Bresnahan named 2020 NASA Space Technology Graduate Researcher

April 15, 2020 - Brady Bresnahan, a first-year materials science and engineering graduate student in the Poerschke group, has been selected as a 2020 NASA Space Technology Graduate Researcher based on a research proposal he wrote. In its tenth year, this fellowship program supports NASA’s goal of creating innovative new space technologies for our Nation’s science, exploration, and economic future.

Bresnahan will use the fellowship to support his research developing new processes for in-situ surface modification of multi-principal element alloys for enhanced durability in extreme environments experienced by hypersonic vehicles. The program supports Bresnahan’s full stipend and university tuition and fees, provides additional funds to support his research. It also provides support for him to spend a portion of each year on-site at a NASA laboratory to work with NASA scientists and use specialized facilities for testing the materials he develops at UMN. The fellowship is renewable for up to four years.

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