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LeTourneau University Engineering Graduate Student Wins AWS Research Fellowship


LeTourneau University Master of Science in engineering student Derek Hoyt of Ackley, Iowa, has been selected to receive a fellowship from the American Welding Society that potentially provides $75,000, or $25,000 per year, renewable for up to three years depending on progress.
The AWS Welding Research & Development Committee awarded one 2015 AWS Graduate Fellowship for Hoyt's research project on "Microwave Joining Using a Plasma-less, Closed-Loop, Triple-Heating Mechanism Process," co-advised by Drs. Yoni Adonyi and Seung Kim.
The AWS funds are to be used for his stipend, tuition, books, travel and other incidental needs, while LETU provides matching support in the form of in-kind contributions.
Derek Hoyt graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering with Electrical Concentration from LETU in May 2014, when he was accepted for a Master of Science degree with Materials Joining Concentration. His thesis relates to complex electromagnetic wave-material interactions using a novel microwave joining system prototype developed at LETU (patent pending). The novelty of his research refers to three heating mechanisms, namely dielectric, hysteresis loss and eddy current when applied to metal-ceramic interfaces as well as alloying copper with carbon nanotubes.
"These national-level and competitive research awards are extremely rare," said LETU Dean of the School of Engineering Dr. Ron DeLap. "Derek's is the first graduate fellowship to be awarded to our LETU Master of Science in Engineering program, which is less than five years old. As time progresses, we anticipate more of these kinds of grants and distinctions will follow."
DeLap added that several of the other engineering graduate students from LETU's Master of Science in Engineering program have already shown great success, with two accepted into doctoral programs at University of Texas at El Paso and Cal Tech, both with full tuition waivers and stipends, as well as one accepted by the U.S. Navy for the Nuclear Officer Program, and another working to start his own business while another is employed in the oil industry with a six-figure starting salary.
"Any university would be proud of a track record like this," DeLap said. "It is unheard of for a new program to have these sorts of results."

About LeTourneau University:
LeTourneau University is a Christ-centered, interdenominational institute of higher learning offering a wide array of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in aviation, arts & sciences, business, education and engineering. The university enrolls more than 2,700 students representing nearly all 50 states, more than 30 foreign countries, and 53 different denominational groups. Around 1,300 study at its main campus in Longview, Texas, a progressive hub city nestled among beautiful pine-forested hills and lakes in East Texas, approximately 120 miles east of Dallas, Texas, and 60 miles west of Shreveport, La. Students are also enrolled in a robust suite of online programs, as well as the university's innovative hybrid programs in Dallas and Houston. Committed to its core mission, LeTourneau University is a comprehensive institution of Christian higher education where educators engage learners to nurture Christian virtue, to develop competency and ingenuity in their professional fields, to integrate faith and work, and to serve the local and global community. The university is also led by its vision: Claiming every workplace in every nation as their mission field, LeTourneau University graduates are professionals of ingenuity and Christ-like character who see life's work as a holy calling with eternal impact.

For additional information, visit www.letu.edu.

About the American Welding Society:
The American Welding Society (AWS) was founded in 1919 as a multifaceted, nonprofit organization with a mission to advance the science, technology and application of welding and allied joining and cutting processes worldwide, including brazing, soldering, and thermal spraying. Headquartered in Miami, Florida, and led by a volunteer organization of officers and directors, AWS serves more than 70,000 members worldwide and is composed of 22 Districts with 250 Sections and student chapters. For more information, visit the society's website at http://www.aws.org and click on "Pressroom."

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