PISCES is pleased to announce the addition of a new team member! Former intern Kyla Defore has joined the staff as a full-time technician and will continue the Materials Science project work she began during her internship this summer. Working with Ops. Manager Christian Andersen, she will research basalt sintering and casting methods as part of a NASA STTR project aimed at developing ISRU technology with benefits to Hawaii and the future of space settlement.

Kyla has interned with PISCES over three terms, demonstrating a consistent excellence and visible passion for her work. The University of Hawaii at Hilo Geology graduate and Kauai Island native is particularly partial to rocks, which makes her the ideal person for experimenting with molten lava to create novel construction materials.

“I’m excited about my new position,” Kyla said. “It’s been a lot of work to get to this point.”

Throughout her time as an intern, Kyla has played supporting roles in the PISCES Women’s STARS Program, and in numerous education outreach events. In 2016, she supported NASA’s BASALT (Biologic Analog Science Associated with Lava Terrains) Mars research mission on Hawaii Island to help develop protocols for a manned mission to the Red Planet.

PISCES is fortunate to have her on the team. Welcome Kyla!