Engineering Student wins Buick Achievers Scholarship

Kris Wiedenheft, a mechanical engineering major is among 100 students selected from around the country to be named a winner of the 2014 Buick Achievers Scholarship.

Supported by the General Motors Foundation, the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program is designed to assist students studying in engineering and technology fields. This year, the program awarded 100 renewable scholarships of as much as $25,000 per year.

"This is an outstanding achievement. We are extremely proud of Kris for being selected as a Buick Achievers Scholarship recipient. She is an example of the talented, well-rounded, high-achieving engineers that we are dedicated to producing,” said Dr. Robin Coger, dean of the College of Engineering.

Wiedenheft, a transfer student to the university, earned an associate’s degree in engineering science at Hudson Valley Community College. Before transferring to A&T, Wiedenheft worked as a mechanical technician at the research and development facility of Prestone Products. She is performing research in fluid physics (capillary physics space experiment) through a joint NASA funded research project with the A&T Astronautics Thermal & Fluids Research Team and Purdue University.

She is also a recipient of the 2014 Goldwater Scholarship from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program.

“Winning the Buick Achievers Scholarship emphasizes my commitment to academic excellence and research and demonstrates my ability to achieve my career goals. The financial aspects of this award will enable me to continue to pursue my education and research,” said Wiedenheft.

She is a participant of the North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NC-LSAMP) at A&T. Wiedenheft recently completed an intern with the research department of the Chemical Combustion and Fluid Flight Systems Group at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Her ultimate goal is to earn a PhD in aerospace engineering and to conduct research in fluid physics and fluid modeling at a national laboratory or research institution.

Wiedenheft attended the Governor’s Mansion on August 12, where Governor McCrory and GM representatives congratulated her and other North Carolina recipients.