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California State University, Long Beach

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE)

$3,000 CALVEIN/NASA California SpaceGrant Scholarships/Fellowships


  • Six (6) $3,000 scholarships/fellowships for Spring & Summer 2009 (approx. mid-March to end of June)
  • Funds provided by the NASA California Space Grant Consortium


rocket The CALVEIN team is in final preparations for conducting a flight test of its advanced aerospike rocket engine. Recipients of the scholarships/fellowships will participate in this and other CALVEIN activities. Specific areas where the recipients are expected to take a lead role include (pre- and post-flight):

  1. Vehicle operations management
  2. Propulsion system integration
  3. Avionics and electrical integration
  4. Configuration management, payload management (in collaboration with UMaine), & field operations
  5. Engine and vehicle performance and trajectory analyses; includes water flow testing
  6. Data analysis using Labview and associated processing tools: propulsion and trajectory


  • Enrolled CSULB undergraduate or graduate student
  • Major in Engineering (CECS, Electrical, Aerospace, Mechanical Engineering, etc.), Math or Sciences
  • Must be U.S. Citizen or U.S. Resident (federal funds)


Acceptance of the scholarship supposes taking a leading role in a project for a period equivalent to approx. 12 weeks half time - Schedule to be arranged and technical details to be defined, approx. March through June - Contact Prof. Besnard for project details

Application - by March 16

Email by Monday, March 16:

  1. resume (incl. GPA)
  2. cover letter (discuss which project(s) above you would be interested in working on) including your
  3. statement of availability (equivalent to 12 weeks, 20 hrs/wk.) and
  4. name/contact of 3 references to:

    Dr. Besnard,

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