2019-2020 Scholarship Recipients

2019/2020 MTS Houston Section Wayne Ingram Scholarship

Gavin Whetstone – Howdy, my name is Gavin Whetstone and I am a senior in the Ocean Engineering department at Texas A&M from Burleson, Texas. I have always been interested in math and science and realized that engineering was my interest in high school. While I am currently nearing the end of my undergraduate time, I plan to pursue a Master’s degree in ocean engineering.

2019/2020 MTS Houston Section C.A. Richards, Sr. Scholarship

Yi Zhang – Yi is a senior ocean engineering student at Texas A&M minoring in mathematics. Her interests include naval architecture and applied mathematics. She is currently doing research on combining ship maneuvering analysis with wave effects analysis.

Yi is also actively involved in peer teaching and honor societies. She started her tutoring jobs since freshman year and has three years of experience at this point. She is currently participating in the Texas A&M Engineering Honor Program and Omega Epsilon Honor Society. Her goal is becoming an ocean engineering professor after completing a doctoral degree.

2019/2020 MTS Houston Section Glen Lochte Scholarship

Loicka Baille – Loicka just finished her fourth year at Texas A&M as an Ocean Engineering major and Wildlife and Fishery minor. She lived most of her life in France, then moved to Lebanon, before coming to the US for college. Early on in her life, she was introduced to scuba diving and quickly realized the endless power of water. Her interests are mainly focused on harvesting wave power, ocean clean-up, and ocean exploration. In May, she came back from a 6-weeks-long Oceanographic Cruise in Antarctica where she collected water samples to study climate change and ocean acidification. This summer, she is interning at AECOM as a Coastal Engineer, in their Katy office. After finishing her Bachelor of Science in May 2020, she is considering furthering her education by doing either a master or PhD where she could combine the fields of Ocean Engineering, Oceanography and Marine Biology.

2019/2020 MTS Houston Dr. John C. Freeman Scholarship

Gus Braendle – Howdy, my name is Gus and I am entering my junior year at Texas A&M University, studying Ocean Engineering. In my free time I enjoy hunting, fishing, and spending quality time with friends and family. This summer I have had the opportunity to intern at Kiewit Offshore Services, and it has been great to gain some industry experience to compliment what I have learned in the classroom. Working at Kiewit this summer has only increased my excitement to learn, so that I may be a valuable engineer when I graduate. I’m very appreciative of the support MTS provides their student members and look forward to continuing my involvement in the Texas A&M chapter.

2019/2020 MTS Houston Section Scholarship Recipients

1st Place
Adley Marsh – $3,500
Adley was sponsored by Aimee Monteverde and will be attending Texas A&M University

2nd Place
Martina Khurana – $2,500
Martina was sponsored by her father Sandeep Khurana and will be attending The University of Washington – Seattle

3rd Place
Ryan Burnett – $1,500
Ryan was sponsored by Brian Bearden and will be attending Virginia Tech

4th Place
Chris Zeller – $1,000
Chris was sponsored by Melissa Wood and will be attending The University of Texas at Dallas

5th Place
Clara Ohlenbusch – $500
Clara was sponsored by John Bomba and will be attending Texas A&M University

Isabel Velazquez – $500
Isabel was sponsored by Esai Velazquez and will be attending Trinity University

Mary Sue Bitar – $500
Mary Sue was sponsored by Shannon Giagnorio and will be attending Texas A&M University