Archive for July, 2009

FSU Engineering student wins Fellowship

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By Barry Ray
July 2009


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A Florida State University doctoral student is the recipient of a prestigious fellowship designed to reward and attract the best and the brightest minds in science and engineering to space-related careers.

Angelo Karavolos, who is currently completing a Ph.D. at the Florida A&M University-Florida State University College of Engineering, has been awarded a Florida Space Grant Consortium fellowship — one of only two presented in the state each year. He will receive a one-year stipend of $20,000 for full-time doctoral study, renewable for two additional years. Karavolos’ research interests include nanomaterial applications for space-habitat environmental quality, medicine and human factors.

”We are delighted that Angelo has been recognized with this well-deserved honor,” said Amy Chan-Hilton, an associate professor and associate chair in the college’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Karavolos’ major adviser. “I expect that his interdisciplinary doctoral research in materials and environmental engineering will have significant positive implications in space and industrial applications.”

A native of Champaign, Ill., and current resident of Crestview, Fla., Karavolos has master’s degrees from the universities of Kentucky and Illinois, as well as Auburn University, in the areas of engineering and biology. He also possesses industrial and military experience.

“I am pleased to accept this award for my degree program,” Karavolos said. “It is indeed an honor and privilege to work on concepts of such importance to the space program and our country. I wish to thank everyone who made my efforts possible, both those at NASA and my adviser, and my wife, Diane.”

Formed by NASA in 1989, the Florida Space Grant Consortium is a voluntary association of 17 public and private Florida universities and colleges. The consortium supports the expansion and diversification of Florida’s space industry by providing grants, scholarships and fellowships to students and educators from Florida’s public and private institutions of higher education.

Nominees for Florida Space Grant Consortium fellowships must be enrolled in master’s or doctoral programs with the intent of pursuing “space” research, broadly defined to include aeronautics and astronautics, remote sensing, atmospheric sciences, and other fundamental sciences and technologies relying on and/or directly affecting space technological resources.

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Former FSGC Students Receive NASA Award

The Florida Space Grant Consortium is delighted to congratulate our former support recipients Andrew McDonald and Nathaniel Ambler upon their induction into the NASA Student Ambassadors Virtual Community. McDonald, a former NASA Academy research intern at Goddard Space Flight Center, and Ambler, a former FSGC KSC intern, will both partake in this new venture in which NASA will attempt to draw closer connections amongst its interns and future employees via interactive technology.

“I was so excited when I got the news and I am really looking forward to spreading the word about the NASA’s programs and opportunities. I want to let other students know that they can do it too”, said McDonald, who recently completed a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Central Florida. His enthusiasm for science and his studies is infectious; it makes it easy to see why NASA has chosen him as an ambassador.

NASA has inducted more than 80 high-performing interns into the newly unveiled NASA Student Ambassadors Virtual Community. This first group of students includes interns from 35 states and 64 different universities. “As NASA prepares to develop and deploy a next generation of space vehicles, the agency requires greater depth of knowledge and pursuit of innovation than ever before,” said Joyce Winterton, assistant administrator for Education at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “To ensure success in meeting future exploration goals, NASA and the nation must adapt to the changing landscape and develop new strategies to cultivate its future workforce.”

Some of these new strategies include the use of social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, & YouTube, to connect current NASA interns with one another and also to help them communicate with students who are interested in what NASA has to offer. “I think it is great that students will be able to use these sites to get good information from current NASA interns about what they are doing and how they got there. I believe it will raise NASA’s profile in the collegiate community”, said McDonald.

Members of the NASA Student Ambassadors Virtual Community will interact with NASA, share information, make professional connections, collaborate with peers, represent NASA in a variety of venues, and help NASA inspire and engage future interns. It is all about creating the channels in which communication can flow freely and immediately between NASA interns of both today and the future. With the center of these communication channels located at NASA Ambassadors Virtual Community website, students will now have a hub of reliable quality interactive information about NASA’s programs.

For more information about the NASA Student Ambassadors Virtual Community and to see an interactive map of the United States containing the names and schools of the 2009 Cohort I participants, visit:

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