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Aerospace Student Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

April 14, 2006

Michael Byron Webb, who is pursuing a master’s degree in aerospace engineering at The University of Texas at Arlington, has been awarded a prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship by the National Science Foundation. NSF Fellows are expected to become knowledge experts who can contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering.

“Byron is an extremely dedicated and focused student, set to make a significant contribution to the aerospace engineering community,” said Assistant Professor Kamesh Subbarao, Webb’s graduate advisor. “He truly deserves this prestigious award.” The fellowship, which provides three years of support totaling $125,000, is intended for students who are at the early stages of their graduate study.

Students receiving an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship may use the funds over a five-year period at an institution of their choice. Webb has chosen to remain at UT Arlington to pursue a doctoral degree. “After that, I hope to get some experience in a research facility such as Los Alamos or Sandia National Labs, and then possibly return to UT Arlington to teach,” Webb said.

This is the second time this semester that an aerospace engineering graduate student has received a national award. In March, Jennifer Goss received the Amelia Earhart Fellowship from Zonta International.