Aerospace graduate student recognized with Abe Zarem Award

Published: Aug 25, 2017 3:00:00 PM
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Langston Williams
Langston Williams

Langston L. Williams, a graduate student in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, has been chosen as this year’s recipient of the Abe M. Zarem Award for Distinguished Achievement from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation. The award recognizes graduate students in aeronautics or astronautics who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship in their field. 

Williams was selected for the honor based on his paper on cyclonic rocket engines, which was also chosen among seven AIAA regions as the best graduate student paper. Williams will travel to Australia to represent the United States in the student paper competition during the 68th International Astronautical Congress in September. 

In addition to pursuing a combined master’s and doctoral degree, Williams serves as a math and science tutor for undergraduate students, and has designed and instructed the calculus curriculum for the Alabama Power Academic Excellence Program, held during the summer. 

Williams will be recognized with the Abe M. Zarem Medallion in Astronautics at the AIAA SciTech Forum in January.