CLEMSON — Ryan Izard, a junior majoring in computer engineering at Clemson University, has won a 2010 NASA Aeronautics Scholarship that includes a summer internship at a NASA research center.

The award provides two years of funding — up to $15,000 each school year — for tuition, room and board and other school-related costs. It also pays a stipend of $10,000 for the summer internship performing aeronautical research with NASA.

“This is a recognition of Ryan's significant achievement as an undergraduate student,” said John Gowdy, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Clemson. “He is an exceptional student who is well on his way to making his mark in computer engineering. We are very proud of him.”

Izard, from Aiken, was one of 20 NASA scholarship recipients from more than 350 applicants. He also earned the Rhodes Most Outstanding Sophomore in Computer Engineering award at Clemson this semester.

NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate grants the scholarships to foster “new generations of highly skilled scientists and engineers [who are] critically important to the aeronautics community.”

The directorate invests in long-term research in the science of aeronautics. It advances concepts, applications and technologies that can be used both in the space program and in other government agencies, military and civilian enterprises.

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