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Alumnus Wins Fulbright Award

A mechanical engineering graduate, Sean Hannon, won the award to further satellite communications technology.

Written by Megan Robare

Hannon will have the opportunity to work on a space technology project in collaboration with the German Space Agency and attend Technische Universität München.

Hannon will have the opportunity to work on a space technology project in collaboration with the German Space Agency and attend Technische Universität München.

A Whitacre College of Engineering alumnus was awarded a Fulbright Student Grant from the U.S. Student Fulbright program to further satellite communications technology.

Sean Hannon, a mechanical engineering graduate from Midland, will venture to Germany for one academic year. He will study aerospace engineering at the Technische Universität München (TUM), focusing on a project titled, “Computerized Model of a Telepresence Enabling Satellite Communication System.”

“I am constantly impressed by the redundancy and robustness space-bound systems must feature if they are to survive the harshness of space,” Hannon said. “I hope to further this technology by aiding in the development of a next-generation satellite communications computer.”

Hannon said the Fulbright Student Grant will enable him to work on a space technology project in collaboration with the German Space Agency.

“Not only does it offer me the chance to conduct research at a world class university, but it also extends an opportunity to work in a German-speaking environment,” Hannon said.

Tanja Karp, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, guided Hannon through the rigorous application process. Karp has served as a member of the Student Fulbright Scholarship Committee at Texas Tech for more than five years.

Karp said although the program is very competitive, the best applicants each year are successful in securing the fellowship to spend a year abroad in the country and university of their choice.

“I am convinced that Sean will perform outstanding research at TUM that will go beyond their expectations and be of doctoral, rather than master’s caliber,” Karp said.

Hannon will leave for Germany in late August and begin the program in September.

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