AE Honors Outstanding Students
AE has recognized several of the Department’s undergraduate and graduate students this spring with awards for their scholastic achievement and other contributions.
AIAA Scholastic Achievement Award, to the senior graduating in May 2011 with the highest class GPA — Austin K. Nicholas of Naperville, Illinois, and Ryan Merriman of Park Forest, Illinois
H.S. Stillwell Memorial Award, to students showing outstanding scholastic achievement and contributions in extracurricular activities — Jared S. Daum of Decatur, Illinois, and Austin K. Nicholas of Naperville, Illinois.
The H.S. Stillwell Memorial Award was established in honor of Professor H.S. (Shel) Stillwell. At the age of 27 Professor Stillwell founded the Department of Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Illinois in 1944. He served as department head at Illinois for 32 years. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, he served as Head of the Aeronautical Engineering Department at the University of Kansas prior to coming to Illinois. Professor Stillwell was influential in the design of the first ramjet-powered missile and was highly respected for his contributions to aerospace engineering education.
Robert W. McCloy Memorial Award, to a junior or first-semester senior student in recognition of outstanding academic performance — Erik P. Babcock of Palatine, Illinois, and David W. Slaby of Edwardsville, Illinois.
Professor McCloy was the first faculty member hired in the new Dept of Aeronautical Engineering. He was known for his research and teaching in propulsion and for his pioneering work in jet propulsion.
Dale Margerum was a 1979 graduate who died in an accident the summer after graduation. He was very involved in extracurricular activities.
H.S. Stillwell Problem-Solving Scholarship, to a junior-level student majoring in aerospace engineering who exhibits exemplary problem-solving skills — Erik P. Babcock of Palatine, Illinois.
This scholarship was set up by a generous alum as a tribute to H.S. Stillwell and the role he played as a mentor to students.
These are the initial scholarships awarded from this fund, created by Professor Sentman’s family and supported by AE alumni in honor of Professor Sentman, who died in a midair collision in March 2010.
The award is presented annually to honor Professor Strehlow, who joined the aero faculty in 1961. His background was in chemistry, and he was an acknowledged expert in the field of detonations and explosions. He also made significant contributions toward the understanding of the structure, stability, and extinction of laminar premixed flames. He was an early advocate of microgravity combustion research and successfully characterized the extinction and flammability states of flames under microgravity conditions. Professor Strehlow was the first AIAA Fellow in the Department of Aerospace Engineering.
Erik P. Babcock of Palatine, Illinois.
Bradley G. DeBlauw of Rockford, Illinois
The names of this select group of undergraduate students are inscribed on bronze tablets that are displayed on the first floor of the University of Illinois Main Library.