Aerospace Engineering Ph.D. candidates Devina Sanjaya (left), Pinar Acar (middle), and Sarah Cusson (right) were selected as recipients of the prestigious Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship.
Zonta International established the Amelia Earhart Fellowship in 1938 in honor of legendary pilot and Zontian, Amelia Earhart. The fellowship is intended to support female contributions to aerospace-related sciences and engineering. Today, the Amelia Earhart Fellowship of $10,000 is awarded annually to 35 talented women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering around the globe. Since the program’s inception, Zonta International has awarded 1,508 Amelia Earhart Fellowships, totaling more than $9.3 million, to 1,079 women from 70 countries.
Sarah is a NASA Space Technology Research Fellow and graduate student researcher in the Plasmadynamics and Electric Propulsion Laboratory led by Professor Alec Gallimore, Dean of Engineering. She is investigating high-powered Hall Effect Thrusters for space applications. Previously, Sarah has worked as a structures and propulsion engineering intern at The Boeing Company and a Graduate Student Research Scientist at the Air Force Research Laboratory.
Devina is a François-Xavier Bagnoud Fellow under Associate Professor Chris Fidkowski. Her research interests include the development of algorithms to improve the robustness and accuracy of computational fluid dynamics methods, error estimation, uncertainty quantification, adaptive methods and parallel computation. She is currently working on developing a novel algorithm for generating high-order, curved meshes. In 2015, Devina received the Best AIAA Student Paper Award in CFD and a Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery & Engineering Fellowship. For more information, see Devina’s personal site.
Pinar is a graduate research assistant under Associate Professor Veera Sundararaghavan in the Multi-Scale Structural Simulations Laboratory. Her research focuses include spatio-temporal reconstruction of 2D and 3D microstructure evolutions using Markov Random Field approach, reduced order modeling for optimization of microstructures under process-design-property constraints, and probabilistic modeling of microstructural property descriptors and property closures. She previously received her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering at Istanbul Technical University.