NEWS: Lohmeyer Receives Curtis W. McGraw Research Award

February 28, 2024

Whitney Lohmeyer, Olin Assistant Professor of Engineering, has received the Curtis W. McGraw Research Award for a non-Ph.D. granting program from the American Society for Engineering Education.

“I am honored to receive the 2024 Curtis W. McGraw Research award and would like to express my sincere gratitude to the American Society of Engineering Education for this recognition,” said Lohmeyer. “This award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire Olin Satellite + Spectrum Technology & Policy Group.”

Portrait of Whitney Lohmeyer at the Olin library

Portrait of Whitney Lohmeyer, Olin Assistant Professor of Engineering, in the Olin library

Lohmeyer, a leader in the field of satellite communications, joined the Olin faculty in 2019. Through her research, she shares her expertise and passion for these topics with Olin undergraduate students, technical experts, policymakers and industry partners.

Lohmeyer works with industry to advise on end-to-end system design, antenna systems, radiation tolerance and spectrum strategy. In July 2023, Lohmeyer accepted a 1-year appointment as the Chief Technologist of the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Space Bureau. In January 2024, she was named associate editor for the AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets.

“Whitney is an outstanding educator and a prolific researcher, and we’re immensely proud that her work at Olin has been recognized,” said Provost and Dean of Faculty Al Sacco. “Her research has funded more than 65 Olin undergraduates to conduct and publish research to better inform policymakers, industry partners. The OSSTP group has published its findings in top journals and attended national conferences focused on satellite technology and policy and engineering education.”

The Curtis W. McGraw Research Award was established in 1957 to recognize outstanding early achievements by young engineering college research workers and to encourage the continuance of such productivity. The annual award is sponsored by the Engineering Research Council with the initial assistance of the McGraw-Hill Book Company. Two awards are made—one to the top applicant from a Ph.D. granting program and one to the top applicant from a non-Ph.D. granting program.