December 5, 2013

Grace Young Receives Marshall Scholarship

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior Grace Young (Washington, D.C.), a member of the MIT varsity sailing team, is a recipient of the 2014 Marshall Scholarship, which supports two years of graduate study in the United Kingdom. MIT saw a total of four students, all female, earn this award among 34 nationwide winners.

Young will graduate this spring with a bachelor's degree in mechanical and ocean engineering and a minor in history of art and architecture. She will undertake an MSc/PhD in engineering science at the University of Oxford.

A four-year member of the sailing team, Young has competed in two regattas for the nationally-ranked No. 13 coed squad this season. As the crew, she collaborated with sophomore Jeremy Kalas (Huntington, N.Y.) for a 10th-place performance at the Midweek Firefly Regatta on Oct. 23. Young then served as the skipper with freshman David Zhang (Boyds, Md.) at the Crews Regatta on Nov. 10 where they finished 10th in the B Division, helping MIT rank ninth overall.

On the academic side, Young's fascination with both robotics and the sea led her to MIT, passing up the opportunity to become a professional ballet dancer. In 2012, she worked with Hanu Singh of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute to develop a submersible robot that makes 3-D maps of sea ice in Antarctica. As a Hollings Scholar at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Young designed an underwater autonomous surveillance system to monitor fish populations. Her extensive outreach includes teaching elementary and high school students about robotics, science, and the ocean. This spring, Young will be living for a month in an underwater research facility.

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