Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture

SFA senior Environmental Science student Eric Kauffman was one of 29 undergraduate and graduate students, from 28 colleges and universities nationwide, selected to  participate in the six week NASA Airborne Science Program. During the internship program, Kauffman learned how to sample and test air quality from aircraft.


While aboard the DC-8 flying laboratory, based at NASA's Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, California, Kauffman flew on several flights over water treatment plants, dairy farms in the Los Angeles Basin, and the city itself.  His work involved collecting air samples from different altitudes to study air pollution, such as methane emissions and other greenhouse gases.

Kauffman plans to work toward publishing the findings of his research from the NASA program.  His professional goal is to pursue a career in air quality control after he graduates from SFA.