Graduate Student Laura Wilson awarded 2018 NASA ARMD fellowship!

Laura Wilson was awarded one of five NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) Fellowship in 2018, for her research proposal entitled: Additive Manufacturing of Oxide Dispersion Strengthened Ni-Based Superalloys for Future Launch Vehicles. Laura will have a unique opportunity to work with the engineers and scientists at NASA Glenn research center to research new materials for additive manufacturing for very high-temperature applications. Results could contribute to transforming the design and manufacturing of hot sections of vehicles that face rising demands for higher operating temperatures and, to enabling more robust thrust systems.


NASA Fellowship Activities align with the Office of STEM Engagement’s goal to establish a well-trained science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce. Fostering highly skilled scientists and engineers critical to NASA’s future and to building a strong American economy. These fellowships also enable the agency to create unique opportunities for students to be a part of NASA's endeavors in exploration and discovery.


Laura Wilson started her Ph.D. program in September of 2017. Prior to starting at CWRU, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Geological Engineering from Michigan Technological University (2010) and her master’s in Geology from Miami University (2012). This was followed by four years of work in the Materials Processing and Development department of GE Aviation, focusing on aerospace-related material characterization. Her material science skills along with her strong earth science background helped her to win this award.