The 2014 winner of the Brendan Kutler Memorial Scholarship is Denis Russu of Portland, Oregon.
Denis grew up in an agrarian village in southern Ukraine. Like many young aspiring scientists, he spent his early years in school with his heart set on becoming an astronaut. As he grew older and moved to the United States, that ambition developed into a love for astrophysics and mathematics.
Denis’ studies in STEM culminated in his participation in the Summer Science Program; research in Low Energy Nuclear Reactions at Portland State University (PSU); and taking his rocket team to the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) finals in DC—the first team from his school to ever make it to finals. Lately Denis has been increasingly drawn to the engineering disciplines where he feels he can have a more direct impact on humanity than his earlier love for theory.
Denis will be attending Stanford University as a prospective aerospace engineering major with a heavy dose of computer sciences. He is very excited about exploring the blossoming private aerospace industry.