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David E. Steitz
May 17, 2012 RELEASE : 12-158
WASHINGTON -- NASA has selected the
2012 class of Space Technology Research Fellows. Forty-eight students will receive graduate student fellowships
from NASA's Space Technology Program to pursue master’s or doctoral degrees in relevant space technology
disciplines at their respective institutions.
Through the Space Technology Research Fellowships Program,
NASA is providing the nation with a pipeline of highly skilled engineers and technologists to improve U.S.
competitiveness while developing the intellectual and technological foundation needed for future science and
exploration missions. The program is part of a renewed emphasis on technology at NASA, which is designed to
inspire the nation and contribute to an innovation-driven economy.
"By investing in the intellectual
capacity of America's best and brightest minds today, we're guaranteeing not only a great future for NASA, but
also for the nation," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. "These NASA Fellows will bolster America's
competitiveness in a knowledge-based, global economy while enabling our space exploration goals."
Space Technology Fellows will perform innovative space technology research while building the skills necessary to
become future technological leaders. Selected candidates will perform graduate student research on their
respective campuses and at NASA centers and nonprofit U.S. research and development laboratories.
list of fellowship recipients and their respective research institutions and research topics, visit:
The fellowships program is managed for NASA's Space Technology Program by the
agency's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. For information about NASA's Space Technology Program and the
fellowships program, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/oct