Levi Humbard wins National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship

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Levi Humbard, a first-year electrical engineering Ph.D. student, has won a 2021 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship Award.

Humbard was selected from more than 7,942 applicants for his academic excellence and achievements in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The NDSEG fellowship covers full tuition and mandatory fees for three full years and includes a monthly stipend. Fellows also receive an annual travel budget for training and conferences that support their educational initiatives.

Humbard’s research project, “Investigation of the fundamental properties of frequency modulated combs derived from quantum cascade lasers,” leverages recent insights into FM comb production developed in the Quantum and Nonlinear Optoelectronics Group under the direction of his advisor David Burghoff, assistant professor of electrical engineering.

“Receiving the NDSEG fellowship is a great honor,” Humbard said. “It also provides dedicated funding for conferences and workshops, which will enhance my research and professional growth. I look forward to the opportunity to work with individuals from the Department of Defense.”

The NDSEG Fellowship is sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Army Research Office, and the Office of Naval Research under the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering.

— Nina Welding, College of Engineering