Engineering grad student, alumni earn prestigious NSF research grants

Posted: May 26, 2021

Six Buckeye engineers have been awarded a 2021 Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF) following a national competition. NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports graduate students who show immense promise as researchers and leaders in science and engineering.

The Ohio State University College of Engineering is represented by one current graduate student and five alumni. The following awardees were selected from more than 12,000 applicants:

Graduate Student
Audrey Blizard

Audrey Blizard, mechanical engineering, is focusing on the modeling, optimization, and control of district heating networks (DHNs). DHNs provide heated water through a network of underground pipes to buildings to heat them. Blizard works under the supervision of Professor Stephanie Stockar. She completed her undergraduate studies at Penn State University before coming to Ohio State for her doctorate.

  • Anna Debski, who is pursuing a biomedical engineering graduate degree at University of Virginia
  • Dora de Melo, who is pursuing a civil engineering degree at University of California, Davis
  • Olivia Krebs, who is pursuing a biomedical engineering graduate degree at Case Western Reserve University
  • Joel Pepper, who is pursuing a computer science and engineering graduate degree at Drexel University
  • Ajay Shankaran, who is pursuing a chemical engineering graduate degree at University of Michigan

GRFP is a critical program in NSF's overall strategy to develop a globally engaged workforce necessary to ensure the nation's leadership in advancing science and engineering research and innovation. It provides three years of financial support within a five-year fellowship period—a $34,000 annual stipend and $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to the graduate institution. That support is for graduate study that leads to a research-based master's or doctoral degree in a STEM field.

by Meggie Biss, College of Engineering Communications |

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