Rocket Building - topic of September Lecture

Astronomy Professor shares expertise and photos
By UW-Sheboygan

Rocket building is the topic for the September Speaker’s Series lecture at the University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan. Everyone is invited to attend the Tuesday, September 12 lecture at 7 p.m. in the Wombat Room (Room 2114) on the UW-Sheboygan campus. Admission and parking are free.

UW-Sheboygan Astronomy/Physics Assistant Professor, Dr. William Dirienzo, will present his research and recent experiences with rocket building. For the past two years, Dirienzo coached several UW-Sheboygan students, who participated in a Collegiate Rocket Launch, funded by the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium.  In addition to the collegiate launch, in 2016, the “Rock On” team traveled to Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia over summer, where they built a payload and launched a rocket. This year’s “Wombat Wocketry” team also traveled to Virginia with a payload that they had already built on campus. The week-long rocket program is part of the NASA Competition Program, with teams from colleges all over the United States participating. Dirienzo will share his experience and photos from these projects.

The Speaker’s Series presents a new topic each month (September – May) that is discussed in an open forum format. UW-Sheboygan is located at One University Drive in Sheboygan. For directions to the campus or more information, visit


UW-Sheboygan rocket team 2017
Students from UW-Sheboygan's "Wombat Wocketry"
team at spring 2017 rocket competition.



Sue Bausch, Regional Director of Communications