Alexander Metcalf, a senior aerospace engineering main within the College of Engineering and Computer Science and a member of the Renée Crown University Honors Program, has been named 2021-22 Astronaut Scholar by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF).

Founded by the Mercury 7 astronauts, the muse awards scholarships to college students of their junior or senior yr who’re pursuing research in science, know-how, engineering or arithmetic and who plan to pursue analysis or advance their subject upon completion of their closing diploma. Nominees are chosen based mostly on their exemplary tutorial efficiency, ingenuity and distinctive aptitude for analysis. Metcalf is one in every of 60 college students from 44 schools and universities across the nation to obtain the award this yr.

Alexander Metcalf

Alexander Metcalf

In addition to funding for instructional bills of as much as $15,000, the scholarship contains the chance for students to characterize their establishments and current their analysis on the Scholar Technical Conference; skilled mentoring for one yr by scholarship alumni, a C-suite govt or an astronaut; the chance to take part in an expert improvement program and basis occasions; and membership within the Astronaut Scholar Honor Society.

Metcalf will obtain the award through the ASF Innovators Week and Gala held Aug. 11-15 in Orlando, Florida. 

“I am honored to have been recognized as an Astronaut Scholar by the Astronaut Scholar Foundation. I’d like to thank my primary research mentor, Jeongmin Ahn; the Center for Fellowship and Scholarship Advising (CFSA); and my family for their support throughout my college career,” says Metcalf. “I hope to leverage this award in the future as I pursue additional educational and research opportunities.”

The Astronaut Scholarship is the most recent in a sequence of nationally aggressive scholarships Metcalf has acquired. Earlier this yr, he was chosen for a 2021 Goldwater Scholarship and for a U.S. Department of Defense SMART Scholarship.

“Alex’s strong and varied research profile, as well as his extraordinary academic record, made him an outstanding nominee for the Astronaut Scholarship,” says Jolynn Parker, director of the CFSA. “We’re thrilled that this award will support him in the important work he aims to do in aeronautics.”

Metcalf has sought out a spread of analysis alternatives throughout his time at Syracuse. In summer time 2019, he interned at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, growing pc code able to performing mechanism meeting for the software program Engineering Sketch Pad beneath the advisement of John Dannenhoffer, affiliate professor and aerospace engineering undergraduate program director.

He additionally pursued a bioengineering unbiased examine analysis challenge through the fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters overseen by Pun To (Douglas) Yung, affiliate educating professor of biomedical and chemical engineering and bioengineering undergraduate program director. Project Footstrike centered on making a computerized shoe insole able to measuring a consumer’s heel strike and toe off mechanics throughout exercise. Metcalf was the lead pc coder for this challenge, which required him to jot down code in C++ and MATLAB coding languages with the purpose of accelerating accuracy of the heel strike and toe off mechanics measurements.

In summer time 2020, Metcalf joined the Combustion and Energy Research laboratory of Jeongmin Ahn, affiliate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering. There, he’s presently engaged on a hybrid energy prepare for small unmanned aerial autos.

This summer time, Metcalf is working as a methods engineering intern for Honeywell’s aerospace sector. “I am very excited about working closely with real engineers who have years of industry experience. In the first two weeks of the internship, I have already learned so much,” Metcalf says. “Honeywell encourages its employees to be ‘future shapers,’ so I hope to embody that motto throughout my internship and as I complete my final year of undergraduate studies at Syracuse University.”

After incomes his bachelor’s diploma, Metcalf plans to pursue a Ph.D. in mechanical and aerospace engineering with a deal with combustion, propulsion and aeronautics. “I want to work in a field that blends computational modeling and simulation with real-world testing and engineering,” says Metcalf. “I am particularly interested in conducting research that will increase efficiency and reliability of the engineering systems that contribute to U.S. national security.”

As a college companion of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, Syracuse University can nominate two college students for the Astronaut Scholarship every year. Interested college students ought to contact the CFSA for info on the nomination course of ([email protected]; 315.443.2759). More info on the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation may be discovered on their website.


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