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June 6, 2003
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Tech Student and Alum Chosen For AFRL Program
A South Dakota School of Mines and Technology doctoral student, as well as a May 2003 graduate, have been selected for the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Space Scholars Program.
Jason Ash, of Shenandoah, Iowa, is pursuing a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering and Science at Tech. Eric Pollard of Sioux City, Iowa, graduated in May with a bachelor’s of science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Both are working at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, N.M. The program runs through the summer.
“This is a very prestigious program and accepts a small number of the students who apply,��� South Dakota Tech President Dr. Richard Gowen said. “The two scholars from Tech deserve to be congratulated for their selection and their hard work.”
The two Tech scholars are among 30 people AFRL selected from across the country. Those selected will work in AFRL’s Space Vehicles Directorate alongside an AFRL researcher. The researchers function as mentors and offer close support and guidance to the student carrying out the research.
Two Nobel Laureates will visit the program participants during the summer. On June 3, Dr. Richard Smalley, the Nobel Laureate in nano-carbon technology, presented a lecture entitled "Our Energy Challenge-A New Mission for Space.”
Scholars were competitively selected on the basis of their scholastic achievement and potential contribution to technology areas that are strategically important to the research important to the lab.
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