This section will highlight success stories of Project SPACE Alumni Scholars.

Robert Howard

Dr. Robert L. Howard, Jr.
Manager of the Habitability Design Center, with NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas.
Dr. Howard is leading a team of architects, industrial designers and engineers in NASA’s Constellation Program who will develop concepts for the lunar lander, lunar outpost, and lunar rover. It is his responsibility to design the inside of the space vehicle into comfortable living quarters for up to four crew members who will be making their home on the moon for up to six months at a time.

Picture Coutesy of the University of Tennessee Space Institute



Manu Platt

Manu O. Platt, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Georgia Cancer Coalition
Distinguished Cancer Scholar Dr. Platt focuses on the following areas of research: Tissue remodeling in regenerative medicine; Microenvironmental cues modulating stem cell signaling networks.

His accomplishments include:

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006-2008
  • Ph.D. Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University, 2006
  • B.S. Morehouse College, 2001



Paull Judge

Dr. Paul Judge
Dr. Paul Q. Judge is a noted scholar and successful entrepreneur. Dr. Judge currently serves as Chief Research Officer and VP at Barracuda Networks. In 2009, Barracuda Networks acquired Purewire Inc, a leading Web security-as-a-service company that Judge founded in 2007. From 2006-2007 Dr. Judge served as Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of publicly traded Secure Computing. In 2000, Dr. Judge joined the founding team of CipherTrust which became one of the fastest growing companies in North America reaching 300 employees and over 3000 customers in more than 50 countries including half of the Fortune 500. CipherTrust was acquired by Secure Computing for $273 million in 2006. During his tenure at CipherTrust and Secure Computing, Dr. Judge headed the technology strategy and spent time leading research, engineering, and product management. He is an inventor of about 30 patented and patent-pending computer security technologies. Prior to his tenure at CipherTrust, Dr. Judge worked briefly with IBM and NASA.



John Harkless

Dr. John Harkless
Dr. John Harkless, SPACE Scholar, B.S., Chemistry and Mathematics and Ph.D., 2001. Theoretical Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley. He is Currently Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Howard University. Current research focus is on applying and developing quantum Monte Carlo (AMC) methods for use in computational studies of the electronic structure of difficult systems.



Christoper Jones

Christopher Jones
Christopher Michael Jones received his B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from Morehouse College in 1999. He received his Masterís in Masters in Nuclear Engineering and Technology & Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2003. Christopher was a NASA Ronald McNair Scholar at Morehouse and as a graduate student at MIT he was a NASA GEM fellow. While at Morehouse he served as Student Government President and on the Morehouse College Board of Trustees. While at MIT he sat on a number of administrative boards and held the position of Co-Chair of the MIT Black Graduate Students Association.