REP. COSTELLO VISITS WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY TO OFFER CONGRATULATIONS ON NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION GRANT
West Chester, PA – Rep. Ryan Costello (PA-06), a member of the STEM Caucus, today congratulated West Chester University on receiving a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. The grant was in the amount of $37,153 for the project, Collaborative Research: Scaling of Unsteady Locomotor Performance and Maneuverability.
Rep. Costello visited West Chester University’s Liquid Life Lab this week, where he had the opportunity to meet Professor Frank Fish, Ph.D. and students working in the lab. During the visit, Professor Fish explained his research examining the movements of sea mammals could be applied to underwater vessels and utilized in enhancing national security efforts.
“I am pleased to see local innovators at West Chester University are being supported, and it was great to meet with the students who are gaining valuable experience from the grant,” said Rep. Costello. “This is an example of the importance of providing resources for the National Science Foundation’s critical work.”
“The grant will allow for a rigorous analysis of the locomotor performance of some of the largest, endangered animals on this planet and provide the information that can be used to aid in their conservation,” said West Chester University Professor Frank Fish, Ph.D. “In addition, the knowledge gained can be applied to the design and construction of autonomous underwater systems for use in exploring the ocean basins and for our nation’s defense.”
Rep. Costello is a strong supporter of STEM educators, researchers, and their work. Last month, he signed a bipartisan letter to the House Appropriations Committee requesting robust, continued funding for the NSF in the upcoming 2018 Fiscal Year.