Mayo Receives Graduate Fellowship AwardPh.D. student David B. Mayo is this year's recipient of the Aerospace Corporation Graduate Fellowship Award. Aerospace Corporation donated funds to the Clark School and the aerospace engineering department to recognize graduate students who either were sons/daughters of veterans or actual veterans themselves. The award includes a check of $2,500.
David B. Mayo is originally from Tuskegee, Ala., and completed his B.S. in mechanical engineering with an aerospace concentration from Virginia Military Institute in May 2006. He earned his aerospace M.S.E. from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in May 2008.
Mayo has served in the U.S. Marine Corps and completed two combat tours of duty in Iraq as a member of 4th Combat Engineer Battalion. He has participated in internships with the Navy Research Lab researching ship fire safety and survivability, and the Army Research Lab (Redstone Arsenal) researching missile propellant sensitivity and projectile aerodynamics. Currently, he is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the Clark School working as a research assistant under Prof. J. Gordon Leishman. His research focuses on the aerodynamics, flight dynamics, and controls of flapping wing micro aerial vehicles. In his free time, David enjoys riding motorcycles, volunteering and playing jazz trumpet.
Published September 9, 2008