NASA Fellow Receives High Honors in International Competition


Lawrence,Kansas (07-09-2003)

From ITTC News
By Michelle Ward



Vijaya Chandran Ramasami earned third place in an international student paper contest this June. Ramasami participated in the International Union of Radio Science contest at the 2003 IEEE(Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation in Columbus, Ohio.

His paper explains an innovative approach to measuring the thickness of sea ice. Sea ice thickness plays an important role in the Arctic and Antarctic climate. It insulates the warm ocean water from the cold polar air, which is vital for the survival of underwater aquatic life in the Arctic region. Sea ice thickness measurements are also important for commerce and ship navigation near the polar oceans.

Ramasami recently earned a NASA Fellowship for his graduate education and research. He is the 16th student affiliated with ITTCs Radar Systems and Remote Sensing Laboratory (RSL) to receive this fellowship. Ramasami was one of 55 students out of 219 applicants to earn the honor.

In 1980, NASA started a Graduate Student Researchers Program to help increase the number of trained scientists and engineers. It provides up to 300 fellowships a year to students who are earning research-based graduate degrees in math, science, or engineering.


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