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    AIAA Foundation Presents Ten Undergraduate Scholarships

    September 1, 2016 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the AIAA Foundation have awarded ten AIAA Foundation undergraduate scholarships for the 2016–2017 academic year.

    The $5,000 David and Catherine Thompson Space Technology Scholarship, named for and endowed by former AIAA President David Thompson, chairman, chief executive officer, and president of Orbital ATK, Dulles, Virginia, and his wife Catherine, was presented to Erin Tesny, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio.

    The $5,000 Vicki and George Muellner Scholarship for Aerospace Engineering, named for and endowed by former AIAA President Lt. Gen. George Muellner, U.S. Air Force (retired) and president of advanced systems for Boeing Integrated Defense Systems (retired), and his wife Vicki, was presented to Andrew Orme, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.

    The $5,000 Wernher von Braun Scholarship, named in honor of German rocketeer and founder of the U.S. space program, Wernher von Braun, was presented to Young Wu, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

    The $1,500 Leatrice Gregory Pendray Scholarship, awarded to the Foundation’s top female scholarship applicant, was presented to Tammy Witzens, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.

    Six AIAA Foundation scholarships were presented by AIAA Technical Committees (TC) to students performing research in the TC’s area:

    • The Liquid Propulsion TC presented a $2,500 scholarship to Aadil Pappa, University of Texas at Austin, Texas.

    • The Space Transportation TC presented a $1,500 scholarship to Oseas Hudy-Velasco, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan

    The Digital Avionics TC presented four scholarships fo $2,000 each:

    • The Dr. James Rankin Digital Avionics Scholarship was presented to Eylul Bilgin, University of California, San Diego, California.

    • The Dr. Amy R. Pritchett Digital Avionics Scholarshipwas presented to McKenzie Kinzbach,University of Cincinnati, Ohio.

    • The Ellis F. Hitt Digital Avionics Scholarship was presented to Andreas Martinez, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida.

    • The Cary Spitzer Digital Avionics Scholarship was presented to Diane Nguyen, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia.

    “The AIAA Foundation congratulates our Undergraduate Scholarship winners,” said Sandy Mangus, AIAA Foundation president. “The scholarships are awarded to students of note in aerospace across the country and we look forward to seeing how their imaginations, insights, and skills will shape the future of aerospace.”

    For more information on the AIAA Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship Program, please contact Felicia Livingston at or 703.264.7502.

    About the AIAA Foundation
    The AIAA Foundation seeks to “make it exciting, make it empowering, and make it fun.” That simple, compelling philosophy drives the Foundation’s commitment to math, science, and technology education. The AIAA Foundation offers a wealth of resources to support educators from K–12 through university: scholarships, classroom grants, design competitions, and student conferences, improving scientific literacy and advancing the arts and sciences of aerospace. For more information on the AIAA Foundation and its programs for students, teachers, and professionals, please visit



    About AIAA
    AIAA is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. With more than 30,000 individual members from 88 countries, and 95 corporate members, AIAA brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. For more information, visit



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