Jeremy Davis grew up on farm between Bathurst and Wattle Flat, but he has his sights set on stars.
The former Bathurst High School student has been carrying out research into developing radiation detectors for use in space by astronauts.
He'll soon complete his PhD in physics where he has been part of the University of Wollongong's Centre for Medical Radiation Physics (CMRP) under Professor Anatoly Rozenfeld.
Mr Davis designs, fabricates and tests radiation detectors, which are small and cellular.
Following completion of his PhD, he says he'd like to find a research position possibly in the USA. However, he said he will always go back to help on the farm, regardless of whether or not he has a stake in its future.
"I love the work and enjoy the time with family," he said.
Mr Davis graduated from Bathurst High in 2003 and went on to do a Bachelor of Science (physics) and Bachelor of Arts (philosophy) at the University of Wollongong from 2004 to 2007.
He went on to do a Graduate Diploma of Education in 2008 and taught in London in 2009. He returned to do his honours in physics in 2010, and then started his PhD in mid 2011.
"Science and math, regardless of whether you pursue these fields directly, open up endless avenues in all walks of life," he said.
"They give you an understanding of the world and a way of thinking and problem solving that is not limited to the classroom or the workplace."