Savannah Cofer, a senior in mechanical engineering, has been awarded a $10,000 AIAA Foundation David and Catherine Thompson Space Technology Scholarship from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
In his recommendation letter, Matthew Brake, assistant professor of MECH, writes of Cofer: “Through all of my interactions with Savannah, she has struck me as a scholar and as a leader, exhibiting intellectual curiosity, maturity beyond her years, a vision for her extracurricular activities, and a high degree of acumen for research.”
This summer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, Cofer is serving as a contamination control intern for the Mars 2020 and Europa Clipper missions. She is also a research assistant in Prof. Marcia O’Malley’s Mechatronics and Haptic Interfaces Lab at Rice.
Cofer has received a Louis J. Walsh Scholarship in Engineering (2019), a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship (2018), a Rice University Trustees Scholarship (2016-20), and a Rice University Century Scholarship (2016-18), among others.