Crawford named Directed Energy Graduate Scholar

Travis Crawford, PhD student at the School of Nuclear Engineering (SNE), was named a 2021-2022 Directed Energy Graduate Scholar. Awarded by the Directed Energy Professional Society’s (DEPS) Board of Scientific & Engineering Advisors (BSEA), Crawford was one of only twenty graduate students across the country who received this honor.

Purdue SNE PhD student, Travis Crawford

Scholars are awarded anywhere between $5,000 to $10,000 to continue studying in directed energy (DE) technology areas. Recipients must be full-time graduate students who are pursuing studies in high-power microwave (HPM) system and technologies, high-energy lasers (HEL), ultra-short pulse laser (USPL) or counter DE weapon (CDEW) technologies.

With this scholarship, Crawford hopes to advance his research concerning the development of a high-power microwave system which utilizes nonlinear transmission lines (NLTLs). Depending on the application space, such a system has several advantages compared to the state-of-the-art HPM devices, including a small spatial footprint, increased system rigidity, and all solid-state construction.

Crawford commented, “I am humbled to have received this scholarship and I am grateful that I get to continue to pursue the development of directed energy technologies. This area of research is riddled with fascinating science, physics, and engineering principles along with a vast application space. I look forward to continuing my research in such a rewarding field.”

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