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2011-2012 Scholarship and Fellowship Awardees

Graduate Fellows

Ksenia Brazhnik

Ksenia Brazhnik is a Master's candidate at the University of Virginia. Her research topic is the horizontal and vertical distribution of gas phase and aerosol pollutants in the atmospheric brown cloud in the vicinity of the Annapurna Himalaya.

Kristin Busa

Kristin Busa is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Virginia. Her research involves the development of a tunable diode laser absorption tomography technique for the measurement of scramjet combustion efficiency.

Ryan Coe

Ryan Coe is a Ph. D. candidate at Virginia Tech. His research investigates vehicle control in computation fluid dynamics environments.

Joanna Corby

Joanna Corby is a Master's candidate at the University of Virginia. Her research uses radio observations available through the prebiotic molecular survey to study the physical and chemical conditions of Sagittarius B2N.

Joseph Corcoran

Joseph Corcoran is a Ph. D. candidate at Virginia Tech. He is researching the development of a boundary integral solution to the acoustic diffusion equation for the indoor propagation of sound.

Amanda Daniel

Amanda Daniel is a Ph. D. candidate at Old Dominion University. Her research topic is waveform-agile sensing for detection and tracking of UAVs using radar.

Justing Erwin

Justin Erwin is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. He is researching thermally driven atmospheric escape and exospheres of medium sized bodies as Pluto and the New Horizons space craft.

Philip Jameson Graber

Philip Jameson grabber is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. His research involves well-posedness and stability of solutions to coupled PDE systems arising in semi-linear structural acoustic interactions with non-linear damping.

Amy Grady

Amy Grady is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. She is researching the influence of climate change on wave dissipation over coral reefs and subsequent effects on beach morphology.

Ryan Harne

Ryan Harne is a Ph. D. candidate at Virginia Tech. His research project is to design and develop lightweight noise and vibration control devices for improving aircraft interior environments and the safer transport of cargo.

David Hondula

David Hondula is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. His research includes the development of a remote sensing urban heat island climatology for the assessment of heat-related human mortality.

Megan Ivory

Megan Ivory is a Ph. D. candidate at The College of William and Mary. She is researching the construction of a fermion atomic clock for NASA's deep space network.

Christina Johnson-Pappas

Christina Johnson is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. Her research involves experimental investigation of airfoil thermosyphons for thermal management of next generation aircraft.

Garett Johnson

Garett Johnson is a Ph. D. candidate at Old Dominion University. His research topic is asynchronous real-time control of a robotic arm using a brain-compute interface.

Ryan Johnson

Ryan Johnson is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. He is researching the development of a cohesive boundary layer model for ablating surface applications.

Maryse Leandre

Maryse Leandre is a Master's candidate at Hampton University. She is researching the population dynamics of the bacterial community during Dolioletta Gegenbauri decomposition.

Gardner Marchall

Gardener Marshall is a Ph. D. candidate at The College of William and Mary. His research topic is the super symmetric models of electroweak symmetry-breaking and supersymmestric models with dark matter.

Colin McMillan

Colin McMillan is a Ph. D. candidate at The College of William and Mary. He is researching the searching, selecting, and synthesis source code components.

Craig Morris

Craig Morris is a Ph. D. candidate at Virginia Tech. His research involves the investigation and optimization of innovative control concepts for a tailless supersonic aircraft with relaxed stability constraints.

Brittany Neilson

Brittany Neilson is a M.S. candidate at Old Dominion University. Her research involves identifying neurocognitive markers of decrements in space performance to develop a symptom profile.

Casandra Niebel

Casandra Niebel is a Master's candidate at Virginia Tech. She is researching using low gravity cardiovascular effects to relate myocardial remodeling to the filling dynamics of the left ventricle.

Greger Pioszak

Greger Pioszak is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. He is researching the stress corrosion, cracking, and hydrogen embrittlement of high performance metallic alloys.

Nicole Pothier

Nicole Pothier is a Master's candidate at Hampton University. She is researching the empirical modeling of the Earth's magnetosphere following the onset of magnetospheric substorms.

Judith Providence

Judith Povidence is a Ph. D. candidate at The College of William and Mary. Her research involves determining similarity between execution traces for the software development of safety-critical systems.

Jesse Quinlan

Jesse Quinlan is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. His research involves unsteady simulation of dual-mode transition flows using a hybrid LES/RANS approach with improved sub-grid scale models.

Dan Ramos

Daniel Ramos is Master's candidate at The College of William and Mary. He is researching the response of Anuran species distributions to anthropogenic disturbance using circuit theoretic analysis to model landscape connectivity.

Colin Reagle

Colin Reagle is a Ph. D. candidate at Virginia Tech. His research involves experimental aero-heat transfer and deposition under realistic engine conditions.

Brian Rice

Brian Rice is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. He is researching the characterization of a dual-mode scramjet via stereoscopic particle image velocimetry.

Paul Ries

Paul Rice is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. His research involves studying the surface and sub-surface properties of solar system objects by observing radio emissions.

William Roach

William Roach is a Ph. D. candidate at The College of William and Mary. He is researching the development and characterization of thin film surfaces for the superconducting radio frequency cavities.

Kaitlin Spak

Kaitlin Spak is a Ph. D. candidate at Virginia Tech. She is researching the dynamics of cable harnessed space structures and active clearance control for jet engines.

Jennifer Thorne

Jennifer Throne is a Masters candidate at The College of William and Mary. Her research topic is on runway configuration management.

Matthew Torok

Matthew Torok is a Master's candidate at Virginia Tech. His research involves design, development, and testing of a remotely deployed unmanned ground robot for sample collection.

Hamilton Turner

Hamilton Turner is a Ph. D. candidate at Virginia Tech. His research topic is the rapid runtime re-deployment and optimization for fractioned spacecraft.

Jake Tynis

Jake Tynis is a Ph. D. candidate at Old Dominion University. He is researching balloon-assisted long range exploration of the Martian surface.

Jason Upchurch

Jason Upchurch is a Master of Science student at Old Dominion University. He is researching fault detection and isolation algorithms for improved flight safety.

Elizabeth Voigt

Elizabeth Voight is a Ph. D. candidate at Virginia Tech. She is researching the impact of flow on endothelial cancer tissue.

Lisa May Walker

Lisa Walker is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. Her research topic is the impact of the compact group environment on galaxy evolution.

William Walker

William Walker is a Ph. D. candidate at Virginia Tech. He is researching the unsteady aerodynamics and aero elasticity of membrane flapping wings.

Justin Webster

Justin Webster is a Post Doctoral candidate at the University of Virginia. His research involves flow-structure interactions, a dynamical system approach: well posedness, stability, and control of flutter suspension.

Paul Zheng

Paul Zheng is a Ph. D. candidate at Virginia Tech. His research involves increasing buckling capacity of elliptical cylindrical carbon-fiber composites by varying fiber orientation.



Undergraduate Scholars

Jacquelyn Blake-Hedges

Jacquelyn Blake-Hedges is a Junior at The College of William and Mary. Her research entails understanding plasmon enhancement for next-generation solar cells.

Andy Borum

Andy Borum is a Senior at Virginia Tech. His research involves capture of an asteroid by way of a binary exchange mechanism.

Justin Bright

Justin Bright is a Senior at Hampton University. He is researching an on-board inert gas generating system "OBIGGS" water mist extinguisher.

Hasani Burns

Hasani Burns is a Junior at Hampton University. His research explores the performance of the iRobot Create for object relocation in outer space.

Jeffrey Clubb

Jeffrey Ryan Clubb is a Senior at the University of Virginia. He is researching optimization of an optical system for stereoscopic particle image velocimetry on a dual-mode scramjet engine.

Erik Ellison

Erik Elliison is a Senior at the University of Virginia. His research topic is tunable diode laser absorption tomography and the application to scramjet combustion.

David Hill

David Hill is a Junior at the College of William and Mary. His research involves the design and synthesis of novel hydrogen-rich polyimides for radiation shielding.

Joshua Holt

Joshua Holt is a Senior at the College of William and Mary. His is researching memristor-based synapses in artificial neural networks.

Carl Mayer

Carl Mayer is a Senior at the University of Virginia. His research involves using modern probes to determine the microstructure parameters which control intergranualar stress corrosion cracking.

Alex Russomanno

Alexander Russomanno is a Senior at the University of Virginia. His research involves the capillary force actuation for astronomical ablative optics.

Matthew Samson

Matthew Samson is a Senior at Old Dominion University. He is researching light weight, flexible, nanostructured organic solar cells for space applications.

Hilary Sandberg

Hilary Sandberg is a Senior at Old Dominion University. Her research involves an auditory brain-computer interface for communication and device control.

Taylor Scholz

Taylor Scholz is a Senior at the University of Virginia. His research involves measurement of drag on the Mars Science Lab Planetary Entry Capsule.

Matt Smith

Matthew Smith is a Senior at Virginia Tech. His research topic is spacecraft applications using the Microsoft Kinect.

Erix Yang

Eric Yang is a Junior at The College of William and Mary. He is researching optical characterization of dispersion of grapheme-based Nano composites.



Teacher Education Scholars

Catie Broznak

Caitlin Broznak is a Master's candidate at the College of William and Mary. She is planning on teaching Earth Science at the pre-college level.

Marissa Espina

Marrisa Espina is a Senior at the University of Virginia. She plans on teaching Physics at the pre-college level.

Allison Gaynor

Allison Gaynor is a Senior at the University of Virginia. She is planning on teaching Biology at the pre-college level.

Tiffany Hunter

Tiffany Hunter is a Master's candidate at Hampton University. Her field of study is Secondary Education.

Amy Jacobson

Amy Jacobson is a Senior at The College of William and Mary. Her educational goal is to teach in a pre-college setting, in a high-needs district.

Juniper Lee-Park

Juniper Lee Park is a Master's candidate at the University of Virginia. She plans of teaching Chemistry.

Debbie Menard

Debbie Menard is a Master's candidate at the University of Virginia. She plans on teaching Biology in a pre-college setting.

Iram Shaikh

Iram Shaikh is a Master's candidate at the University of Virginia. She plans on teaching Biology in a secondary science education setting.

Johnathon Upperman

Johnathon Upperman is a Senior at The College of William and Mary. He plans to teach Mathematics in a pre-college setting.



Community College Scholars

Steven Cato

Steven Cato is a Sophomore at Thomas Nelson community College. He is majoring in Engineering.

David Ewing

David Ewing is a Sophomore at Tidewater Community College. He is majoring in Engineering.

Thomas Gresham

Thomas Gresham is a Sophomore at John Tyler Community College. He is majoring in Engineering.

Trevor Jackson

Trevor Jackson is a Sophomore at Thomas Nelson Community College. He is majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

David Palmer

David Palmer is a Sophomore at Thomas Nelson Community College. He is majoring in Engineering.

Kevin Stroop

Kevin Stroop is a Sophomore at Thomas Nelson Community college. He is majoring in Engineering.

Ashley Walker

Ashley Walker is a sophomore at Tidewater Community College. She is majoring in Engineering.



Undergraduate STEM Bridge Scholars

Andrew Adderley

Andrew Adderley is a sophomore at the University of Virginia majoring in Systems Engineering.

Brittany Bullock

Brittany Bullock is a sophomore at the University of Virginia majoring in Biomedical Engineering.

Tarik Camp

Tarik Camp is a sophomore at Hampton University majoring in Computer Science.

Lia Corbett

Lia Corbett is a sophomore at The College of William and Mary majoring in Biology.

Abayomi Famuyiwa

Abayomi Famuyiwa is a sophomore at the University of Virginia majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

Hanifah Hendricks

Hanifah Hendricks is a sophomore at the University of Virginia majoring in Chemical Engineering.

Alyssa Hester

Alyssa Hester is a sophomore at the University of Virginia majoring in Biomedical Engineering.

Simone Hyater-Adams

Simone Hyater-Adams is a sophomore at Hampton University majoring in Physics.

Ebrima Jobe

Ebrima Jobe is a sophomore at Hampton University majoring in Computer Information Systems.

Shani Kent Hall

Shani Kent-Hall is a sophomore at Old Dominion majoring in Civil Engineering.

Abraham Martinez

Abraham Martinez is a sophomore at Virginia Tech majoring in Meechanical Engineering.

Jon Mitchell

Jon Mitchell is a sophomore at Old Dominion University majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

Charles C Scott

Charles Scott is a sophomore at Hampton University majoring in Computer Science.

Jasmine Smallwood

Jasmine Smallwood is a sophomore at Old Dominion University majoring in Computer Science.

Courtney Smith

Courtney Smith is a sophomore at Hampton University majoring in Computer Science.

Banita Stanley

Banita Stanley is a sophomore at Old Dominion University majoring in Computer Engineering.

Eric Tabarly

Eric Tabarly is a sophomore at Virginia Tech majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

Crystal, Velasco

Crystal Velasco is a sophomore at Virginia Tech majoring in Computer Science.

John Williams

John Williams is a sophomore at Virginia Tech majoring in Aerospace Engineering.

Josh Wise

Joshua Wise is a sophomore at Old Dominion University majoring in Computer Science.

AJ Wright

Athony Wright is a sophomore at The College of William and Mary majoring in Chemistry.