For release: May 3, 2013
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David Pumroy, a University of Memphis honors student in mechanical engineering, was
selected by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) to participate
in Congressional Visits Day in March.
Each year AIAA members – engineers, scientists, researchers, students, educators and
technology executives – are selected to take part in the event in Washington, D.C.
They meet with national decision makers to discuss critical industry issues in civil
aeronautics, civil astronautics and defense.
Attending Congressional Visits Day were (from left) Ron Schlagheck of NASA,
Sen. Lamar Alexander, Cecelia Schlagheck, Sen. Bob Corker, U of M student
David Pumroy and Sabrina Hurlock.
Through face-to-face meetings with members of Congress, congressional staff and key
administration officials, Congressional Visits Day raises awareness of the long-term
value that science, engineering and technology bring to America.
Pumroy was one of three students selected to represent the southeast region of AIAA
based on his undergraduate research in astronautics. He is working on an honors thesis
investigating the potential of a polymer/aerogel-based liquid cryogenic container
which potentially could be used as a cryogenic propellant tank for long space missions.
Pumroy is performing his research with Dr. Jeffrey Marchetta, associate professor
in Mechanical Engineering, and Dr. Firouzeh Sabri, assistant professor in Physics,
as part of grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
“David was the perfect choice to convey the student perspective on the future of aerospace
at CVD,” Marchetta said. “As a non-traditional student and Iraq war Marine combat
veteran, he understands the commitment necessary to engage in an undergraduate research
experience. David consistently exhibits a strong conviction in the pursuit of higher
learning, an uncommon trait that separates him from the majority of his peers.”