November 15, 2013
You would think that with such a historically loaded name, high school junior Nicholas Tesla Martin, “Nik,” would fret about filling the proverbial shoes of his namesake. According to Nik, however, he’s never felt pressure to take the same path as the man who made far-reaching achievements in electrical engineering; moreover, he regards his own engineering journey as a coincidence.
Still, it’s no wonder that when Nik approached Jetcraft about sponsoring him to attend the engineering leg of this year’s National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) conference, Lucy Castle quickly routed Nik’s gleaming list of accomplishments for funding approval. In addition to attending the NBAA seminars, Nik was pleased to connect with business aviation leaders, some of whom put him in touch with NASA for a possible internship.
Nik’s interest in business aviation and aeronautical engineering dates back to sixth grade, when he attended the class of an influential engineering teacher at h...