Aerospace engineering doctoral candidate awarded Department of Defense fellowship

By Drew Daws 

Published: Sep 20, 2019 1:45:00 PM

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Alexander Davis, a doctoral candidate in aerospace engineering, was recently awarded a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship sponsored by the Department of Defense.

Prior to joining Auburn, he earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from Samford University in 2017. He is currently working on developing a moving window molecular dynamics framework to understand shock wave interaction at microstructural features such as grain boundaries.

In an effort to increase the number of U.S. citizens and nationals trained in science and engineering disciplines of military importance, the Department of Defense offers these fellowships to individuals who have demonstrated the ability and special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering.

The NSDEG allows all recipients to attend whichever U.S. institution they choose, paying for full tuition and all mandatory fees. The three-year fellowship also includes a monthly stipend and up to $1,000 per year in medical insurance. 

According to NSDEG’s website, nearly 3,400 fellowships have been awarded since the program’s inception in 1989.

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