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MEMS Student Receives Distinguished Undergraduate Honorable Mention

asher hancock

Asher Hancock, mechanical engineering senior, received an honorable mention in the 2021 Distinguished Undergraduate Awards by the Universities Space Research Association (USRA). URSA’s goal is to recognize and develop promising future scientist in space-related disciplines. The Distinguished Undergraduate Awards are granted to students who tackle challenging problems in aerospace engineering, space science research and exploration, demonstrate leadership, promote diversity in science and engineering, and are poised to make significant contributions to their fields.

Students are evaluated by faculty from URSA Member Universities based on stated career goals and accomplishments, leadership qualities, outreach to their communities, and strengths such as initiative, creativity and perseverance. Applicants were also required to submit recommendation letters from their professors and internship advisors.

Hancock was selected for an honorable mention out of 96 eligible applications from 48 different universities. He is currently working in both Professors Albert To and Matt Barry’s labs. He is minoring in computer science and mathematics and is the Chief Wing Engineer for the Pitt Aerospace Society of Automotive Engineering (Aero SAE).