SMART scholarship for ME grad student

(May 10th, 2011)
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Ken Langley
Ken Langley
Ken Langley, a Master’s student in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Brigham Young University, has been awarded a US Department of Defense Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship.
Langley is the 13th recipient of a SMART Scholarship from Brigham Young University since the program’s inception in 2006.
Langley is from Keenesburg, Colorado. He graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering in December 2010, and just started his Master’s program. His research focuses on experimental fluid dynamics, and for his thesis work, he plans to use 3D Synthetic Aperture Particle Image Velocimetry (SAPIV) to map flow fields around ladybug wings during flight. “I was really happy to hear that I had received this scholarship,” commented Langley. “It’s really exciting for me to have this opportunity!”
Dr. Tadd Truscott, professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department, is Langley’s graduate advisor. “Ken is amazing,” stated Dr. Truscott. “He has impressed me from day one.   He is hard working, bright, and easy to work with. He joined my lab at the beginning of the Fall semester, and his contributions have already been significant. He has guided a spinning spheres in a shallow bath project from concept to two conferences and is nearing the completion of a first draft of a paper that will be submitted to the Journal of Fluid Mechanics later this year.”
“Ken’s award will not only help fund his studies, but it also sets up an excellent atmosphere within my laboratory,” continued Truscott. “This scholarship will also broaden his influence and opportunities outside of BYU. He will have many opportunities to propose projects and be asked to participate in projects that he would otherwise not have had access to. I am positive that Ken will arise to these occasions with the high moral and ethical standards of a BYU student, but also with the problem solving skills and hardworking attitude he refined as a Mechanical Engineering student here at BYU. I am very proud of him.”
Each SMART Scholarship is sponsored by one of the branches of the US military, and Langley’s is from the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center based at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico. However, he will be working with their Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) unit at Hill Air Force Base in Utah.
The SMART Scholarship program has been established by the Department of Defense to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Participants in the SMART Scholarship Program receive full tuition and education related fees, a substantial cash award, paid summer internships, health insurance, a book allowance, mentoring, and employment placement after graduation.
The program is particularly interested in supporting individuals that demonstrate an aptitude and interest in conducting theoretical and applied research. Individuals applying to the program should have a strong interest in working for the DoD as a civilian research scientist or engineer. Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in mechanical engineering, naval architecture/ocean engineering, nuclear engineering, oceanography, operations research, physics, electrical engineering, geosciences, industrial and systems engineering, information sciences, materials science and engineering, mathematics, aeronautical and astronautical engineering, biosciences, chemical engineering, chemistry, civil engineering, cognitive, neural, and behavioral sciences, or computer and computational sciences.
Applications for 2012 will be available on August 1, 2011. Visit for further information.