Astronautical engineering major to receive $10,000 award from astronaut
A 2011 graduate of Unionville High School will be presented with a $10,000 award from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation by Apollo 7 Astronaut Walt Cunningham on Thursday at the University of Southern California (USC).
Jason Silverman, a junior with a 4.0 GPA, majors in astronautical engineering and is a member of the merit research and engineering honors programs, a USC press release said. Silverman has completed research in lunar propellant distribution architecture at Tsinghua University in China, worked as an intern at SpaceX, and has designed avionics systems, passive roll-control technologies and high-powered rockets with the USC Rocket Propulsion Lab (RPL), the release said.
“I am very grateful to the Astronaut Foundation for selecting me, as well as Professor Erwin for nominating me,” Silverman said. ”It’s a great honor to win the award as well as get to meet Mr. Cunningham.”
Silverman, the son of Sharon and Alan Silverman of Birmingham Township, was part of the RPL team that attempted to launch a rocket to space two weeks ago in Black Rock. Nev., and is preparing for a second attempt in October, the release said, calling the scholarship “the largest monetary award given in the United States to science and engineering students based solely on merit.”