Office of Undergraduate Research

The spotlight shines on....

UR mechanical engineering student William Green '16, has received a $10,000 scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.

“You just continue to impress,” retired astronaut Sam Gemar told Green at an award ceremony, after Green thanked his family, teachers, classmates, and the foundation, and then spoke about his “intrinsic desire to learn and to marvel.”

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, established by six surviving Mercury crewmembers in 1984, awards scholarships to college students who exhibit motivation, imagination and exceptional performance in science and technology.

Green, a junior in the University’s Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, was handpicked for the award by the family of the late Robert T. Long, an inventor and founder of Composite Technologies Corporation. Long’s family has contributed to the astronaut scholarship fund in his honor.

Green received the Iota Book Award from the University of Rochester a year ago in recognition of his scholarly achievement, humanistic values, co-curricular activity and leadership potential. He has served as Usability Team Leader of the University’s Baja SAE team, which designs and builds all-terrain vehicles to race against other university teams.

He is now studying optomechanics, which involves the precision mounting of optical components such as lenses, mirrors and lasers, and is designing lab equipment for an optics research group at the University of Rochester. He envisions a career designing celestial telescopes, a goal heavily influenced by the late Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space.

“William possesses a rare combination of academic excellence, experience in hands-on engineering, imagination in research, and a desire to contribute to the University community,” said John Lambropoulos, chair of mechanical engineering and materials science and director of the materials science program at the University of Rochester.