Scholarship Winners: Graduate
If you are an aerospace student or alumnus and have won a scholarship or would like to add your name to previous winners, please contact Tom Hurst.
Aerospace Corporation Fellowship
Aerospace Corporation awards fellowships annually to aerospace graduate students in a Master’s or Ph.D. program who are veterans or children of veterans. The award includes a $2,500 stipend.
Stacy Sidle - 2015
Sidle is currently working on her M.S. in Dr. Chopra's laboratory, was also awarded the Aerospace Corporation Scholarship administered by the Dept. of Aerospace Engineering!
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Scholarship
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation scholarship, which is managed by the National Action Council for Minority Engineers (NACME), offers scholarship support to underrepresented students who are early Ph.D. students in engineering, natural science, and mathematics. The Sloan Foundation Scholarship was established in 1995 and according to the Sloan Foundation website, has provided support to over 900 minority Ph.D. students in the aforementioned disciplines. U-Md. Is one of 36 institutions listed on the Sloan Foundation site that is currently offering Sloan-sponsored scholarships.
Jarred Young - Spring 2013
Young completed his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland in 2009 and is currently working on both his Master’s and Ph.D. under Dr. Raymond Sedwick with the Space Power and Propulsion Lab. His research interests include space propulsion systems, electrostatic thruster technology, and plasma-material interactions. He was inspired to work with space technology by his family, especially his grand-father William, a former machinist for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. While in graduate school, Jarred has also been the recipient of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship (2009-2010), the National Minority STEM Fellowship (2010-2012), and the Alfred P. Sloan Scholarship (2012-present).
Jarred is currently working on a research project in the area of plasma-material interactions. The project, currently titled “High Energy Plume Impingement on Spacecraft Systems,” involves using a specially-designed miniature ion engine that will create an ion plume that could be typically found in a formation flight environment.
Amelia Earhart Fellowship
The Amelia Earhart Fellowship is presented from Zonta International (link is external). Established in 1938 in honor of famed pilot and Zontian, Amelia Earhart, the Amelia Earhart Fellowship is awarded annually to women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering. The Fellowship of US$10,000, awarded to 35 Fellows around the globe each year, may be used at any university or college offering accredited post-graduate courses and degrees in these fields. Zonta International is a global organization of executives and professionals working to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy, and the organization awards only 35 fellowships worldwide annually.
Camli Badrya - 2015 (center)
Badrya is currently working on her Master of Science in Prof. Baeders's laboratory.
Elaine Petro - 2015 (right)
Petro is currently working on her Master of Science in Prof. Sedwick's laboratory.
Elena Shrestha - 2015 (left)
SHrestha is currently working on her Master of Science in Prof. Chopra's laboratory.
- Elizabeth Weiner – Spring 2014
The ARCS Foundation advances science and technology in the United States by providing financial awards to academically outstanding U.S. citizens studying to complete degrees in science, engineering and medical research. Since 1958, ARCS Foundation has awarded more than $91 million to 9,000 ARCS Scholars at 54 leading U.S. universities.
James Lankford - 2015
Lankford is a Ph.D. student working under the advisement of Distinguished University Professor Inderjit Chopra. He received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2011 and his Master’s in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland in 2014. Lankford is currently performing research related to further understanding the fundamental principles associated with flexible, flapping wing, micro-air vehicles (MAVs) through a multi-disciplinary approach. Specifically, he is developing and validating a coupled, high fidelity aeroelastic solver to model the fluid/structure interaction inherent to flexible flapping wings and determine how it influences wing performance.
International Society of Automation (ISA) Educational Foundation Scholarship
ISA Educational Foundation Scholarships are awarded to college or university students who demonstrate outstanding potential for long-range contribution to the fields of automation and control. The scholarship awards support tuition and related expenses and research activities and initiatives - See more at: https://www.isa.org/scholarships/
Chin Gian Hooi – Spring 2014
M.S. category recipient of the Alfred Gessow scholarship ($2300)
Chin Gian Hooi received the B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2013 and is pursuing the M.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland. Chin Gian’s passion in aerospace controls and rotorcraft is driven by a goal to empower everyone to fly. His thesis research includes autonomous rotorcraft navigation and control in wind. His research area is in distributed flow sensing, Bayesian filter-based altitude and attitude estimation, flow-based dynamic feedback control for rotorcraft shipboard landing in ground effect and sensor fusion. He is the Chief Technology Officer at a consumer Unmanned Aerial Vehicle startup, Xronz and is involved in design and control. He has worked on projects spanning aircraft autopilot and simulator, cyclocopter, and the MyCopter flying car.
L-3 Communications Fellowship Award
L-3 Graduate Research Fellowships annually support five Ph.D. candidates in the last three years of a Clark School Ph.D. who conduct research at either the Institute for Systems Research, the Maryland Robotics Center, the UM Energy Research Center, the Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles Laboratory, the UM Rotorcraft Center, the Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering or research in cybersecurity. The company seeks to increase awareness of itself among Clark School students and thus encourage recruitment.
The award includes:
- $25,000/year stipend ($12,500 for the fall semester, and $12,500 for the spring semester) in addition to a half graduate research assistantship
- $1,000 for travel (e.g., for conferences to present his research)
- $4,000 is provided to the faculty advisor for discretionary use
- $5,000 is provided to hire an undergraduate researcher in support of the research project
Brett Barkley - 2015-2016
Barkley is a first year master’s student studying in the Collective Dynamics and Control Laboratory under the advisement of Willis H. Young Jr. Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering Education Derek Paley. The title of his thesis work is “Cooperative Search and Tracking of Multiple Mobile Targets on Partially Occluded Road Networks Using Fixed Wing UAVs.” The purpose is to investigate the use of cooperative algorithms to balance finding new targets with tracking known targets in environments with highly variable visibility.
He completed his undergraduate career in 2015, receiving degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland and Engineering Physics from Elon University. His interests include adaptive control, system identification and simulation.
Sean Hersey - 2015-2016
Hersey, originally from Connecticut, completed his B.S. at Maryland in 2012. During his undergraduate years, he was part of the Inventis Engineering Leadership group in which he mentored underprivileged children in local Prince George's County who were interested in engineering. Ultimately, he competed with them in Baltimore’s Kinetic Sculpture Race. He also worked on Team Gamera, the human-powered helicopter project, which sparked his interest in rotorcraft.
Hersey is now a graduate research assistant under the advisement of Professor Roberto Celi, and he will be obtaining his master’s degree this December. From there he aims to continue on to his Ph.D. His research includes the optimization and study of the advanced rotorcraft configurations for the Future Vertical Lift and Joint Multi-Role military helicopter programs. Currently, his research focuses on the extraction of linear dynamic inflow models from Free-vortex wakes models so that the controllability of these advanced configurations can be assessed.
Link Foundation Fellowship
According to its website, the Link Foundation "supports programs to foster the theoretical basis, practical knowledge, and application of energy, simulation, and ocean engineering and instrumentation research, and to disseminate the results of that research through lectures, seminars and publications." Recipients of the Link Foundation Fellowship are required to provide a written report within two months after the end of the fellowship period.
Levi DeVries - Spring 2013
The research DeVries plans to accomplish with the Link Fellowship will involve integrating bio-inspired sensing modalities on unmanned underwater vehicles. Fish have an incredible sensing system called the lateral line that allows them to sense local pressure gradients and flow velocity. Recent developments in materials science have produced sensors with the ability to emulate this sensing strategy. The goal of his research will be to assimilate these bio-inspired sensing modalities onto unmanned underwater vehicles to improve their guidance and navigation capabilities. Specifically, DeVries will apply tools from nonlinear estimation and control to enable a vehicle to navigate the underwater environment while estimating the position and size of obstacles in its vicinity.
DeVries completed his undergraduate studies at Concordia College in Moorhead,MN in 2009, graduating with a double major in physics and mathematics. During that time he served as a research assistant at the Concordia College Hypervelocity Dust Particle Accelerator and studied the impacts of micron sized particles on thin films for the purpose of providing coatings for space materials. He began study at the University of Maryland in the fall of 2009 and served as a TA for a year (for ENAE283 and ENAE432) before joining the Collective Dynamics and Control Laboratory as a research assistant under the advising of Prof. Derek Paley. Levi's research has focused on adaptive sampling and estimation strategies for multi-vehicle systems in flowfields.
NASA Aeronautics Scholarship
The NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program is managed by NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), and administered by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). ARMD’s mission is to invest in long-term research that applies to NASA’s unique capabilities and foster the next generation of aeronautic scientists and engineers. The two-year scholarship includes a $35,000 annual stipend, tuition funds up to $11,000 for education related costs, and an optional ten-week summer internship at a NASA research center with a $10,000 stipend.
Will Staruk - 2013
Staruk is a Ph.D. student in the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center working under the advisement of Dr. Inder Chopra. He received his B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 2010 and his M.S. from the University of Maryland in 2012. Since starting at Maryland, Staruk has been a member of the Gamera Human Powered Helicopter Team and has served as its project manager since 2011. His research, which will be supported by the NASA scholarship, focuses on developing advanced, 3-D structural modeling techniques for the analysis of helicopter rotor aeromechanics.
NASA Harriett G. Jenkins Pre-Doctoral Fellowship
The NASA Harriett G. Jenkins Pre-Doctoral Fellowship program provides financial support to full-time, under represented graduate students in science, technology and education, to continue their education in NASA-related disciplines. In addition, the fellowships include an annual 10-week, hands-on research experience at a NASA center.
Pratik Saripalli - 2016
Pratik Saripalli received his B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Astronomy from the University of Maryland in 2012. He continued his education at UMD and is currently working on his Ph.D. under Dr. Raymond Sedwick in the Space Power and Propulsion Lab. His research focuses on thermal modeling and experimentation of nitrous oxide decomposition. Pratik was graciously awarded the Harriett G. Jenkins fellowship in 2013 and was one of the few 2013 cohorts to receive an extension for a 4th year. In conjunction with this thesis research, Pratik also works on the development of the NEXT thruster at NASA GSFC. Currently, he is working on NEXT performance curve analysis and validation.
NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF)
The NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF) looks to improve America’s competitiveness in space technology research while providing the nation with a group of highly skilled engineers and technologists that could one day have the necessary skill set to become technological leaders. The NSTRF is in accordance with NASA’s strategic goal; “To create the innovative new space technologies for our nation’s science, exploration, and economic future.”
Fellows benefit from a $36,000 stipend for Doctoral students and $30,000 for Master’s students in addition to $30,000 to offset the costs of tuition and other fees. The NSTRF also will provide fellows with on-site NASA Center/Research and Development lab experience. The fellowship is offered initially for one year. Contingent upon progress, the fellowship may be renewed for up to one additional year for Master’s students and up to three additional years for Doctoral students.
Dylan Carter - 2015
Carter is currently a Ph.D. candidate working with Assistant Professor Christine Hartzell, and is studying the behaviors of triboelectric charging within granular systems in order to develop new methods for electrostatic beneficiation of lunar and Martian regolith in partial- and micro-gravity environments.
Anthony DiCicco - 2015
DeCicco is also pursuing his Ph.D. under the mentorship of Hartzell. With his recent acceptance of the NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship, DeCicco will be researching a method to despin asteroids for planetary defense and the control of asteroids for future resource acquisition.
John Vitucci - 2011
John Vitucci, now a third year graduate student and Ph.D. candidate, was awarded the NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship for the 2011-2012 academic year. The NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF) looks to improve America’s competitiveness in space technology research while providing the nation with a group of highly skilled engineers and technologists that could one day have the necessary skill set to become technological leaders. The NSTRF is in accordance with NASA’s strategic goal; “To create the innovative new space technologies for our nation’s science, exploration, and economic future.” John is now entering the second year of the award, having been renewed for the 2012-2013 academic year.
Currently, John is a student under Dr. Raymond Sedwick in the Space Power and Propulsion Lab. His research project is titled “Development of a Superconducting Helicon Thruster.” He spent his on-site research experience at NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) in Cleveland, Ohio under the mentorship of Dr. Rohit Shastry. John will continue working at GRC during the summer of 2013. In the upcoming academic year, he will also continue his position as Graduate Student Liaison for the University of Maryland Chapter of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship
The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship is a highly competitive, portable fellowship that is awarded to U.S. citizens and nationals who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in one of fifteen supported disciplines. NDSEG confers high honors upon its recipients, and allows them to attend whichever U.S. institution they choose. NDSEG Fellowships last for three years and pay for full tuition and all mandatory fees, a monthly stipend, and up to $1,000 a year in medical insurance.
Richard Kennedy is currently a Ph.D. student working with Assistant Professor Stuart Laurence on experimental hypersonics. His work includes high-speed boundary layer transition experiments performed in conjunction with Arnold Engineering Development Complex's (AEDC) Hypervelocity Tunnel 9 (link is external). Prior to attending the University of Maryland (UMD), Kennedy received an M.S. in Fluid Mechanics from École Polytechnique in Paris, an M.S. in Aeronautics from Caltech and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University at Buffalo, SUNY.
Laura Paquin is a current Master's student working with Assistant Professor Stuar Laurence. Her interest in aerodynamics stemmed from attempting to perfect her jumping technique over eight seasons on her high school track and field team. During her undergraduate years, she spent several summer internships working for GE Aviation and Northrop Grumman, but reading the daily aerospace news prompted her interest in high-speed flight, and she spent a year and a half pursuing undergraduate research in experimental hypersonic aerothermodynamics. She received her B.S in aerospace engineering in 2016 from the University of Notre Dame and received the Sigma Gamma Tau Great Lakes Region Undergraduate Award.
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. As the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, the GRFP has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers.
National Science Foundation Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $30,000 along with a $10,500 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees, opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate education they choose. Learn more about the program here.
Brian Free - Spring 2016
Free is working on his Ph.D. in the Collective Dynamics and Controls Lab under Professor Derek Paley. He earned his B.S in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland in 2015, graduating summa cum laude with departmental honors. His research interests are in the areas of underwater locomotion of robotic vehicles and bioinspired sensing that includes artificial lateral lines (mimicking those found in fish) and vestibular systems. His long-term research goal is to create a fully autonomous robotic fish capable of navigating through underwater flow structures using bioinspired sensors.
Elena Shrestha - Spring 2015
Shrestha is currently working on her Master of Science in Prof. Chopra's laboratory. Shrestha has been working on developing the cyclocopter, a revolutionary cycloidal rotor micro-air vehicle (MAV). Using a circular array of blades that rotate around a vertical axis, the Cyclocopter has performance and efficiency advantages over conventional rotorcraft at MAV scales. The rotor configuration allows the resulting thrust to be instantaneously vectored, affording improved maneuverability over conventional rotors.
- Elaine Petro – Spring 2014
- Tom Pillsbury – Spring 2014
- Robert Fievisohn – Spring 2014
- Stephen Sherman - Spring 2013
- Matt Marcus - Spring 2013
- Joshua Sloan - Spring 2013
The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship
The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories. The program is particularly interested in supporting individuals that demonstrate an aptitude and interest in conducting theoretical and applied research. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of academic and personal achievement as well as research interests and goals. Benefits of the SMART Scholarship include:
- Full tuition and education related fees (does not include items such as meal plans, housing, or parking)
- Cash award paid at a rate of $25,000 - $38,000 depending on degree pursuing (may be prorated depending on award length)
- Paid summer internships
- Health Insurance reimbursement allowance up to $1,200 per calendar year
- Book allowance of $1,000 per academic year
- Mentoring Employment placement after graduation
Dan Waters - Fall 2012
Originally from Massachusetts, Dan attended Boston University for his undergraduate studies in Aerospace Engineering. He has been a graduate research assistant at the University of Maryland under the guidance of Dr. Cadou since 2008. In 2011, he earned a M.S. in Aerospace Engineering with a focus in Aerodynamics and Propulsion, focusing on the development of a numerical system modeling approach for a high energy density, aluminum-water combustion based propulsion system for underwater vehicles. Dan's Ph.D. research is focused on modeling fuel cell hybrid systems for aircraft applications. This involves integrating fuel cell systems into gas turbine and internal combustion engine cycles in order to produce electrical power at much higher efficiencies than conventional generators. The sponsoring facility for Dan's award is Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division - Patuxent River (aka NAWCAD-PR, aka Pax River).\
Robert Vocke III - Fall 2012
Robert D. Vocke III is starting his 4th year as a graduate student in the Aerospace department’s Smart Structures and Composite Research Laboratories and is working towards a Ph.D., with concentration in Structural Mechanics and Composites, and Rotorcraft. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland in 2008 and 2012 respectively. Robert has two journal articles and one book chapter published on the use and design of smart materials and actuators for aerospace morphing applications. He is active in many professional societies, having presented and won awards at many AIAA student conferences, and is a three time winner of the AHS Vertical Flight Foundation fellowship, and is the president of the UMD SAMPE Chapter. Outside of school, Robert is an avid amateur chef, rock climber, caver, hiker, and general outdoorsman. After graduation, he will work with the Army Aeroflight Dynamics Directorate’s (AFDD) Aviation Advance Design Office located at NASA Ames in Mountain View, CA.
Robert’s research is focused on the application of smart materials and actuators to morphing aircraft. Morphing can generally be defined as a major change in aircraft geometry, such as span, chord, camber, sweep, etc., which allows an aircraft to operate efficiently in multiple flight regimes. Most recently, he has been maturing this technology for use on rotorcraft, specifically as a variable diameter rotor for tiltrotors such as the V-22 Osprey.
Sikorsky Aircraft Fellowship
The Sikorsky Aircraft Fellowship awards the recipient $10,000 toward educational expenses. Students are nominated by their institution and Sikorsky selects finalists. The winner is then chosen by the Clark School Graduate Advisory Council.
Andrew Lind - Spring 2015
Lind began his Ph.D. program working with Assistant Professor Anya Jones in fall 2011. Lind’s research focused on the aerodynamics of helicopter rotor blade airfoils in reverse flow—where air travels from the trailing edge to the leading edge. His work is aimed at developing rotor blades for high-speed helicopters that can be used during EMS, search-and-rescue and combat operations. He performed wind tunnel experiments at both the University of Maryland and the United States Naval Academy on static and oscillating airfoils in reverse flow. He also studied the effect of trailing edge shape on reverse flow stall characteristics, unsteady wake regimes, and oscillating airfoil behavior. In addition to research, Lind is passionate about teaching, and he served as co-instructor (with Jones) of the ENAE 414 Aerodynamics II course as part of the Clark School’s Future Faculty Program in spring 2015. He also served as co-advisor for two undergraduate honors students who graduated in spring 2015.
The Vertical Flight Foundation was established in 1967 as the philanthropic arm of the American Helicopter Society. In 1977, the Foundation established a scholarship program for promising undergraduate and graduate students who plan to pursue careers in vertical flight.
Atif Salahudeen - Spring 2016
Marat Tishchenko Scholarship
Salahudeen is a M.S. student working with Dr. James Baeder. He completed his B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland. He is currently researching the role of Uncertainty Quantification (UQ) in computational fluid dynamics (CFD), with a focus on boundary layer transition.
Stacy Sidle – Spring 2015
Hal Andrews Scholarship Vertical Flight Foundation Fellowships
Lauren Trollinger – Spring 2015
John M. Slattery Scholarship
Joseph H. Schmaus – Spring 2015
Joseph P. Cribbins Scholarship Vertical Flight Foundation Fellowships
Elena Shrestha – Spring 2015
Alfred Gessow Scholarship Vertical Flight Foundation Fellowships
Elizabeth A. Weiner – Spring 2015
Richard L. Ballard Scholarship
- Chin Gian Hooi – Spring 2014
- William Staruk – Spring 2014
- Elena Shrestha - Fall 2013
- Andrew Lind - Fall 2013
- Harinder Jit Singh - Fall 2013