Samantha (Kreppel) Alberts

Samantha (Kreppel) Alberts

Class Year


Current home

West Lafayette, Ind.



Current Position

Propulsion Engineer at Boeing

When Samantha (Kreppel) Alberts ’10 was a physics student at Carthage, she helped design and build experiments for NASA as part of the Carthage Microgravity Team. She conducted that research aboard NASA’s microgravity aircraft, the Weightless Wonder, through NASA’s Systems Engineering Educational Discovery program, or SEED.

“Participating in the NASA SEED program is what ignited my passion for space research,” Mrs. Alberts said. “The Carthage 2010 SEED research was a launchpad for my fluid dynamics work with Dr. Collicott.”

Mrs. Alberts’ life has been non-stop since she graduated from Carthage in May 2010. She presented her Carthage senior thesis at the Committee on Space Research Conference in Germany, got married, and took a position with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. After a year off, she and her husband, Brian, both decided to pursue graduate school. 

In 2018, Mrs. Alberts completed her doctoral degree from Purdue University. She is now a propulsion engineer at Boeing, a global aerospace company.

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“Participating in the NASA SEED program is what ignited my passion for space research.”

Samantha (Kreppel) Alberts, ’10