We are excited to share the beginning of a new scholarship fund that will offer tuition assistance for our Aerospace students– the Aerospace Engineering Centennial Scholarship Fund.
Launched in 2015, the Aerospace Engineering Centennial Scholarship is awarded to outstanding undergraduate students majoring in Aerospace Engineering. Criteria considered in the selection process include academic excellence, leadership qualities, contribution to the culture of the Aerospace department, and financial need. The scholarship awards students with $2,000 to be applied to their tuition for the fall and winter terms. The scholarships stem from a generous gift from Pratt & Whitney.
We are proud to announce the following students as the recipients of this new and prestigious award:
Nicholas Applegate: Nicholas is a sophomore majoring in Aerospace Engineering. He is currently interested in computational fluid dynamics and its application to aircraft design and analysis. He is a member of the SAE aerospace design team, M-FLY; in this role, he conducts trade studies on body wing and tail configurations, taking factors like taper ratios, wing configurations, wingtip devices and lift/drag coefficients into consideration. He also contributes to the Structures M-Fly subteam, where he uses tools such as CAD and finite element analysis.
Janyu Bhatt: Janyu is a senior in Aerospace Engineering with an interest spacecraft, rockets, and especially propulsion. He aspires to work on developing technology that will facilitate space exploration and place humans on Mars. He is an active member of the Michigan Aeronautical Science Association rocketry team; in this role, he helped to develop the hybrid rocket motor that received 2ndplace at the 2016 Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition.
Connor Klok: Connor is a senior majoring in Aerospace Engineering. This past year, Connor interned for RATHCO Safety & Supply Inc. as a traffic control specialist. In this role, Connor was responsible for organizing lane closures, construction detours, freeway traffic switches, providing him with an understanding of traffic engineering plans. Since 2015, Connor has been a member of the AIAA UM Student Chapter Professional Development Committee, organizing workshops for AIAA members to improve their professional communication and networking skills.
Beldon Lin: Beldon is a junior Aerospace Engineering/Engineering Physics double major from Atlanta, Georgia. His main interests lie in computational sciences, plasma physics, electric propulsion and aircraft design. This past year, he worked as a research assistant at the Plasmadynamics and Electric Propulsion Laboratory designing and testing a thrust vectoring system for the CubeSat Ambipolar Thruster. In addition to his research, Beldon is the Advanced Class Chief Engineer for M-Fly as well as a member of the Outreach Committee of our student AIAA chapter where he coordinates the Aerospace Day activities.
Christian Kneubel: Christian is a sophomore studying Aerospace Engineering, with a special interest in space systems design. He enjoys contributing to UM’s competitive rocket building group, MASA, as a member of the propulsion team. Over the summer, Christian conducted research at NASA Glenn Research Center. He investigated atomic oxygen erosion of polymers in low-earth orbit. To do so, he and his team generated computational models of low-earth orbit atomic oxygen from empirical tests, matching their results to data from the International Space Station.
Steven Marion: Steven is a junior majoring in Aerospace Engineering. He enjoys language study and is proficient in both Japanese and French. During his free time, Steven is a Peer Mentor for Services for Students with Disabilities Departments at the University of Michigan. In this role, Steven attends mentoring workshops and mentors students one-on-one. He is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and the UM Engineering Dean’s List.
Elliot Miller: Elliot Miller is a junior in Aerospace Engineering. He came to Michigan with the dream of becoming an astronaut, but has recently become interested in working in the intelligence sector or on military/defense projects. He is in his third year of study in Russian language and literature and plans on visiting or studying abroad there in the future. This past summer, Elliot spent a month in Nepal, helping to distribute water filters in the Gorkha district to families near the epicenter of an April 2015 earthquake and trekking through the Himalayas to the base camp of Mt. Everest. During his freshman year, Elliot had the opportunity to row and compete nationally on the Men’s Rowing Team. He has worked for Two Men and a Truck, the university service SafeRide and as an office intern with Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments.
Ian O’Rourke: Ian is a junior in Aerospace Engineering pursuing a minor in Computer Science. He participates in the M-Fly student design team as the Avionics Lead. This past summer, Ian interned at Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) in Hawthorne, California, working on the Falcon 9 rocket. In his free time, he enjoys building and flying remote-controlled aircraft.
Conner Roach: Conner is a junior in Aerospace Engineering with a passion for the defense industry. Specifically, he has the desire to work with aerodynamics on high-performance military aircraft. After completing his Bachelor’s degree, he plans to continue his education as a Master’s student. Conner is currently acting as the Initiates Chair for Sigma Gamma Tau Honors Aerospace Fraternity and plans to pursue further leadership roles within the organization. In addition to his aerospace involvement, Connor is serving his second year as the Philanthropy Officer for Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity; in this role, he has organized charity events that have received recognition from the Office of Greek Life, as well as from University of Michigan President, Mark Schlissel.
Stephen Tyson: Stephen is a senior in Aerospace Engineering. His desire to study aerospace stemmed from a lifelong dream of traveling through the vastness of space and watching Star Trek: The Next Generation with his father as a kid. He believes that engineers can use their skills to create change in their communities, culture, and technical fields. He passionately feels that we have an obligation to stay aware of the struggles and conflicts that affect humanity, other life forms, and the planet, and that it is possible to pursue career dream while improving the world around us. During his free time, Stephen enjoys tutoring at the Engineering Learning Center, ballroom dancing, and skateboarding. He recently received a full-time offer from The Boeing Company.
Chris Weston: Chris is a junior from Houston, Texas studying Aerospace Engineering with minors in math and music. Chris is interested in aerodynamics, propulsion, and hypersonics; he currently works as an undergraduate researcher under AE Associate Professor Dr. Venkat Raman. Chris is an active member within multiple student organizations: the student chapter of Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society), the student chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and the University of Michigan AIAA Design, Build, Fly team (MACH). Outside of class, Chris enjoys running and playing the clarinet in the campus band.
Joshua Wilheim: Joshua is a sophomore in Aerospace Engineering looking towards earning a future Master’s degree in Aerospace. He has been interested in aircraft and spacecraft since early childhood, when he first started reading books about aviation and visited Cape Canaveral. His interests within aerospace include controls, guidance, and/or navigation systems for aircraft and spacecraft. He is a member of the multi-disciplinary project Secure Cloud Manufacturing, programming “smart” cameras and logic controllers for a small manufacturing testbed. A member of the Michigan Aviators, Joshua loves to fly, having earned his private pilot certificate in high school. In addition to flying, Joshua is the VP of Finance for the UM AIAA student branch, creating budget proposals, tracking club expenditures, and organizing fundraising opportunities.