Engineering Students Awarded Thayer School Fellowships

April 2, 2010

CONTACT: Catharine Lamm
1-603-646-3943

The Bengt Sonnerup Fellowship

Ashley E. Morishige '11 was awarded The Bengt Sonnerup Fellowship for the 2010-2011 academic year. The fellowship will support further research and implementation of her honors thesis project entitled, "A quantification of global pasture yield and the potential to increase biofuel production through pasture intensification."

Ashley Morishige
Ashley E. Morishige '11

Said Professor Ian Baker, a member of the award selection committee, "Ashley's project, in addition to addressing the important topic of assessing the viability of biofuels production while maintaining food production, establishes collaborations with researchers at the University of Minnesota, where some of the research will be conducted, and at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory."

The Sonnerup Fellowship is made possible through the generosity of anonymous donors with the goal of encouraging the development of applied research that addresses the challenges, broadly defined, of global climate change.

The Mazilu Engineering Research Fellowship

Sam A. Tanyos '11 was awarded The Mazilu Engineering Research Fellowship for 2010-2011 in support of his project entitled, "Improving the activity of alginate lyase, a potential enzyme therapy for cystic fibrosis patients."

Sam Tanyos
Sam A. Tanyos '11

"I feel incredibly fortunate to have received the Mazilu Fellowship," said Tanyos. "Professor Griswold's work in enzyme engineering for new antibiotic therapies is the kind of work that made me want to study engineering. Developing new therapies to combat something like drug resistance in bacterial infections is an area that I may want to devote my career to. This fellowship is giving me the opportunity to complete a research project in his lab, and to develop my knowledge and skills in this exciting field of research."

The Mazilu Fellowship was created by Jaime Mazilu '05 Th'06 via Saguaro Technology, Inc., a company founded and run by her mother, Doina Mazilu. The goal of the fellowship is to encourage students to pursue graduate studies and academic engineering careers in the United States.