Two engineering students receive prestigious fellowship

May 6, 2022

Durant Fullington and Christian Zamiela

Durant Fullington and Christian Zamiela

Two Mississippi State engineering graduate students have been selected as Mississippi Space Grant Consortium Graduate Research Fellows for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Graduate students Durant Fullington and Christian Zamiela have each been awarded $26,250 from MSSGC for the upcoming academic year. MSSGC offers fellowships for U.S. citizens enrolled in a full-time graduate program. Recipients are selected based on academic success, research activity, and interest in the fellowship.

The Mississippi Space Grant Consortium, founded in 1991, is funded by a NASA training grant. The fellowship program was created to establish a network of universities with programs in aeronautics and other space-related fields, and to encourage recruitment and training of talented students, especially women and minorities, who will become professionals in the space sciences.

Fullington is a graduate student in industrial and systems engineering. He said he is looking forward to using the grant to continue his research.

“I am very excited to have been chosen as one of the NASA-MSSGC Graduate Research Fellows for 2022-2023,” Fullington said. “This is an excellent opportunity to highlight my research and become further involved with K-12 outreach programs, inspiring the next generation of engineers!"

Zamiela, also an industrial and systems engineering graduate student, is eager to work with the MSSGC and find new ways to give back to the community.

“I am thrilled to be selected as a 2022-2023 NASA MSSGC Graduate Research Fellow and this opportunity will have a lasting impact on my career,” Zamiela said. “I am excited to pursue my goals in quality control of additive manufacturing while inspiring the next generation's interest in STEM-related fields within my community.”

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By Emily Cambre