Stephanie Shevenock, a mechanical engineering major at Lawrence Tech, is one of 25 students nationwide who have won scholarships and summer internships for the 2011–12 academic year from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Shevenock will receive $15,000 per year to cover tuition costs for two years and a $10,000 stipend for an internship this summer with NASA.
She will have the opportunity to work with NASA researchers on such projects as managing air traffic more efficiently; reducing noise, fuel consumption, and emissions; and improving safety.
Shevenock has been a member of Lawrence Tech’s SAE Aero Design teams that finished in the top 10 in national competition for the past three years. She is captain of the 2012 team and president of the Lawrence Tech chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Last year she went to Washington, D.C., as a student lobbyist for Citizens for Space Exploration.
“NASA is Stephanie’s dream job and one of the key reasons she is studying engineering,” said Associate Professor Andrew Gerhart, Lawrence Tech’s SAE Aero Design faculty advisor.