Scholarships and Fellowships

Patrick Musgrave (Mechanical Engineering, Physics)
DAAD, 2012

Patrick Musgrave, a senior from McCandless Township, Pa., won the 10-month DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service/Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst)award for the 2012-13 academic year.  A graduate of North Hills High School, Musgrave earned a BS degree in mechanical engineering from the Swanson School of Engineering and a BS degree in physics as well as a German Certificate for Professional Purposes from the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.

With his DAAD scholarship, Musgrave will work in Germany at the Technical University of Munich, researching piezoelectric materials and their use in energy-harvesting devices. Piezoelectricity is a material property allowing for the conversion of mechanical energy into electricity, and vice versa. Musgrave will be researching methods to optimize a prototype designed to harvest energy from footsteps. When completed, the device will harvest the mechanical energy generated by foot traffic and convert it into electricity to power lighting near the device. In addition, Musgrave also will enroll in two courses per semester at the university in the areas of control systems and sustainability. Upon completion of the scholarship, Musgrave plans to pursue a graduate degree in the area of control systems followed by a career developing and implementing sustainable technologies.