Nuclear engineering student wins prestigious astronaut scholarship

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Daniel Abercrombie, a senior in nuclear engineering and physics, is one of 28 students awarded a $10,000 scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.

Abercrombie is a student in the Schreyer Honors College and an active member of the Penn State chapter of the American Nuclear Society (ANS).

Established in 1984 by the six surviving members of the original Mercury Seven astronauts, the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation was designed to ensure the United States would maintain its leadership in science and technology by supporting some of the top science and engineering college students.

To be eligible, candidates must be U.S. citizens and be full-time students studying engineering or natural or applied science. Students must also have conducted a considerable amount of lab and research work in the field.

At Penn State, Abercrombie served as an undergraduate research assistant at the Intense Laser Laboratory under the direction of Igor Jovanovic, the Bashore Faculty Development Professor in nuclear engineering. At the lab, Abercrombie assisted with a direct laser acceleration project.

He also worked in the Advanced Multi-Phase Flow Laboratory, visualizing data to validate three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics codes.

This summer, the Williamsport, Pa., native is participating in the University of Michigan's summer undergraduate research experience at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN.

Abercrombie is a recipient of the Department of Energy's Nuclear Energy University Programs Scholarship and the ANS Accelerator Application Division Scholarship.

Last Updated January 10, 2014