Meet Our Scholars – the AIAA Foundation 2011-2012 Scholarship Winners
The rigorous selection process is executed by AIAA members who serve on the AIAA Education Committee. We are pleased to introduce you to a few of our recipients this year.
The David And Catherine Thompson Scholarship For Space Technology: Sarah Arnac
Sarah Arnac is a junior at Purdue University studying Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. She holds a private pilot's license and is working towards her instrument rating. As a co-op student at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Sarah has worked on projects including Sonic Booms on Big Structures, Mars Science Laboratory, T-34 Pacer, and Superboom Caustic Analysis and Measurement Program. Sarah's future plans include earning her master's degree and working as a flight test engineer helping to advance the technology and capabilities of air and space craft.
The L.S. “Skip” Fletcher Scholarship winner: Luke Jensen
Luke is a student in the Aeronautics and Astronautics department at the University of Washington in Seattle. He has performed undergraduate research on pressure and temperature sensitive dies for three-dimensional flow field visualization applications and fluid extraction systems for microgravity. He is currently one of the project leads on the 2011 Senior Airplane Design capstone project, serves as president of the school's AIAA chapter, and works as a crew chief at the Kirsten Wind Tunnel. He was the 2009-2010 president of the Washington Alpha chapter of Tau Beta Pi. Luke is also a pilot and flight instructor, flying single-engine propeller aircraft out of Renton Municipal Airport south of Seattle.
The E.C. “Pete” Aldridge Scholarship: Whitney Lohmeyer
Whitney Lohmeyer will be graduating from North Carolina State University in Aerospace Engineering this coming May. She will then go on to Virginia Tech where she will enter the direct to PhD Program researching Orbital Debris Mitigation. She is currently the president of her local AIAA chapter, the president of NCSU's Women In Aerospace Engineering, NASA's Space Science Ambassador for the state of North Carolina, and is highly involved with NC Space Grant and Undergraduate Research. Lohmeyer wants to earn her PhD so that she can one day return to NCSU as a professor in their Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
The A. Thomas Young Scholarship: Scott Neidrick
Scott graduated as Valedictorian from Shippensburg Area High School in 2007. During his senior year in high school, he gained a passion for flight with model rocketry and airplanes. Heentered Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ in 2007 as an Aerospace Engineering student, with minors in Defense Studies and Mathematics, and also enrolled in the Air Force ROTC program. Through the past 4 years, he has held several leadership positions including: Air Force ROTC Wing Commander, Sigma Gamma Tau Treasurer, and Student Campus Enhancement Fund Representative. Scott aspires to be a test pilot at the USAF Test Pilot School.
The Sam F. Iacobellis Scholarship: Clayton Bargsten
Clayton Bargsten, from Grand Junction, Col., attends Colorado State University. He plans to graduate in May 2012 with degrees in Engineering Science and Physics. In addition to his schoolwork, Clayton is an active member of AIAA, Society of Student Physics, the College of Natural Sciences College Council, and Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society. He served as an intern this past summer at NASA headquarters, and is currently working on a laser research project under Dr. Jorge Rocca at Colorado State.
The 2010-2011 Next Century of Flight Scholarship winner: Libin Daniel
Libin Daniel is an international student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Presocott Campus majoring in Aerospace Engineering. His research interests lie in the field of aerodynamics. His research experience include investigation of gurney flaps in Low Reynolds Number. One of his future projects include the investigation of effect of active trip strip on aerodynamic efficiency. Currently, he is an intern in US Airways working in the Boeing 737 Fleet Engineering Department. He enjoys soccer and guitar and is very motivated to continue his education in order to gain more experience in his research interests.
Dr. James Rankin Digital Avionics Scholarship: Carolina Penteado
Carolina Penteado is a Brazilian native who graduated with a dual diploma from the American School of Campinas in 2007. She is currently a senior in Mechanical Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology and holds a 4.0 grade point average and plans to pursue a master’s degree in aerospace structures and materials through Florida Tech’s Fast Track program, which allows undergraduates to complete their graduate degrees at an accelerated pace. Carolina’s life-long dream is to work in the commercial aviation industry.