Sen. Brown Congratulates Case Western Students Selected to Join NASA's Inaugural Class of Space Technology Research Fellows

NASA to Fund Research and Graduate Degrees in Space Technologies for Three Case Western Students

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that three students from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) have been selected to join National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s inaugural class of Space Technology Fellows. Adriana Popa, Brian Michal, and Brian Tietz have been awarded fellowships from NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist to research and pursue masters or doctoral degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at CWRU.

“Astronauts, aviators, and aerospace engineers from Ohio have always played a critical role at NASA and I am proud to see these CWRU students continue in that tradition,” Brown said. “Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics-based industries will continue to seek out talented Ohioans who are soaring to new heights and attracting new jobs to our state. This highly-selective program will help train the next generation of Ohioans to continue NASA’s important work in the decades to come.”

The Space Technology Fellowship is managed by the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland and is part of NASA’s strategy to develop the technological foundation for its future science and exploration mission.  The fellows will perform innovative space technology research on campus and at NASA centers and nonprofit U.S. research and development laboratories.


Research Project

Adriana Popa

Development of Magnetic-Plasmonic Nanoparticle Sensors for the Apprehension, Removal and Treatment (ART) of Microbial Contamination in Water

Brian Michal

Multi-Functional Stimuli-Responsive Materials

Brian Tietz

Sensory Integration and Decision Making Based on Insect Brain Model