2019-20 MWC Scholars

2019-20 MWC Scholars

Georgetown University Scholars

Graduate Scholars, $15,000 Award 

Megan E. Barefoot
  • 1st Year Scholar
  • MD/Ph.D. Tumor Biology Program
  • Researching liver damage from reperfusion injury after liver transplat.
Nicole Wagner

ARCS/MWC Endowment Scholar

  • 1st Year Scholar
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Biology
  • Researching the survival mechanisms of primitve microbial life in a perennially frozen, methane-rich Antarctic lake
Daniel N. O'Brien

ARCS/MWC Endowment Scholar

  • 2nd Year Scholar
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Physics
  • Researching design and development of novel medical devices for biomarker sensing in non-invasively sampled human interstitial fluid.
The George Washington University

Graduate Scholars, $15,000 Award 

Benjamin P. Bowman

Mars Foundation Scholar

  • 1st Year Scholar
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Computer Engineering
  • Research in graph theory, machine learning, and applied cybersecurity, to develop new graph-based techniques for modeling knowledge derived from source code to detect vulnerabilities. 
Isaiah J. King
  • 1st Year Scholar
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Computer Engineering
  • Research in machine learning on graph data structures to provide deeper knowledge about data in less time
Laith Z. Samarah
  • 1st Year Scholar
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Chemistry
  • Research entails chemical analysis to unravel the intricate molecular framework behind the natural association between legumes and nitrogen-fixing bacteria.
John Hopkins University

Graduate Scholars, $15,000 Award 

Savahannah Est-White
  • 1st Year Scholar
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Biomedical Engineering
  • Research attempts to stimulate the immune sysetm to specifically target diseases including melanoma and inflammatory bowel disease.

 

Adam Li
  • 1st Year Scholar
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Biomedical Engineering
  • Research entails localizing the epileptogenic zone in the brain of epilepsy patients using intracranial EEG data.
Alexandra Rindone

ARCS/MWC Hesse Endowment Scholar

  • 1st Year Scholar
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Biomedical Engineering
  • Research platform will be applied to develop targeted therapeutics to regenerate lost bone resulting from large craniofacial injuries.
University of Maryland

Graduate Scholars,  $15,000 Award

Laura A. Paquin
  • 2nd Year Scholar
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Aerospace Engineering 
  • Research in the development of aircraft and spacecraft that will be subjected to high-speed and high-temperature flows
Julia C. Sell
  • 1st Year Scholar
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Physics
  • Research focuses on using light, with an added kick of momentum, to interact with matter in a way that is currently in accessible in traditional electronics.
Micahael J. Zuzak
  • 2nd Year Scholar
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Electrical Engineering
  • Research to prevent malicious activity, such as piracy, trojan insertion, and reverse engineering within custom integrated circuits.
University of Maryland, Undergraduate

Undergraduate Scholars, $5000 Award 

Elizabeth McFarland

Lockheed Martin Corporation

  • 2nd Year Scholar
  • Undergraduate, Aerospace Engineering 
  • Research in instrument testing and development, specifically in the characterization of LED arrays to perform microscopic spectroscopy for future landed planetary missions to other bodies, and in collision detection simulation for robotic satellite servicing. 
Julia Mittelstadt

Lockheed Martin Scholar 

  • 2nd Year Scholar
  • Undergraduate, Aerospace Engineering 
  • Research to understand the structural proerties of swept-tip, composite blades in order to reduce vibration at high speeds for tiltrotor aircraft.  Research specifically looks at reducing vibration in the wings of a V-22 Osprey.  By reducing vibration at high speeds, the wing's stiffness can be lessened allowing the overall weight of the aircraft to decrease. 
Charis Smith

Lockheed Martin Scholar

  • 2nd Year Scholar
  • Undergraduate, Electrical & Computer Engineering 
  • Research in the electrical characterization of commericial IGBT power modules subjected to reliabilty testing to better detect and prevent catastrophic failure. 
University of Virginia

Graduate Scholars, $15,000 Award

Audrey C. Brown
  • 1st Year Scholar
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Molecular Generation, Cell, & Developmental Biology
  • Research to identify how metabolism of the malaria-causing parasite, Plamodium falciparum, changes in response to stressful conditions to prevent the emergence and spread of drug-resistant malaria.
Samantha M. Perez
  • 1st Year Scholar 
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Biomedical Engineering
  • Research focuses on the translational nexus of combining basic molecular biology and engineering principles to selectively target deadly cancers.
Stephanie Michaela Rikard
  • 1st Year Scholar
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Biomedical Engineering
  • Research to design novel therapeuitc interventions to improve outcomes for patients who experience acute myocardial infarction.