We are proud to announce that aerospace graduate students, Jacob France and Logan White, received the 2015 NDSEG Fellowship Awards.
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 (this excludes dental and vision insurance).
Jacob France works in Assistant Professor Mirko Gamba’s Gas Dynamics Imaging Lab where his research focuses on the use of Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy (TDLAS) to take measurements of gas flows. With the NDSEG Fellowship, Jacob plans to continue this research, with the end goal of developing a novel TDLAS based measurement technique that would overcome the limitations of traditional TDLAS methods.
Jacob is a second year graduate student in aerospace engineering from Lake Charles, Louisiana. He earned his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering at McNeese State University in southwest Louisiana. A few of Jacob’s non-academic interests include playing soccer, cooking, and kayaking.
Logan White is a second year Ph.D. student from Bloomington, IN. He graduated from Purdue University in 2013 with a B.S. in aerospace engineering. Outside of his research activities, Logan enjoys spending his time playing golf, frequenting Ann Arbor’s restaurants and pubs with friends, and reading.
Logan is advised by Assistant Professor Mirko Gamba and his research area is combustion with a focus on laser diagnostics. In his first year, he worked on a project to perform reacting and non-reacting Planar Laser-Induced Fluorescence (PLIF) studies of combustion instabilities in rocket combustor environments. He plans to use support from the NDSEG fellowship to apply PLIF and other laser diagnostics in novel ways to various combustion problems including fire spread and supersonic combustion.