AE Honors Student Excellence
AE recognized several of the Department’s undergraduate and graduate students this spring with awards for their scholastic achievement and other contributions.
H.S. Stillwell Memorial Award, to students showing outstanding scholastic achievement and contributions in extracurricular activities —Manue Martinez of Chicago, Illinois; and Michael S. Miller of Decatur, Illinois
The H.S. Stillwell Memorial Award was established in honor of Professor H.S. (Shel) Stillwell. At the age of 27, Professor Stillwell founded the Department of Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Illinois in 1944. He served as department head at Illinois for 32 years. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, he served as Head of the Aeronautical Engineering Department at the University of Kansas prior to coming to Illinois. Professor Stillwell was influential in the design of the first ramjet-powered missile and was highly respected for his contributions to aerospace engineering education.
Stillwell Problem-Solving Scholarship, to a junior-level student majoring in aerospace engineering who exhibits exemplary problem-solving skills — Grant J. Kramer of Naperville, Illinois
This scholarship was set up by a generous alumnus as a tribute to H.S. Stillwell and the role he played as a mentor to students.
Robert W. McCloy Memorial Award, to a junior or first-semester senior student in recognition of outstanding academic performance — Jacob N. Denton of St. Elmo, Illinois
Professor McCloy was the first faculty member hired in the new Department of Aeronautical Engineering. He was known for his research and teaching in propulsion and for his pioneering work in jet propulsion.
Dale Margerum Memorial Award, to the AE undergraduate who exemplifies outstanding leadership qualities by participation in departmental extracurricular activities — Christopher G. Lorenz of Roselle, Illinois
Dale Margerum was a 1979 graduate who died in an accident the summer after graduation. He was very involved in extracurricular activities.
Jo Ann Haynes Platt & Daniel Wall Platt Memorial Award, to the AE sophomore, junior or senior female undergraduate James Scholar and/or Chancellor’s Scholar studying aerospace engineering — Kelsey R. White of Downers Grove, Illinois
AE Boeing Scholarships, one-year awards for an incoming freshman based on outstanding academic performance – Jessica A. Hart of Rylesville, Maryland
Illinois Space Grant Scholarships, awarded by the NASA Illinois Space Grant Consortium to entering and continuing undergraduate students based on academic performance — Jacob R. Dluhy of Riverside, Illinois; Brandon L. Litherland of Allendale, Illinois; and Manue Martinez of Chicago, Illinois
The award is presented annually to honor Professor Strehlow, who joined the aero faculty in 1961. His background was in chemistry, and he was an acknowledged expert in the field of detonations and explosions. He also made significant contributions toward the understanding of the structure, stability, and extinction of laminar premixed flames. He was an early advocate of microgravity combustion research and successfully characterized the extinction and flammability states of flames under microgravity conditions. Professor Strehlow was the first AIAA Fellow in the Department of Aerospace Engineering.
Kenneth Lee Herrick Memorial Award, presented annually to a graduate student in recognition of outstanding research and academic performance —Pavan V. Kolluru of Hyderabad, India; and Daniel J. Morgan of Madison, Wisconsin
AE Alumni Advisory Board Fellowship, presented annually to a graduate student in recognition of outstanding research, academic performance, and research accomplishments —Kevin R. Hart of Racine, Wisconsin
H.S. Stillwell Fellowships, presented annually based on merit to incoming graduate students —Joshua D. Aurich of Henderson, Nevada; Derek Chen of Edison, New Jersey; Shripad Gade of Mumbai, India; and Fan Yang of Guangdong, China
AE students also recently have garnered awards from several other organizations.
Bronze Tablet Awards, recognizing high academic achievement and awarded to the top 3 percent of undergraduate students across the U of I campus. The names of this select group of students are inscribed on bronze tablets displayed on the first floor of the Main Library ¬—David R. Brandyberry of Champaign, Illinois; Jacob R. Dluhy of Riverside, Illinois; David S. Knourek of Mokena, Illinois; and Gil Shohet of Acton, Massachusetts
3rd Place, 2014 NASA Robotic Mining Competition Systems Engineering Paper — Illinois Robotics in Space (IRIS): Alexander W. Case of Lake Villa, Illinois; Anthony J. De Roo of Foosland, Illinois; Cassandra K. Dickey of Newton, Illinois; Peter J. Grega of Ramsey, Minnesota; Zhongzhu Guo of Qingdao, China; Abishek Krishnamoorthy of Boston, Massachusetts; Steven J. Macenski of Arlington Heights, Illinois; Adana N. Pappas of Fullerton, California; Dayne L. Rogers of Rockford, Illinois; Amrutha V. Vasili of Bangalore, India; and Muhammad Aneeq Uz Zaman of Rawalpindi, Pakistan
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Foundation Undergraduate Team Space Transportation Design Contest –
- 1st Place, A-LOFT Team: Stanley Chan of Solon, Ohio; Jobin K. Kokkat of Chatham, Illinois; Timothy R. Lanham of Wood River, Illinois; Julia H. Liu of St. Paul, Minnesota; Dayne L. Rogers of Rockford, Illinois; Clayton J. Summers of Mount Carmel, Illinois
- 2nd Place, Aether Team: Rosemary F. Chapple of Waterloo, Illinois; Matthew A. Dempsey of Orland Park, Illinois; Kailey M. Draves of Marengo, Illinois; Brian A. Duckmann of Des Plaines, Illinois; Je Won Hong of Sungnam, South Korea; Lorena Jaimes of Oakwood Hills, Illinois; and Javier P. Navarro of Valencia, Spain
Harold and Ruth Hayward/Tau Beta Pi Scholarship —Craig C. Babiarz of Rolling Meadows, Illinois
Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics List of Most Downloaded Papers for the Past 12 Months for “Near-Optimal Feedback Strategies Synthesized Using a Spatial Statistical Approach —Pradipto Ghosh of Champaign, Illinois
Mavis Fellowship —Ryne T. Beeson of Lake Forest, Illinois; and Gavin K. Ananda Krishnan of Kuala Lampur, Malaysia
National Defense of Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship —Robyn L. MacDonald of Champaign, Illinois
2015 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship —David R. Brandyberry of Champaign, Illinois; and Gabrielle E. Wroblewski of La Salle, Illinois
Highest Score, Regional Great Midwest High Altitude Rocket Competition — Student Space Grant Systems: David A. Degenhardt of Lisle, Illinois; Florin Ghinet of Skokie, Illinois; Mathew S. Halm of Utica, Illinois; Leigh A. Honzatko of Ames, Iowa; and Courtney R. Reid of Carlinville, Illinois
Robert M. Stephens Engineering Scholarship —Sara E. Kochanski of Bensenville, Illinois
Silicon Valley Bank Trek —Andrew G. Putch of Brussels, Belgium
University Achievement Scholarship —Peter J. Grega of Ramsey, Minnesota
William T. Pascoe III Memorial Engineering Scholarship —Katherine I. Limes of Centennial, Colorado