UT Tyler student earns 'Space Scholarship'

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 6:05pm

Mack Stewart is a Sophomore Mechanical Engineering student at UT Tyler, with big goals. 

KETK spoke with Stewart, who said, "I'm looking at going into an energy related field, something like oil and gas, solar, nuclear or anything like that. I'm real interested in finding other energy forms for us to use". That's why Stewart applied for the Texas Space Grant Scholarship, and the state awarded him $1,500. Stewart said, "It was a big honor having receiving the Columbia Crew Member scholarship, having been raised in East Texas and been around when that tragedy happened, it means a lot to be honored by the family members that donated the money for the scholarship". 

Stewart was the only applicant from Tyler, competing with hundreds of students from 41 other universities across Texas. Dr. M. Sathyamoorthy, the Associate Dean of UT's Engineering and Computer Science, said, 'The competition was pretty tough, and it's wonderful to see one of our students in mechanical engineering get the scholarship". 

The program encourages students to further their education in stem fields, like science, technology, engineering, and math. Dr. M. said, "There's a lot of demand for stem graduates because science and technology is very important, and there is likely to be a shortage of these graduates in the future". So Stewart hopes he's helping to pave the way for future generations.   

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