Outstanding Students

The School of Aeronautics and Astronautics are proud of the achievements of its students. The full list of student achievements will be published in the fall edition of the AeroGram newsletter. Highlighted below are the School's Outstanding Awards:

 Sigma Gamma Tau Outstanding Senior- Christine Troy

 Each year the Aeronautics Honorary Society, Sigma Gamma Tau, sponsors the outstanding senior award. The nominees are selected by the faculty, and the Outstanding Senior is selected by a student vote.
Congratulations to Christine who graduated on May 16, 2009 and was recognized as the local Sigma Gamma Tau Outstanding Senior. She has also won the Great Lakes Regional Award given by the SGT National Headquarters.
Originally from Cincinnati, OH, Christine came to Purdue because of the A&AE department's close work with NASA and the co-op program. She was able to work five semesters as a co-op at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston. During her tours she did varied work in Space Shuttle Main Engine flight control, propulsion data analysis, extravehicular activity training, and trajectory design. Recently, Christine has become increasingly interested in the environment and renewable energy. She spent a semester studying wind energy in Denmark and hopes to get a job in the wind energy industry upon graduation. She hopes that her Purdue A&AE studies in aerodynamics and turbines will help her to make a positive contribution in the wind energy field.
School of Aeronautics and Astronautics Outstanding Graduate Student – Marriner Merrill 
Marriner has completed his PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics with Dr. C.T. Sun and graduated on May 16, 2009. Marriner represented the College of Engineering as student responder during the Commencement ceremonies. His research has focused on development of nanolaminate manufacturing methods for advanced materials and devices. He completed his M.S. also at Purdue in 2005.
While at Purdue, Marriner has enjoyed the opportunity to be involved with several graduate student organizations. He has served as President of the Purdue Graduate Student Government, executive of Purdue’s first Graduate Student Job Fair, a founding member of Aero Assist (the AAE graduate student organization) and lead judge for the AAE Research Symposium Series. He is the recipient of the Department of Education GAANN Fellowship and Purdue University Andrews Fellowship.
Before coming to Purdue, Marriner completed his B.S.M.E. at Utah State University. Outside of school, Marriner enjoys working with the youth program at his church, spends time with his wife and children and tries to improve his Russian speaking skills.
School of Aeronautics & Astronautics Outstanding Senior – Tim Duquette
Tim Duquette is an AAE senior graduating in December of 2009. He is focusing in astronautics and specializing in propulsion and design. He is a co-op student with NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL. There he worked on the Ares I Upper Stage and the Space Shuttle Main Engine.
Tim was co-director of Purdue Space Day 2008 where the guest astronaut was Commander Mark L. Polansky and he is co-director of the Purdue Chapter of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) Spring Space Forum 2009. He is supporting the AAE Head Search Committee and the AAE Senior Difference campaign.
Tim was named an Astronaut Scholar for the 2008-2009 year by the prestigious Astronaut Scholarship Foundation which supports only 19 students annually across the country. Founded by the six surviving astronauts of the Mercury 7 program, the scholarship is a way to promote continued science and technology research in the U.S. Tim is pictured here with astronaut James Lovell, Commander of Apollo 13.
During the summer of 2009 he aims to finish private pilot training while at Marshall doing a work session in advanced propulsion concepts. When he is not studying, he is usually active in one of several intramural sports. He is also a member of Theta Tau Engineering Fraternity. Tim's hometown is Chicago suburb Western Springs. He hopes to pursue a master's degree in engineering after first working in industry.