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AEM spotlight:

AEM senior selected for prestigious Astronaut Scholarship

Cole Kazemba, AEM senior, remembers visiting Kennedy Space Center as one of his first exposures to aerospace engineering. "It's always been something I knew I wanted to do, I never thought twice about it," Kazemba says.

Nominated by a UMN professor he had as a freshman, he was selected as one of 18 recipients from a pool of nominees across the nation. "I'm honored to be selected. It's nice to know that hard work does pay off,"says Kazemba who manages a full course load, works at 3M and leads a portion of the Nanosat project with AEM faculty Demoz Gebre-Egziabher.

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation was originally founded in 1984 with the goal of "retaining it's world leadership in science and technology." The scholarship program was created to support promising students who show initiative, creativity, and excellence.

AEM Department head, Prof. Gary Balas comments, "The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation scholarship is very prestigious and highly competitive. It's award recognizes Cole's academic success and contributions to the University of Minnesota nano-sat team. We are extremely proud of Cole and take great pride in his success."

"The $10,000 scholarship award is given to top engineering and science students who exhibit motivation, imagination and exceptional performance in their field of study. This is the highest monetary award given in the United States to science and engineering students at the undergraduate level based solely on merit."

More information on the program can be found at the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation webpage.


Last Modified: Wednesday, 22-Aug-2012 14:21:48 CDT -- this is in International Standard Date and Time Notation