Anan Takroori appears in a video about S&T’s summer camps:
Seven years ago, Anan Takroori left his home in Palestine with his eyes set on earning an aerospace engineering degree. He landed at St. Louis Community College for a few years before transferring to Missouri S&T in 2010.
“I chose Missouri S&T because I wanted to have an aerospace engineering degree from one of the most respected universities in the United States,” Takroori says. “I wanted to get a chance to participate in undergraduate research and join some design teams, which I did. On the top of that, the university offered me many scholarships and gave me a chance to work on campus to support myself while doing what I love most, which is building planes, rockets and satellites.”
A past officer of the Advanced Aero Vehicle Group, president of the Muslim Student Association and subsystem lead for the Satellite Team, Takroori encourages students to enjoy every part of their day during their college life.
“Try to participate in student activities, research projects, and join clubs and design teams,” he says.
Takroori, now a graduate student in mechanical engineering, earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering in 2012. During the summer, you’ll find him working as a counselor in a number of S&T camps including Aerospace Camp and Robotics Camp.
“It’s one of the best jobs a person can have,” says Takroori, who is known by many campers simply as “Mr. Awesome.”
His interest in teaching kids about science and technology led him to organize several outreach events with the S&T Satellite Team, including “So You Want to be a Rocket Scientist,” “Flight Simulation for Kids” and “My First Rocket.”
As a junior, Takroori began studying thermal stratification in HVAC systems. The research was part of an Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experiences project, which earned him first and second place during his junior and senior years, respectively. Now, using wind tunnel tests, Takroori is examining how flow baffles affect the mixing effectiveness of two air streams with different temperatures.
“This project will help eliminate many problems that occur inside HVAC systems,” Takroori says. “The findings of this research will also help save energy and increase the efficiency of HVAC systems while improving the air quality inside buildings, automobiles and aircraft.”
In addition to becoming part of the advanced aeronautical and space technologies field, Takroori says he looks forward to building more efficient electronic and mechanical systems that will help to “ensure a safer, brighter and greener life for future generations around the world.”
During his free time, Takroori volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and participates in community projects, including helping coach the Rolla Lady Knights Soccer Team alongside his aerospace engineering professor, Hank Pernicka.
“But my favorite is usually spending time with my niece and nephews in St. Louis,” he says. “I usually visit my brother, Firas, and his wife, Rana, who are the reason for my success. And I spend hours with their little kids building and shooting model rockets in the park while teaching them about rocket science,” Takroori says.
His new goal? To be a part of the manned mission to Mars, either as an engineer designing the spacecraft or by actually traveling during the mission.
“When I get back, I want to work on improving the quality of education around the world,” Takroori says. “I want to give a chance to other people from developing countries to contribute their ideas, participate and take advantage of the advanced technology of this century.”