Gilbert, Arizona, United States
Pierce Garver, from Gilbert, Arizona, is pursuing a master's degree in aeronautics and astronautics. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a bachelor's degree in space science. At West Point, Pierce was the cadet leadership development training commander, leading 1,000 of his peers through their capstone summer military training. He also earned All-American honors on the West Point pistol team where he honed his marksmanship. In the future, Pierce hopes to advance hypersonic and space travel while also influencing government policy for the sustainable use of space. At Stanford, he plans to combine his photonics experience, gained through past research and an internship at Lockheed Martin, with aerospace by using lasers to assess rotating detonation engines and scramjets. Upon completing his degree, Pierce will serve in the U.S. Army as an aviation officer.