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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Engineering students win Indiana Space Grant Consortium scholarships

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All of the USI engineering students nominated for Indiana Space Grant Consortium (INSGC) Undergraduate Scholarships will receive the competitive scholarships. The INSGC scholarships are given annually to undergraduate students in a STEM- (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) related major at INSGC-affiliate institutions.

Dr. Glen Kissel, assistant professor of engineering and USI′s INSGC affiliate director, said, "During this 50th anniversary year of NASA, it is gratifying that three deserving USI engineering students have been awarded scholarships to further their education in a STEM field."

Sarah L. Storvick of Indianapolis is a mechanical engineering intern at Raytheon Technical Services Company, a major defense contractor located in Indianapolis, this summer. An Honors Program student, she is president of the USI chapter of the Society of Women Engineers and a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. She has been a member of the Concrete Canoe Team for the last two years. Her extracurricular activity includes serving as an AMIGO and Student Ambassador, and she is employed by the University as an intramural senior supervisor for the Department of Recreation, Fitness, and Wellness.

Junior Alexander J. Schnautz of Evansville holds a summer internship at SABIC Innovative Plastics (formerly GE Plastics) in Mt. Vernon. He is a resident assistant for the STEM Living and Learning Community in Ruston Hall. His special projects in engineering classes have included design for the concrete canoe and building and programming the Lego robots. He participates in pep band and jazz band. He is a member of a Communion and Liberation University (CLU), a Catholic student group, and is music leader for the Catholic services on campus. He has been on the honors list each semester at USI.

His brother Kenneth W. Schnautz, a sophomore, was the chief organizer of USI′s first Lego Robotics Competition. Held in April, the competition attracted 20 teams. He is interning at Hurst Motor Manufacturing in Princeton, Indiana. Schnautz has been involved in numerous robotics competitions over the past eight years, including the IVY Tech Lego Robotics Challenge and the VEX Robotics Competition in Bloomington, Indiana. He coaches teams and instructs robotics classes at Cynthia Heights Elementary School, St. Joseph Catholic School, Helfrich Park Middle School, and IVY Tech Community College. He helped form the USI chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, which he serves as vice president.

They will each be awarded $2,500 INSGC Undergraduate Scholarships for the 2008-2009 academic year.

The INSGC Scholarship Program′s goals are to strengthen NASA and the nation's future workforce attract and retain students in STEM disciplines and provide support for addressing the STEM workforce development needs of the state of Indiana.

Wendy Knipe Bredhold
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