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First the Martin Scholarship, Now a Fulbright
Miles Aron '13, the recipient of one of the University of Hartford’s highest awards at this year’s Commencement, the John G. Martin Scholarship to Oxford University, also has been awarded one of the world’s most prestigious educational honors, a Fulbright scholarship.
A graduate of the University’s College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture, Aron plans to defer the Martin Scholarship to Hertford College at Oxford so he can first go to Switzerland to study as a Fulbright scholar.
“I am very excited about these next couple of years,” Aron says. “I will be at the University of Zurich through the Fulbright program for one year and then will head to Oxford in England for two years. I have never been out of the country,” says the Norwich, Conn. resident, “so this is quite the adventure.”
Aron graduated summa cum laude in May from the Bachelor of Science in Engineering—Acoustical Engineering and Music program at the University of Hartford. He plans to complete Oxford’s PhD program in biomedical engineering. “For both Oxford and the Fulbright, I will be working on treating brain diseases and cancer with enhanced drug delivery methods using ultrasound,” Aron says.
The highly competitive, merit-based Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s leading international educational exchange program. It is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
This is the second year in a row that a graduating University of Hartford student has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship. Last year, Stass Shpanin '12, who majored in painting in the University's Hartford Art School, received a Fulbright for a self-directed research project in Russia.
Like Shpanin, Aron is described as an exceptional student.
"Miles definitely was one of the brightest students I’ve had in my time here," says Professor of Mechanical Engineering Robert Celmer. "He was laser focused on the research he wanted to do in grad school. We would constantly expose him to the latest research in the field and he ate it up like ice cream. The more he learned the more involved he got.
"Also, he wasn’t just bookish. Outside of class he was very involved too," Celmer notes. "He held office in our chapter of the Acoustical Society of America and Tau Beta Pi. Part of his appeal comes from his musical background. He is comfortable presenting on stage so he is comfortable presenting himself. He’s a very engaging combination."
Celmer adds that Aron consistently performed well in all of his classes, even as he averaged almost 19 credits each semester. In addition, he has had a number of very challenging summer internships.
During his four years at the University of Hartford, Aron interned for the U.S. Department of Energy at SLAC National Linear Accelerator in Stanford, Calif., where he developed a method of automated optical analysis for dark matter detector crystals. He also interned for PVI Systems in Niantic, Conn., where he implemented microphone arrays for acoustic beam forming. During his senior year, through the Connecticut Space Grant Consortium, he interned at NASA Ames Research Center in California, where he designed a low-frequency calibration system for wind tunnel standing wave modes.
“Miles Aron is quite an achiever,” notes Charles Condon, University secretary and general counsel emeritus and secretary to the London-based trust that administers the John G. Martin Scholarship funds. “These developments are remarkable and offer life-altering possibilities for him.”
“A couple years ago I never thought any of this possible,” Aron says, “but the doors have opened for me and I couldn't be happier with the opportunities the University of Hartford made available to me.”