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2012-2013 Scholarship and Fellowship Awardees

Graduate Fellows

Christopher Baker

Christopher Baker is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. He is researching the Simulation and Analysis of Phonon Physics Using the Wavelet Transform.

MODE RESOLVED THERMAL TRANSPORT IN AMORPHOUS SILICON: A MOLECULAR DYNAMICS STUDY
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Zachary Bradshaw

Zachary Bradshaw is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. His research investigates the Mathematical Thoery of Magnetohydrodynamics Turbulence.

TURBULENT CASCADES IN 3D INCOMPRESSIBLE PLASMAS
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Ksenia Brazhnik

Ksenia Brazhnik is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. She is researching the Development of the ZELIG Gap Model for Improved Characterization of Eurasian Boreal Forests.

SPATIALLY-EXPLICIT MODELING OF SIBERIAN BOREAL FORESTS
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Kenneth Brown

Kenneth Brown is a Master's candidate at Virginia Tech. He is researching Aerodynamic Corrections for the Anechoic Test Section in the Virginia Tech Stability Wind Tunnel.

A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF HARDWALL AND HYBRID ANECHOIC TEST SECTION AERODYNAMICS
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Ryan Coe

Ryan Coe is a Ph. D. candidate at Virginia Tech. He is researching Vehicle Control on Computational Fluid Dynamicas-Based Environments.

CFD-BASED MANEUVERING SIMULATIONS FOR AUTONOMOUS UNDERWATER VEHICLES
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Joanna Corby

Joanna Corby is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. Her research topic is Prebiotic Chemistry in a the Galactic Center.

THE NITRILES PROJECT: MOLECULE FORMATION IN THE GALACTIC CENTER
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Amanda Daniel

Amanda Daniel is a Ph. D. candidate at Old Dominion University. Her research topic is Waveform-Agile Sensing for Detection and Tracking of UAV's Using Radar.

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Ali Haider Dhanaliwala

Ali Haider Dhanaliwala is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. His research focuses on the development of acoustically active red blood cells as a novel ultrasound contrast agent and drug delivery vehicle.

RED BLOOD CELLS AS AN ULTRASOUND CONTRAST AGENT
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Justin Erwin

Justin Erwin is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. His research topic is Atmospheric Escape/Loss, Modeling Pluto's Thermosphere.

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Gerald Frost

Gerald Frost is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. He is applying satellite- and ground-based techniques to identify recent changes to vegetation and permafrost at the forest-tundra boundary of northern Eurasia.

BIOME SHIFTS IN SIBERIAN ARCTIC TUNDRA: EVIDENCE FROM FIVE DECADES OF SPACE-BASED EARTH OBSERVATION
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Jeffrey Garnand-Royo

Jeffrey Garnand-Royo is a Master's candidate at Virginia Tech. His research topic is Measuring Nonlinear Static Deflection in Joined Wing Sensorcraft Flight Tests.

DESIGN AND EVALUATION OF GEOMETRIC NONLINEARITIES OF 1/9TH SCALED JOINED WING SENSORCRAFT FLIGHT TEST
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Jonathan Geasey

Jonathan Geasey is a Master's candidate at Hampton University. His research project is the Vertical Temperature and Water Vapor Comparisons using the Cross-Track Infrared Sounder (CrIS).

VALIDATION OF CROSS-TRACK INFRARED SOUNDER (CRIS) PROFILES OVER EASTERN VIRGINIA
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Amy Grady

Amy Grady is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. Her research involves the Influence of Climate Change on Wave Dissapition over Coral Reefs and Subsequent Effects on Beach Morphology.

THE INFLUENCE OF SEA LEVEL RISE AND CHANGES IN FRINGING REEF MORPHOLOGY ON PATTERNS OF COASTAL SEDIMENT TRANSPORT
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Lenora Harper

Lenora Harper is a Ph. D. candidate at Old Dominion University. Her research topic is Investigation of the Initial Decompostition Mechanism of HEDMs Using Density Functional Theory.

OPTIMIZATION OF DFT METHODS AND BASIS SETS TO INVESTIGATE THE DECOMPOSITION OF NOVEL HEDMS
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Ethan Heil

Ethan Heil is a Master's candidate at the University of Virginia. He is researching Utilizing Space-Based and Land-Based Observations to Analyze Primary Productivity and Carbon Cycling in Dry Tropical Forrests.

EXAMINING FOREST STRUCTURE IN THE MOZAMBICAN MIOMBO WOODLANDS UTILIZING IN-SITU AND REMOTELY SENSED MEASUREMENTS AND OBSERVATIONS
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David Hondula

David Hondula is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. His research topic is Climate and Human Health - Investigating Intra-City Variability in Environmental Characteristics and Human Mortality During Extreme Heat Events.

ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT ON HUMAN MORTALITY DURING EXTREME HEAT EVENTS WITH LANDSAT DATA
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Travis Horrom

Travis Horrom is a Ph. D. candidate at The College of William and Mary. His research topic is Quantum Squeezed Light.

QUANTUM-ENHANCED OPTICAL MAGNETOMETER USING SQUEEZED LIGHT IN ATOMIC VAPOR
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Megan Ivory

Megan Ivory is a Ph. D. candidate at The College of William and Mary. She is researching A Fermicon Atomic Clock for Space Applications.

PROGRESS TOWARDS CONSTRUCTION OF A FERMION ATOMIC CLOCK FOR NASA’S DEEP SPACE NETWORK
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Ryan Johnson

Ryan Johnson is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. His research topic is Development of a Cohesive Reactive Bondary Larger Model for Ablating Surface Applications.

LAMINAR REACTIVE BOUNDARY LAYER SIMULATION OF AN ABLATING HEATED CARBON SURFACE
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Polinpapilinho Katina

Polinpapilinho Katina is a Ph. D. candidate at Old Dominion University.  His research topic is The Development of a Systems-based Framework to Address Technical and Non-Technical Factors Affecting Air Transportation Systems.

TOWARDS A METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING COMPLEX SYSTEM CONSTRAINTS IMPACTING PERFORMANCE OF NASA AERONAUTICS MISSIONS
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Justin Kirik

Justin Kirik is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. His research involves An Investigation of a Scramjet Cavity Flameholder with Stereoscopic Particle Image Velocimetry.

AN INVESTIGATION OF A SCRAMJET CAVITY FLAMEHOLDER USING STEREOSCOPIC PARTICLE IMAGE VELOCIMETRY
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Sean Koebley

Sean Koebley is a Ph. D. candidate at The College of William and Mary. His research investigates the Permeation of Oxygen Through a Silver Membrane from a CO2 Glow Discharge.

A CONTINUOUS AND EFFICIENT O2 SUPPLY FROM THE MARTIAN ATMOSPHERE
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Kathleen Moore

Kathleen Moore is a Ph. D. candidate at The College of Wiliam and Mary. Her research investigates Photometric Calculation of 3D Surface Orientation Information and Sub-Surface Scattering Parameters Using Multispectral Ilumination.

TRANSLUCENCY AND PHOTOMETRIC STEREO
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Craig Morris

Craig Morris is a Ph. D. candidate at Virginia Tech. His research uses Integrated Control and Effector Design in a Multidisiplinary Design Optimization of a Supersonic Tailless Long Range Aircraft.

FLYING QUALITIES CONSTRAINTS IN THE MULTIDISCIPLINARY DESIGN OPTIMIZATION OF A SUPERSONIC TAILLESS LONG RANGE
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Ashley Nelson

Ashley Nelson is a Ph. D. candidate at Virginia Tech. Her research investigates Stilbene-Containing Thermotropic Liquid Crystalline Polyesters for Aerospace Applications.

STILBENE-CONTAINING THERMOTROPIC LIQUID CRYSTALLINE POLYESTERS FOR AEROSPACE APPLICATIONS
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Tim Pennucci

Timothy Pennucci is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. His research includes Modeling Pulsar Profile Evolution for High-Precision Timing.

DEVELOPMENTS IN WIDEBAND TIMING OF MILLISECOND PULSARS
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Tyrone Phillips

Tyrone Phillips is a Ph. D. candidate at Virginia Tech. His research involves Residual-Based Discretization Error Estimation for Computational Fluid Dynamics.

RESIDUAL-BASED DISCRETIZATION ERROR ESTIMATION FOR COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS
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Greger Pioszak

Greg Piozak is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. His research investigates Stress Corrosion Cracking Characterization and Management in the Ultra-High Strength Steel Alloys.

CHARACTERIZATION OF STRESS CORROSION CRACKING (SCC) IN ULTRA-HIGH STRENGTH STAINLESS STEEL
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Troy Probst

Troy Probst is a Master's candidate at Virginia Tech. His research involves Optimizing the Effectiveness of Piezoelectric Actuators in Morphing Wings.

COMPARING THE EFFECTS OF DIFFERENT PARAMETERS ON THE PERFORMANCE OF AN MFC-ACTUATED MORPHING WING
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Jesse Quinlan

Jesse Quinlan is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. His research investigates Unsteady Simulation of Dual-Mode Transition Flows Using a Hybrid Large-Eddy/Reynolds-Averaged Simulation (LES/RAS).

TOWARD LARGE-EDDY/REYNOLDS-AVERAGED SIMULATION OF SUPERSONIC COMBUSTION
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Brian Rice

Brian Rice is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. His research topic includes Experimental Characterization of a Dual-Mode Scramjet Via Stereoscopic Particle Image Velocimetry.

CHARACTERIZATION OF A DUAL-MODE SCRAMJET COMBUSTOR VIA STEREOSCOPIC PARTICLE IMAGE VELOCIMETRY
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William Roach

William Roach is a Ph. D. candidate at The College of William and Mary. His research involves NbN Thin Films and Multilayers for SRF Cavaties.

NIOBIUM NITRIDE THIN FILMS AND MULTILAYERS FOR SRF APPLICATIONS
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Robert Robertson

Robert Robertson is a Ph. D. candidate at Virginia Tech. He is researching ORBS: Orbiting Radiation Pressure Barameter Sphere Swarms for In Situ Measurements.

ORBS: FEMTOSAT SWARMS FOR SPACE SCIENCE APPLICATIONS
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Veronica Scerra

Veronica Scerra is a Master's candidate at Old Dominion University. She is researching the Effects of Sensory Modality on the Hemodynamics of the Frontal Lobe, and the Vigilance Decrement During Sustained Attention Tasks.

EFFECT OF SENSORY MODALITY ON PERFORMANCE, WORKLOAD, AND FRONTAL LOBE OXYGENATION IN A STANDARD VIGILANCE TASK
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Yousef Shakhsheer

Yousef Shakhsheer is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. His research topic is the Power Management for Energy Harvesting Body Sensor Network Nodes.

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Kaitlin Spak

Kaitlin Spak is a Ph. D. candidate at Virginia Tech. Her research involves Modeling the Effects of Cable Harness on the Dynamic Response of Spacecraft Structures.

SPACE FLIGHT CABLE MODEL DEVELOPMENT
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Evan Thomas

Evan Thomas is a PhD candidate at Virginia Tech. His research involves studying the dynamics of ionospheric plasma irregularities as measured by GPS receivers and SuperDARN HF radars.

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Christopher Triola

Christopher Triola is a Ph. D. candidate at The College of William and Mary. He is researching the Collective Electronic Properties of Bilayer Graphene and it's Heterostructures.

COLECTIVE ELECTRONIC PROPERTIES OF GAPPED BILAYER GRAPHENE
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Hamilton Turner

Hamilton Turner is a Ph. D. candidate at Virginia Tech. His research involves Optional Software Components in Multi-Constraint Deployment Optimization Problems.

VALIDATION FRAMEWORK FOR MULTIPROCESSOR AND DISTRIBUTED SCHEDULING ALGORITHMS
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Jake Tynis

Jake Tynis is a Master's candidate at Old Dominion University. His research includes the Investigation of Buoyant Transport System that Exploit Martian Weather Patterns.

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Justin Webster

Justin Webster is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. His research includes Analysis and Control of Flow-Structure Interventions.

MATHEMATICAL MODELS OF FLUTTERING PLATES: SUPERSONIC FLOWS
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William Witt

William Witt is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Virginia. His research involves Analysis and Optimization of Advanced Turbomachinery Seals.

A HYBRID CFD/BULK-FLOW METHOD FOR ANALYZING INCOMPRESSIBLE FLOW IN LABYRINTH SEALS
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Undergraduates

Benjamin Arthur

Benjamin Arthur is a Bachelor's candidate at the University of Virginia.  He is researching the Implementation of a Supersonic Wind Tunnel for an Instructional Undergraduate Aerodynamics Laboratory.

IMPLEMENTATION OF A SUPERSONIC WIND TUNNEL FOR AN INSTRUCTIONAL UNDERGRADUATE AERODYNAMICS LABORATORY
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Jacob Bean

Jacob Bean is a Bachelor's candidate at Virginia Tech. His research topic is Linear Moving Mass Satellite Attitude Control.

SMALL SATELLITE ATTITUDE CONTROL USING LINEAR MOVING MASS ACTUATORS
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Minnae Chabwera

Minnae Chabwera is a Bachelor's candidate at Hampton University. She will be researching a Low Energy Linear Accelerator (LELIA).

RADIATION SHIELDING FOR THE 100 keV ELECTRON GUN OF THE HAMPTON UNIVERSITY LOW ENERGY LINEAR ACCELERATOR
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Alex Friedman

Alex Friedman is a Senior at Virginia Tech. His research includes Real-Time Modeling of Spacecraft Simulators Using Systems Tool Kit (STK).

REAL-TIME MODELING OF SPACECRAFT SIMULATORS USING SYSTEMS TOOL KIT (STK)
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Avi Friedman

Avi Friedman is a Senior at Virginia Tech. His research topic is Heat Transfer and Decompostion of Gas Turbines.

MEASURING MICROPARTICLE IMPACT CHARACTERISTICS UNDER REALISTIC GAS TURBINE CONDITIONS
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Nicholas Jenkins

Nicholas Jenkins is a Junior at Old Dominion University. His research topic is the Measurement of Physiological Responses to Dissonant Tones.

THE IMPACT OF DISSONANT TONES ON PERFORMANCE
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Ryan Loomis

Ryan Loomis is a Senior at the University of Virginia. His research includes the Investigation of Interstellar Formation Routes Through Spectral Analysis of Propynal Isomers.

MAPPING THE DISTRIBUTION OF ACETALDEHYDE TOWARDS ORION KL
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Meghan Luff

Meghan Luff is a Junior at the University of Virginia. Her research involves Particle Image Velocimetry in a Dual-Mode Scramjet Combustor.

REDUCTION OF TRIBOELECTRIC CHARGING OF WINDOWS DURING PIV TESTING
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Alana Ogata

Alana Ogata is Junior at The College of William and Mary. Her research involves Analyzing the Efficiency of Dye Sensitized Solar Cells Using Single Molecule Spectroscopy.

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Shruti Patel

Shruti Patel is a Senior at the University of Virginia. Her research investigates Improving the Space Treadmill Through Shoe Optimization.

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Britannia Vondrasek

Britannia Vondrasek is a Senior at Virginia Tech. Her research involves the Electro-Mechanical Characterization of Carbon Nanotube Sensor Thread Composites.

ELECTRON MICROSCOPY CHARACTERIZATION OF CARBON NANOTUBE YARNS FOR SENSORS IN COMPOSITE MATERIALS
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Charles Wang

Charles Wang is a Senior at The College of William and Mary. His research topic is Nanoparticle-Based Detection Systems for Volatile Organics in Enclosed Spaces.

DEVELOPMENT OF COPPER(I) IODIDE DETECTION SYSTEMS FOR VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS
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Community College Scholars

Troy Clayton

Troy Clayton is a student at John Tyler Community College. He plans on pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Engineering.

Benjamin Coates

Benjamin Coates is a student at Central Virginia Community College. He plans on pursuing an Associates degree in Life Sciences.

Kathleen Copeland-Fish

Kathleen Copeland-Fish is a student at Tidewater Community College. She plans on pursuing a Ph. D. in Science.

Elliott Fairhurst

Elliott Fairhurst is a student at Germanna Community College. He plans on pursing a Master's degree in Engineering.

Jessica Foss

Jessica Foss is a student at Central Virginia Community College. She plans on pursuing a Master's degree in Biology.

Jonathon Huskins

Jonathon Huskins is a student at Thomas Nelson Community College. He plans on pursuing a Master's degree in Engineering.

Doreen Ngo

Doreen Ngo is a student at Northern Virginia Community College. She plans on pursing a Master's degree in Engineering.

Timothy Parcell

Timothy Parcell is a student at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. He plans on pursuing a Master's degree in Engineering.

Teacher Education Scholars

Andrew Chase

Andrew Chase is a Master's candidate at the University of Virginia. He is pursuing a Teaching degree in Biology.

Joseph Murray

Joseph Murray is a Master's candidate at Virginia Tech. He plans on teaching Geosciences.

Adam Rotche

Adam Rotche is a Senior at The College of William and Mary. He plans on teaching Biology.

Kristel Trolenberg

Kristel Trolenberg is a Senior at Old Dominion University. She plans on teaching Earth and Ocean Sciences.

Megan Willis

Megan Willis is a Senior at Virginia Tech. She plans on teaching Geoscience.

Undergraduate STEM Bridge Scholars

Brittany Bullock

Brittany Bullock is a Junion at the University of Virginia. She is majoring in Biomedical Enginering.

Lia Corbett

Lia Corbett is a Junior at The College of William and Mary. She is majoring in Biology with a minor in Marine Science.

Kayla Farrow

Kayla Farrow is a Sophomore at Old Dominion University. She is majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Char'Rese Finney

Char'Rese Finney is a Sophomore at The College of William and Mary. She is majoring in Environmental Science/Biology.

Thomas Goldsmith

Thomas Goldsmith is a Sophomore at Old Dominion University. He is majoring in Computer Science.

Jasmin Green

Jasmin Green is a Sophmore at The College of William and Mary. He is majoring in Biology and Environmental Science.

Jazmin Henderson

Jazmin Henderson is a sophomore at Hampton University. She is majoring in Electrical Engineering.

Alyssa Hester

Alyssa Hester is a Junior at the University of Virginia. She is majoring in Biomedical Engineering.

Zachary Hinton

Zachary Hinton is a Sophomore at Hampton University. He is majoring in Computer Information Systems.

Simone Hyater-Adams

Simone Hyater-Adams is a Junior at Hampton University. She is majoring in Physics.

Kevin Jackson

Kevin Jackson is a Sophomore at Old Dominion University. He is majoring in Psychology/Pre-Med.

Ebrima Jobe

Ebrima Jobe is a Junior at Hampton University. He is majoring in Computer Information Systems.

Abraham Martinez

Abraham Martinez is a Junior at Virginia Tech. He is majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

Johnathan Maza

Johnathan Maza is a Sophomore at The College of William and Mary. He is majoring in Chemistry.

Blake McMillian

Blake McMillian is a Sophomore at Hampton Unviversity. He is majoring in Computer Science.

Jordan Schafer

Jordan Schafer is a Sophomore at Virginia Tech. He is majoring is Aerospace Engineering.

Charles Scott

Charles Scott is a Junior at Hampton University. He is majoring in Computer Science.

Jasmine Smallwood

Jasmine Smallwood is a Junior at Old Dominion University. She is majoring in Computer Science.

Courtney Smith

Courtney Smith is a Junior at Hampton University. She is majoring in Computer Science.

Daniel Thompson

Daniel Thompson is a Sophomore at Hampton University. He is majoring in Computer Information Systems.

Marisa Tukpah

Marisa Tukpah is a Sophomore at Hampton University. She is majoring in Chemical Engineering.

David Vasquez

David Vasquez is a sophomore at Virginia Tech. He is majoring in Biochemistry.

Anthony Wright

Anthony Wright is a Junior at The College of William and Mary. He is majoring in Chemistry.