Anthony Hennig is currently a PhD student at George Washington University where he develops and studies the interactions of modules in complex engineering systems. Specifically, he studies the interactions’ complexity, quality, novelty, and variety through a unique series of field experiments and open innovation challenges while working on a CubeSat as a system engineer.
Mr. Hennig has a long history of volunteering and communicating science and engineering topics. In high school, he worked with the MathScience Innovation Center in Richmond, Virginia as a volunteer and eventually community teacher. He also participated in their science fairs as a student. During Hennig’s undergraduate years at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, he helped lead a large space system engineering group which ran several outreach events with local elementary schools and with a huge campus wide festival called ImagineRIT while volunteering with the local FIRST Robotics Competition regional. Currently, he volunteers at the National Air and Space Museum's Observatory as a lead volunteer and does mentoring and outreach with a local FRC Robotics Team at School Without Walls. Hennig believes it is important to connect students to opportunities, show them a variety of STEM career paths, and show them that they can use scientific skills in engineering, art, and even politics.