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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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