By Brady Oppenheim
The UC Davis Department of Materials Science and Engineering congratulates graduate student Christine Smudde on being named a 2019 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF19) recipient.
Through her submitted proposal – “Microscopic Evaluation of Additively Manufactured Materials through Fatigue Crack Growth Analysis” – she was awarded a four-year, $80,000-per-year fellowship to support her innovative research, including stipend, tuition, fees, research materials and travel to a NASA laboratory.
“I am excited for the opportunities this fellowship will provide,” said Smudde, who is a graduate student of Dr. Jeffery Gibeling.
“I’m very excited for and proud of Christine,” added Gibeling.
The NSTRF19 is a competitive national fellowship program designed to support development of groundbreaking, high-risk/high-payoff, early-stage space technologies. The goal of NSTRF is to sponsor graduate students who show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s goal of creating innovative new space technologies. As part of the fellowship, in addition to working with Gibeling, Smudde will be matched with a technically relevant and community-engaged NASA subject-matter expert who will serve as her research collaborator.