Paul Frakes graduated from Purdue University in 2011 with a B.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. During his time at Purdue, he spent seven months in Germany as part of Purdue's Global Engineering Alliance for Research and Education (GEARE) program, where he interned at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and studied at the Braunschweig University of Technology. Frakes currently works for a.i. solutions, a small aerospace engineering and IT services firm based out of Lanham, Maryland, where he performs engineering analysis for NASA's Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) and will support its launch in February 2013. In addition, he is a real-time analyst on the NASA Robotic Conjunction Assessment Risk Analysis Team, which assesses the risk of potential on-orbit collisions for over 60 spacecraft, including the Earth Science Constellation, the TDRS fleet, and the Hubble Space Telescope. Frakes has previously performed fluid dynamics research in zero-gravity with Purdue teammates aboard Zero Gravity Corp.’s G-Force One aircraft, and he is currently pursuing new-found professional interests in systems engineering and space policy.