AE Students Earn 2009 Departmental Awards
AIAA Scholastic Achievement Award, to the senior graduating in May 2009 with the highest class GPA — Michael Day of Homer Glen, Illinois.
H.S. Stillwell Memorial Award, to students showing outstanding scholastic achievement and contributions in extracurricular activities — Michael Day and Wilbur Chang of Taipei,Taiwan.
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 of theUniversity 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.
Robert W. McCloy Memorial Award, to a junior or first-semester senior student in recognition of outstanding academic performance — Jie Hua Lin of Bolingbrook, Illinois, and Muktha Srinivasan of Rochester, Minnesota.
Professor McCloy was the first faculty member hired in the new Dept 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 — Joseph Gonzalez of Chicago, Illinois.
Dale Margerum was a 1979 graduate who died in an accident the summer after graduation. He was very involved in extracurricular activities.
H.S. Stillwell Problem Solving Scholarship, to a junior-level student majoring in aerospace engineering who exhibits exemplary problem-solving skills — Brandon Copp of Lawrenceville,Illinois.
This scholarship was set up by a generous alum as a tribute to H.S. Stillwell and the role he played as a mentor to students.
Roger A. Srehlow Memorial Award, to a graduate student in recognition of outstanding research accomplishment — Mohammad Naraghi of Tehran, Iran.
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 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.
Faculty Outstanding Graduate Award, in recognition of outstanding contributions to the Department’s teaching and/or research missions — Sang Lee of Seoul, Korea.
AE students also recently have garnered awards from several other organizations.
Illinois Space Grant Scholarships, awarded to undergraduate students by the NASA Illinois Space Grant Consortium based on the student’s academic performance —
Illinois Space Grant Fellowships, awarded to entering and continuing students —
Robert Thomas II
The NASA Illinois Space Grant Consortium awards these fellowships to graduate students based on the student’s academic and research performance.
Bronze Tablet, awarded to the top 3 percent of undergraduate students across campus —Wilbur Chang.
The names of this select group of undergraduate students are inscribed on bronze tablets that are displayed on the first floor of the University of Illinois Main Library.
U.S. Department of Defense SMART Scholarships — Michael Duffy and Jie Hua Lin.
An acronym for the Science, Math, and Research for Transformation scholarship program, SMART is part of an effort to improve the flow of new, highly skilled technical labor into DoD laboratories and agencies and to enhance the technical skills of the workforce already in place. The program offers scholarships and fellowships to undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students who have a demonstrated ability and special aptitude in the sciences. Duffy was selected by the Army and Lin, by the Air Force.
Boeing Women-in-Eng. Corp. Scholarship — Jessica Wayer and Sarah Fullmer
NSERC Post Graduate Scholarship — Craig Merrett
The Postgraduate Scholarships (PGS) Program of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada provides financial support to high-caliber students who are engaged in master's or doctoral programs in the natural sciences or engineering. This support allows these students to fully concentrate on their studies and to seek out the best research mentors in their chosen fields.
Northrop Grumman DESP Award — Liz Chapman and Jessica Wayer