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Brikner and Lautz win National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships

Spring 2011 - Natalya Brikner and Jaclyn Lautz, both second-year mechanical engineering graduate students, have won National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. The fellowship includes a three-year annual stipend of $30,000 each year, $10,500 a year for tuition and fees, a one time $1000 for international travel, and opportunities for international research and professional development. Natalya, who is working with Assistant Professor John Protz, will pursue research titled “Design and test of an injector-pumped micro-scale rocket engine for launching small satellites into orbit.” Jaclyn, who works with Associate Professor Pei Zhong, is pursuing research titled “Investigation of the Dynamics and Bioeffects of Shock Wave-induced Microbubble-Cell Interaction in an Engineered Blood Vessel.” Congratulations to Natalya and Jaclyn on this achievement.