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Aerospace engineering PhD student honored with national fellowship

In recognition of academic excellence and science, technology, engineering and math achievements, aerospace engineering PhD student Braxton Harter was awarded a 2018 National Defense Science and Engineering (NDSEG) Fellowship Award.

HarterHarterThe fellowship lasts for a period of up to three years, and covers full tuition and mandatory fees, according to its website. The Department of Defense awards the fellowships as a means of increasing the number of U.S. citizens and nationals trained in science and engineering disciplines of military importance.

Under the guidance of his advisor, Professor Jim Gregory, Harter plans to focus his research on phenomena related to the aerodynamics of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in anticipation of their full integration into the National Airspace System. He’s enthusiastic about the opportunities the fellowship will bring, which includes a monthly stipend and provides coverage for two trips for training and/or conferences in support of educational initiatives.

"I am greatly honored to be a part of the 2018 NDSEG fellowship class,” says Harter, who completes his research at the university’s Aerospace Research Center. “With this fellowship, I have the freedom and opportunity to engage in research that I find fascinating and will advance the aerospace field. I am proud to represent Ohio State in this opportunity."

The NDSEG Fellowship is sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), the Army Research Office (ARO), and the Office of Naval Research (ONR) under the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (OSD) for Research and Engineering.

In addition to this distinction, Harter also received Honorable Mention for a 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program. This academic achievement gives Harter access to cyberinfrastructure resources, including supercomputer time, in support of research toward completion of his graduate program.

Award overview information states that the program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.

Harter will be able to advantage his research by utilizing program resources.