the next step in his education, he has garnered the Mississippi Eminent Scholar Grant, Transfer Academic Merit Scholarship, Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship, and is waiting on a final scholarship award for engineering students.

“Attending MGCCC has created wonderful opportunities for me,” he said. “Thanks to my professor, Ms. Allison Mull, I was able to get in the NCAS program, which got my foot in the door with NASA. Attending MGCCC also afforded me the opportunity to get excellent transfer scholarships that I might not otherwise have.”