Mechanical Engineer awarded Fulbright Fellowship

The Fulbright Program, including the Fulbright-Hays Program, is an American scholarship program of competitive, merit-based grants for international educational exchange for students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists and artists, founded by the United states Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946.

Elizabeth Donlon ’18 is one of three Union students being awarded this Fellowship. They will travel abroad to conduct research an participate in host country engagement. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs recently named Union a Fulbright Top Producer for its tradition of excellence with the program. Other recent Union engineering Fulbright fellows include Theodor Di Pauli von Treuheim ’16.

Major: Mechanical engineering

Minor: Chemistry

Hometown: Concord, N.H.

Activities: Sigma Delta Tau, women’s ice hockey, Sorum House Council, American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Project title and summary: “Multiple Unstable Transversal Mode Interactions in High-Frequency Thermoacoustic Systems” This project looks at how different interactions between temperature, density and pressure variations in acoustic waves, affect flame dynamics through modeling. Working at the Technical University of Munich in Germany.

Plans after Fulbright: I plan to attend graduate school to earn a Ph.D. in thermal fluids and heat transfer, specifically in the field of combustion. One of my many goals for my time during Fulbright is to learn and gain experience in this field. After obtaining a doctoral degree, I hope to enter an industry research position.

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