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AIMS Center director Aditi Chattopadhyay (center) is pictured with representatives from Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne after accepting a check from the company to support a scholarship program for students pursuing doctoral degrees in engineering. Second from left is Kuang Liu, an associate research scientist in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, who works in the AIMS Center.

The Adaptive Intelligent Materials & Systems Center (AIMS) in ASU’s School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy has been awarded $10,000 from Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR) to fund scholarships for graduate students in engineering doctoral-degree programs and undergraduate seniors planning to pursue engineering doctoral degrees.

Scholarship recipients are required to work in the AIMS Center for the period covered by the award.

Applicants must demonstrate success in academics and have shown initiative and motivation through involvement in extracurricular activities and internship experiences, said AIMS Center director Aditi Chattopadhyay, ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a major provider of innovative high-value propulsion, power and energy system solutions used in a wide variety of government and commercial applications, including engines for launch vehicles, missile defense systems and advanced hypersonic engines.  Research and development engineers produce the designs, manufacturing processes and hardware behind PWR’s solutions to system problems in extreme environments. .

Margarita Savoie, PWR Electronics Design senior manager, recently presented Chattopadhyay a check for the scholarship program.

The AIMS Center’s goal is to become one of the National Centers of Excellence in the areas of intelligent materials and adaptive systems. The center’s work involves integrating a variety of interdisciplinary areas spanning mechanical, material, electrical and computational engineering to develop a strong foundation in integrated intelligent system design.

For more information on the scholarship opportunities, contact AIMS Center executive assistant Kay Vasley at

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