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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Martin Summerfield Propellants and Combustion Graduate Award

Through its annual graduate scholarship program, the AIAA Foundation presents awards to graduate students doing excellent research in the air and space sciences. Funding for this award is provided through individual memorial gifts (given after the death of Martin Summerfield, [1916–1996] who was an American physicist and rocket scientist) and the AIAA Foundation. Official recognition will be made in conjunction with the AIAA PROPULSION/ENERGY Forum. In addition, the AIAA Foundation will present the recipient with a special recognition plaque in honor of this award. Basic Criteria and other information can be found at <a href= >;
  • Full Name: Dr Brian R Pomeroy
  • Entry: AIAA Martin Summerfield Propellants and Combustion Graduate Award
  • Category: Graduate
  • Notes: I grew up in south central Pennsylvania and attended The Pennsylvania State University for my undergraduate degree. During my undergraduate years, I was fortunate enough to be able to work on several hands on design-build projects at Penn State and a co-op at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center working in the propulsion branch which gave me valuable experience. Upon finishing at Penn State I started my graduate work at Purdue University in 2007 working on transverse combustion stability in liquid rocket engines. I will be finishing up my Ph.D. this coming year and plan on heading to the government or industry upon completion.