Materials science and engineering graduate student awarded NASA fellowship

Materials science research

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Laura Wilson, a graduate student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, was awarded one of five NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) Fellowships for her research proposal entitled: Additive Manufacturing of Oxide Dispersion Strengthened Ni-Based Superalloys for Future Launch Vehicles. Wilson will have a unique opportunity to work with the engineers and scientists at NASA Glenn Research Center to research new materials for additive manufacturing for very high-temperature applications. Results could contribute to transforming the design and manufacturing of hot sections of vehicles that face rising demands for higher operating temperatures and to enabling more robust thrust systems.

NASA Fellowship Activities align with the Office of STEM Engagement’s goal to establish a well-trained science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce. Fostering highly skilled scientists and engineers critical to NASA’s future and to building a strong American economy. These fellowships also enable the agency to create unique opportunities for students to be a part of NASA's endeavors in exploration and discovery.

Laura Wilson started her PhD program in September of 2017. Prior to starting at Case Western Reserve, she earned her bachelor’s degree in geological engineering from Michigan Technological University in 2010 and her master’s in geology from Miami University 2012. This was followed by four years of work in the Materials Processing and Development department of GE Aviation, focusing on aerospace-related material characterization. Her material science skills along with her strong earth science background helped her to win this award.

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