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Senior awarded $68K NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship
Release Date Tuesday, May 27, 2014

RAPID CITY, S.D. (May 22, 2014) – Senior metallurgical engineering major Ian Markon, Rapid City, at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, has been awarded the prestigious 2014 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship. The $68,000 fellowship will start this August, as Markon begins his master’s degree in materials engineering and science, and will cover research and associate travel expenses.

Markon’s research will focus on determining whether or not the inks and substrates used for 3D printing of electronic circuits are capable of withstanding the harsh environment of space. Though most of his research will be conducted in the Direct Write Lab and Department of Materials & Metallurgical Engineering on campus over the course of the next year to year and a half, Markon will get the opportunity to spend several weeks at a NASA facility.

Markon is also the graduate representative for the local chapter of Material Advantage.


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