May 9, 2012 7:16 AM by AP

NASA awards $66K fellowship to SDSMT student

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - NASA has awarded a South Dakota School of Mines and Technology student and an advisor a fellowship to study materials for lunar structures.

Twenty-one-year-old Anthony Kulesa of Warner and advisor Marc Robinson have been awarded one year of funding worth $66,000 for their research focusing on the development of advanced composite materials for use in extreme environments.

The funding comes from the NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship Program, which provides support for research leading to a master's or doctoral degree in space technology disciplines. Fifty awards are granted annually.

Kulesa graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering last week. He will begin pursuing a Master's degree in civil engineering at the School of Mines in the fall.


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