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2014-2015 Scholarship and Fellowship Awardees

Graduate Fellows

David Allen

David Allen is a Ph. D. candidate at Virginia Tech. His research topic is integrated system and control design optimization for spacecraft with momentum-exchange devices.

Jacob Bean

Jacob Bean is in a Ph. D. program at Virginia Tech. His research topic is active control strategies for broadband sound attenuation.

John Blalock

John Blalock is a Ph. D. candidate at Hampton University. His research topic is seasonal variability in Saturn's verticle wind shear: cloud tracking measurements using Cassini ISS image.

Kyle Davis

Kyle Davis is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. His research topic is global rangelands.

Adam Dixon

Adam Dixon is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Virginia. His research topic is ultrasonic imaging for the management of cardiovascular related diseases.

Edward Doepke

Edward Doepke is a Ph.D. candidate at Virginia Tech. His research topic is testing of a fmc actuated morphing aircraft spoiler.

Charles Fancher

Charles Fancher is a Ph. D. candidate at The College of William and Mary. His research topic is ultracold atom magnetometer for space-based magnetic mapping.

Brian Foley

Brian Foley is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. His research topic is experimental investigation of thermal hot-spot generation in high-frequency transistors.

Adrianna Foster

Adrianna Foster is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. Her research topic is understanding space beetle outbreak dynamics and their response to climate change.

Matthew Giarra

Matthew Giarra is a Ph. D. candidate at Virginia Tech. His research topic is investigating flows in insect hearts as inspiration for microfluidic pumps.

Valerie Gray

Valeria Gray is a Ph. D. candidate at The College of William and Mary. Her research topic is developing an atomic hydrogen mylar polarimeter for precison parity-violating experiments.

Marie Ivanco

Marie Ivanco is a Master's candidate at Old Dominion University. Her research topic is an analytical hierarchy process decision-making tool for aerospace engineering applications.

Vitek Jirinec

Vitek Jirinec is a Master's candidate at The College of William and Mary. His research topic is how habitat structure and food availability explain bird space use.

Mat Kelly

Mat Kelly is a Ph. D. candidate at Old Dominion University. His research topic is the facilitation of the a posteriori replication of web published satellite imagery.

Sean Koebley

Sean Koebley is a Ph. D. candidate at The College of William and Mary. His research topic is the strong ultra-thin silk of the brown recluse spider: model for the next genreation NASA material.

Jesse Laeuchli

Jesse Laeuchli is a Ph. D. candidate at The College of William and Mary. His research topic is estimation of functions of large sparse matrices.

Sandra Liss

Sandra Liss is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. Her research topic is the impact of galaxy interactions on star formation.

Sonja Long

Sonja Long is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. Her research topic is remote-sensing techniques for nitrogen-stable isotope analysis in plant matter.

Peter Marquis

Peter Marquis is a Master's candidate at Virginia Tech. His research topic is attitude perturbations on the LAICE (lower atmosphere/ionosphere coupling experiment) CubeSat.

Marcel Mibus

Marcel Mibus is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. His research topic is microfluidic MEMS: low voltage electrowetting on dielectric.

Emily Mitchell

Emily Mitchell is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. Her research topic is the crystallization of amorphous water ice in the outer solar system.

Nicholas Napoli

Nicholas Napoli is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. His research topic is predictive multi-sensor data fusion techniques for advanced coordination of care in the ICU.

Stephen Noel

Stephen Noel is a Master's candidate at Virginia Tech. His research topic is systems engineering and payload qualification testing for the LAICE CubeSat mission.

Cameron Orr

Cameron Orr is a Master's candidate at Virginia Tech. His research topic is the development of adapted capacitance manometer for thermospheric applications.

Tammy Parece

Tammy Parece is a Ph. D. candidate at Virginia Tech. Her research topic is geospatial analysis to site urban agriculture.

Brian Prager

Brian Prager is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. His research topic is high-precison modeling of pulsar binaries using long-term millisecond pulsar timing.

Elizabeth Radue

Elizabeth Radue is Ph. D. candidate at The College of William and Mary. Her research topic is changes in dynamics of the metal insulator transition of VO2 thin films due to microstructure.

Bradley Richards

Bradley Richards is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. His research topic is plasma spray deposition and failure mechanisms of environmental barrier coatings.

Maria Rye

Maria Rye is a Ph. D. candidate at Virginia Tech. Her research topic is dynamics and control of tensegrity systems in low earth orbit.

Michael Saha

Michael Saha is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. His research topic is a global synthesis of vegetation trends in drylands.

Lindsey Santos Koos

Lindsey Santos Koos is a Ph. D. candidate at Old Dominion University. Her research topic is the evaluation of the new trapped environment AE9/AP9/SPM for a cislunar mission.

Shane Seaman

Shane Seaman is a Ph. D. candidate at Virginia Tech. His research topic is determining the effect of material variability on interferometric spectral filters.

Bradley Sease

Bradley Sease is a Ph. D. candidate at Virginia Tech. His research topic is macro-scale feature tracking for autonomous spacecraft characterization and docking.

Stephanie Sherman

Stephanie Sherman is a Master's candidate at Virginia Tech. Her research topic is uncertainty quantification in a decentralized model of the national airspace system.

Adam Sitz

Adam Sitz is a Ph. D. candidate at Old Dominion University. His research topic is an object-centered egocentric display for spatial localization using vibrotactile stimulations in aerospace systems.

Kimberly Sokal

Kimberly Sokal is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. Her research topic is embedded superstar clusters with emerging Wolf-Rayst stars.

Beth Stein

Beth Stein is a Ph. D. candidate at Virginia Tech. Her research topic is measuring forest nutrient status through hyperspectral remote sensing.

Atticus Stovall

Atticus Stovall is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. His research topic is estimation of forest-carbon storage with terrestrial LiDAR.

Behrouz Tavakol

Behrouz Tavakol is a Ph. D. candiate at Virginia Tech. His research topic is manipulation and controlled deformation of a soft machine in a complex environment.

Jake Turner

Jake Turner is a Master's candidate at the University of Virginia. His research topic is constraining the magnetic fields of transiting exoplanets.

Undergraduate Fellows

Maryam Amer

Maryam Amer is a Bachelor's candidate at Old Dominion University. Her research topic is a risk-based and technical analysis of vulnerabilities in NASA's cybersecurity networks.

April Anlage

April Anlage is a Bachelor's candidate at the University of Virginia. Her research topic is using particle imaging velocimetry to characterize blowout in a scramjet combustor.

Matthew Ferguson

Matthew Ferguson is a Bachelor's candidate at Virginia Tech. His research topic is ultrasonic spectroscopy for particle distributions in jet engines.

Jason Harris

Jason Harris is a Bachelor's candidate at Old Dominion University. His research topic is versatile transceivers for small satelite missions using software-defined radio technology.

Natalie Hudson-Smith

Natalie Hudson-Smith is a Bachelor's candidate at The College of William and Mary. Her research topic is production and characterization of graphene oxide (GO) polyimide nanocomposites.

Colleen Leathrum

Colleen Leathrum is a Bachelor's candidate at The College of William and Mary. Her research topic is gender-based effect of microgravity on neurophysiological and myofiber adaptions.

Patrick McQuade

Patrick McQuade is a Bachelor's candidate at the University of Virginia. His research topic is characterizing the microstructure of T8 heat treated Mg Alloy WE43B.

John Rose

John Rose is a Bachelor's candidate at The College of William and Mary. His research topic is measuring the electron transfer kinetics of single dye molecules in phosphoric acid and sensitized TiO2.

Nicholas Tibbetts

Nicholas Tibbetts is a Bachelor's candidate at Virginia Tech. His research topic is development of the Virginia Tech CubeSat attitude control simulator (CSACS).

Community College Scholars

Jason Brown

Jason Brown attends Patrick Henry Community College and is majoring in Chemical Engineering.

Jasmine Kellaway

Jasmine Kellaway attends Germanna Community College and is majoring in Engineering.

Leila Moran

Leila Moran attends Northern Virginia Community College and is majoring in Science.

Anastasia Muir

Anastasia Muir attends Tidewater Community College and is majoring in Engineering.

Dan Peets

Dan Peets attends Wytheville Community College and is majoring in Science/Engineering.

STEM Takes Flight Scholars

Hannah Collins

Hannah Collins attends Blue Ridge Community College and is majoring in Aviation Maintenance Technology.

Camille Dent

Camille Dent attends J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College and is majoring in Computer Science.

Sofia Duarte

Sofia Duarte attends J. Sargeant Reynold community College and is majoring in Engineering.

Hunter Frederick

Hunter Frederick attends New River Community College and is majoring in Engineering.

Juliana Hybner

Juliana Hybner attends John Tyler Community College and is majoring in Engineering.

Justin Javier

Justin Javier attends Thomas Nelson Community College and is majoring in Electrical Engineering.

Martin Mans

Martin Mans attends New River Community College and is majoring in Instrumentation and Electrical Engineering.

David Martin

David Martin attends Virginia Western Community College and is majoring in Engineering.

Gage Moore

Gage Moore attends Germanna Community College and is majoring in Electrical Engineering.

Jasmane Ormond

Jasmane Ormond attends Thomas Nelson Community College and is majoring in Science.

Eric Pannell

Eric Pannell attends New River Community College and is majoring in Information Technology.

Brandon Peck

Brandon Peck attends Virginia Community College and is majoring in Engineering.

Jason Sanchez

Jason Sanchez attends Northern Virginia Community College and is majoring in Electrical Engineering.

Daniel Squitieri

Daniel Squitieri attends Germanna Community College and is majoring in Electrical Engineering.

Christopher Van Ostrand

Christopher Van Ostrand attends Tidewater Community College and is majoring in Engineering.

Benjamin Wardach

Benjamin Wardach attends Thomas Nelson Community College and is majoring in Engineering.

STEM Bridge Scholars

Lauren Aguilar

Lauren Aguilar is a Bachelor's candidate at the University of Virginia, majoring in Chemical Engineering.

Bria Andrews

Bria Andrews is a Bachelor's candidate at Hampton University, majoring in Physics.

Christina Beauboeuf

Christina Beauboeuf is a Bachelor's candidate at Virginia Tech, majoring in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Merci Best

Merci Best is a Bachelor's candidate at The College of William and Mary, majoring in Neuroscience.

Marissa Boccher

Marissa Boccher is a Bachelor's candidate at Virginia Tech, majoring in Aerospace Engineering.

Andrew Brown

Andrew Brown is a Bachelor's candidate at Old Dominion University, majoring in Civil Engineering Technology.

Tehran Browne

Tehran Browne is a Bachelor's candidate at Virginia Tech, majoring in Mathematics.

Kenya Bynes

Kenya Bynes is a Bachelor's candidate at Hampton University, majoring in Marine and Environmental Science.

Anisha Carter

Anisha Carter is a Bachelor's candidate at Hampton University, majoring in Computer Information Systems.

Darius Carter

Darius Carter is a Bachelor's candidate at the University of Virginia, majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

Charles Chiou

Charles Chiou is a Bachelor's candidate at Old Dominion University, majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

Frances Coronel

Frances Coronel is Bachelor's candidate at Hampton University, majoring in Computer Science.

Kiana Dash

Kiana Dash is a Bachelor's candidate at Hampton University, majoring in Biology.

Yussre Elbardicy

Yussre Elbardicy is a Bachelor's candidate at The College of William and Mary, majoring in Mathematics.

Maurice Hayward

Maurice Hayward is a Bachelor's candidate at The College of William and Mary, majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science.

Charles Jones

Charles Jones is a Bachelor's candidate at Hampton University, majoring in Computer Information Systems.

Morgan Lataillade

Morgan Lataillade is a Bachelor's candidate at the University of Virginia, majoring in Biomedical Engineering.

Luis Manrique

Luis Manrique is a Bachelor's candidate at Virginia Tech, majoring in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Larissa Perara

Larissa Perara is a Bachelor's candidate at Virginia Tech, majoring in Computer Science.

Jada Short

Jada Short is a Bachelor's candidate at The College of William and Mary, majoring in Mathematics.

Joy Skipper

Joy Skipper is a Bachelor's candidate at the University of Virginia, majoring in Astronomy-Physics.

Caitlyn Stone

Caitlyn Stone is a Bachelor's candidate at Virginia Tech, majoring in Aerospace Engineering.

Edward Turner

Edward Turner is a Bachelor's candidate at Virginia Tech, majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

Cheyenne Williams

Cheyenne Williams is a Bachelor's candidate at The College of Willaim and Mary, majoring in Biology.