LSC-North Harris cosmetology student to assist Farouk Systems with space shuttle experiment
Meagan Flesch took her personal experience and educational knowledge and wrote an essay that garnered her first place in a competition, which puts her in direct contact with the upcoming final space shuttle mission.
Flesch is enrolled in the CHI Environmental School of Cosmetology at Lone Star College-North Harris. Her essay, “Sanitation in the Salon,” was the winning entry.
Jasmine Green, Flesch’s classmate, said it is the dedication to her craft that makes Flesch special. She wasn’t surprised Flesch won.
“She’s so outgoing, positive, creative and very intelligent. I know she likes to write. She put her imagination down on paper,” said Green, a Spring resident.
The essay was based on research and Flesch’s observations of dirty towels, disorganized stations and unsanitary waxing procedures.
“This is more on prevention than cleaning up the mess. It’s decontamination on three levels of cleaning and cohesive with the space shuttle. I did a lot of research to back it up. I’m really excited about going to learn,” she said.
Houston-based Farouk Systems, in conjunction with NASA, will prep, load and post-analyze five experiments for the space shuttle Atlantis, slated for liftoff on July 8.
Flesch and Dr. Dennis Morrison, senior vice president of technology for Farouk Systems and former NASA scientist, will conduct the experiment detailed in Flesch’s essay at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida while astronauts perform the identical test in space.
Farouk Shami, Sr., founder of Farouk Systems, said the joint venture is in tune with the company’s own goals.
“We partnered with NASA because we share very similar philosophies of maintaining a healthy, safe work environment,” Shami said.
“I’m proud of our partnership with LSC and all of the talented young people who entered the contest. We will continue to research and develop products that will not compromise the health of hairdressers and their clients,” he said.
Flesch, a Woodlands resident, began attending LSC-Montgomery County after graduating from Cypress Springs High School in 2008. She transferred to LSC-North Harris earlier this year for the cosmetology portion of her associate’s degree.
In the cosmetology program, Flesch learned about salon standards and cleanliness procedures. It was this knowledge that led to her creating the winning essay. She entered also because of her passion for writing, she said.She entered also because of her passion for writing, she said.
Being part of the last space shuttle mission is more than she ever expected. The space shuttle experience is a huge motivation to be the best she can be.
“This is a chance to be part of history. No one really thinks about the science behind cosmetology, so my essay focused on the importance of sanitation in the salon and how it relates to space,” Flesch said. “I’m so thankful to Farouk for making it happen.”
Flesch hopes her career path leads to becoming a stylist in the movie industry.
“I love hair and styling. It’s part of my creative side,” she said. “I like how I can be positive change in a person’s life and help them. I want to listen to people and make what they want possible.”
In her free time, Flesch enjoys volunteering at dog shelters, horseback riding and painting. Flesch, the oldest of five children, is the daughter of Katherine Jackson and Joe Flesch.
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