Two Hans von Ohain/ General Electric Graduate Fellowships Established at the University of Dayton

    In response to growing national needs for American engineers, General Electric Company, in association with the University of Dayton, established two Hans von Ohain/General Electric Graduate Fellowships in gas turbine technology in the 90s. These graduate fellowships are awarded annually to outstanding graduate students who wish to pursue doctoral studies in aerospace engineering. These students work under the direction of the von Ohain Fuels and Combustion Center.

    For 2004, David Ostdiek and Ben Mortimer are the recipients of the graduate fellowships.

    David Ostdiek

    David graduated from UD in December 2003 with a B.Sc. in mechanical engineering with aerospace concentration. While at the University of Dayton, David was on the engineering dean’s list, was active in intramural sports, and spent time as both the vice-president and president of the Society of Automotive Engineers, where he was the co-captain of the Mini-Baja team his senior year. David hopes to complete his master’s degree by December 2004. His area of research is effects of jet fuel additives on particulate formation and emissions from gas turbine combustors.

    Ben Mortimer

    Originally from Cincinnati, Ben graduated from the University of Dayton in 2003 with a B.Sc. in mechanical engineering and a minor in aerospace engineering. Throughout college, Ben was an active member of University's chapter of Society of Automotive Engineering and was SAE president during his senior year. Ben is working towards his master’s degree in aerospace engineering. His research is in the combustion arena, mainly working on a well-stirred reactor studying soot formation. Ben was a co-author of a presentation entitled, Effect of Additives on Soot Formation in a Well-Stirred Reactor, at the 29th Annual AIAA Dayton-Cincinnati Aerospace Sciences Symposium.

    Congratulations to David and Ben for winning the graduate fellowship!

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