Skidmore named inaugural winner of Aerospace's Pauling-Eisenhuth Award

April 08, 2013

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Grant Skidmore, a graduate student in aerospace engineering, is the inaugural winner of the Department of Aerospace Engineering's Pauling-Eisenhuth Award.

The award, established by David and Nancy Pauling of Herndon, Va., is designed to honor and recognize outstanding academic achievement by a master's degree student whose studies focus on national defense or homeland security.

Skidmore's work, sponsored by the Office of Naval Research, focuses on experimental investigation of gas cavity pulsation as related to certain undersea naval systems. According to George Lesieutre, head of aerospace engineering, Skidmore is the first researcher to successfully achieve ventilated gas supercavity pulsation in a closed-wall water tunnel facility.

He will receive his award, consisting of a $500 honorarium and a plaque, at the department's spring commencement luncheon on May 3.

David Pauling received his master's degree in aerospace engineering from Penn State in 1975 and is the executive director for operational integration and analysis strategic planning for the Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection.

Nancy Pauling received her bachelor's degree in home economics education from the University in 1974.

The award is named for the Paulings and Nancy's stepfather, Joseph Eisenhuth. He received his bachelor of science, masters of science and doctoral degrees in aeronautical engineering from Penn State in 1948, 1949 and 1963, respectively.

After working in industry, Eisenhuth was a researcher at the Applied Research Laboratory and a faculty member in the aerospace engineering department. He died in 2009.

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