Sept. 21, 2020
Mark Magnante, a senior in mechanical and aerospace engineering, recently received the 2020 Space Transportation Scholarship from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). The organization only awarded 12 scholarships this year.
The AIAA committee that awarded the scholarship wants to “foster continuous improvements in existing space transportation systems.” According to Magnante, this includes current launch service providers like SpaceX and could include space tourism ventures like Virgin Galactic.
During his undergraduate studies, Magnante determined he wants to help find ways to improve space transportation. This would include working on more efficient propulsion systems or helping the United States go back to the moon.
“Being awarded the scholarship is a tremendous honor and truly means a great deal as I can provide a bit more financial aid for my final semester at Mizzou,” Magnante said. “Mizzou just felt like it was the best option for me (after touring other schools). I truly am happy that I made this decision and cannot imagine having my undergraduate education elsewhere.”
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