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MS Word Document Kossiakoff Scholarship Application
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Johns Hopkins University / Applied Physics Laboratory Alexander Kossiakoff Scholarship

Recognize and encourage promising applied systems engineering research by students in a Masters or Doctoral program. The award carries a $5,000 grant to the student along with an optional paid internship at JHU working on relevant systems engineering problems. The student will also be provided with a plaque and recognition at the Annual Winter Workshop.


  • Rigor and creativity of proposed applied research
  • Potential application to Applied Physics Laboratory systems engineering interests
  • Strength of resume and bio sketch
  • Strength of academic recommendations
  • Additional attributes noted in the applicant’s materials that go beyond the application requirements.

Application Process:

  • Each applicant must submit an application package to include a complete resume/vitae, a brief bio-sketch, description of the study/research areas of interest (at least 3-4 pages), and a discussion of the contribution and expected outcomes that will benefit applications of interest to the Laboratory.
  • Applicants must have two faculty references submit recommendation letters on their behalf.
  • Completed applications and faculty references can be submitted beginning 1 May and must be received by 30 November of each year. (The award will be made at the annual INCOSE Winter Workshop)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen and an admitted student in a Masters or Doctoral Program in Systems Engineering at an accredited university.
  • An applicant seeking the award must submit an application.
  • Applicants may not receive more than one award.
JHU / APL Scholarship Recipients
Awarded 2013 - Thuc Tran
Mr. Thuc Tran is a graduate student in the accelerated off-campus Masters Degree program at George Washington University. A professor stated that Thuc’s contributions during class discussions suggest strong insight into the practice and principles of SE. He is a an application developer at Hewlett-Packard, and previously a technical operations systems engineer at Computech.  Thuc is interested in systems migration and it being the process of bringing a system from one platform to another while ensuring its functionality over its life cycle.

Awarded 2012 - Douglas Orellana
Mr. Orellana s a doctoral candidate in systems engineering at the University of Southern California. He is an excellent and active student at USC and was employed as a systems engineer at the Northrup Grumman Corporation. Mr. Orellana is interested in model driven systems engineering for human systems.

Awarded 2011 - Gabriel Lewis
Mr. Lewis is an engineering student at George Mason University.  Mr. Lewis is interested in collaborating with many disciplines to create a coherent system designed in a human-oriented manner, meeting the needs of the stakeholders.

Awarded 2010 - Colin Mullery
Colin is a systems engineering student at George Mason University. Mr. Mullery is an excellent and active student at GMU and has interned previously at SAIC and Booz Allen Hamilton. He is interested in complex, multi-disciplinary systems engineering problems and in how software can aid in the integration of systems of systems.

Awarded 2009 - Andrew Pollard
Andrew is an Assistant Program Manager for Systems Engineering at the Naval Air Systems Command within the Department of Defense.  He is currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Systems Engineering Program at the Johns Hopkins University.  His research areas and aerospace interests include work for the lunar polar mission, software and future mission design for spacecraft, and autonomous systems research and development.

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