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AEM junior receives scholarship


AEM junior Doug Storey is the latest recipient of the Minnesota Professional Engineers Foundation scholarship.

How does research quail developmental biology and nuclear physics prepare one for aerospace engineering?

For Doug Storey, a junior in AEM, it’s all about research experience.
Storey joined AEM in fall 2007 after receiving a bachelor of science in physics at the University of Winnipeg – he was able to do this through a U Winnipeg-U of M dual-degree partnership.

Storey was also recently awarded a scholarship from the Minnesota Professional Engineers Foundation. The Foundation is a nonprofit corporation of the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers which funds educational activities and aims to encourage students to become engineers.

Being new to the area, Storey says he was grateful for the scholarship – both for the financial assistance and the recognition from MPSE.

“Tuition here is a bit more then I’m used to, so every little bit helps,” he explains. “This award also helps to raise my confidence - I’m in a new field, so I was a bit unsure.”

As a senior in high school, Storey learned of the route where he could come to the University of Minnesota through its partnership with the University of Winnipeg. The dual-degree program offers many engineering options, but aerospace engineering has always been his interest, Storey says.

They key for Storey’s drive to research lies in his varied research.  Through these endeavors, first using an fMRI to scan a quail embro, and separately  designing and later creating a gold-diamond electron detector, Storey has been exposed to the trials and tribulations associated with research – and he says he likes it.

“The projects all seem very unrelated and they are in ways, but they are also experience,” Storey says. “I have research experience in various different topics, including a strong physics background because of my research at University of Winnipeg and some background in actual engineering from building the electron detector.”

Though his area of interest in AEM is not set in stone – Storey says he is fascinated with both fluid and solid mechanics as well as aerospace systems – what is clear is his interest in further education. Storey plans to continue on to graduate school, eventually ending up with a Ph.D. and likely a career in academia.

Last Modified: Wednesday, 22-Aug-2012 13:32:48 CDT -- this is in International Standard Date and Time Notation