Mayo Wins Sloan Scholarship

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David B. Mayo

David B. Mayo has been selected to receive a Sloan Scholarship toward his Ph.D. studies with the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the Clark School. The amount of the scholarship is $26,950, which is available to cover actual costs of tuition, stipend, books, professional travel and/or summer support while he is working toward the Ph.D.

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 of 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 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.

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's Minority Ph.D. Program—managed by National Action Committee on Minorities in Engineering—has two components. The Ph.D. component offers substantial scholarship support to underrepresented minority students who are beginning their doctoral work in engineering, natural science and mathematics. Since its establishment in 1995, the program has provided direct support to more than 900 minority Ph.D. students in these fields.

Here is information on how to apply for the Sloan Scholarship:

Published February 10, 2009