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Steven Zeltmann Receives Cablevision Scholarship

Nikhil Gupta and Steven Zeltmann

When Steven Zeltmann won a prestigious award from the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society’s Structural Materials Division, which was presented to him in March 2015, at the division’s council meeting, he said, “I'm very excited about the scholarship and the exposure it's given me and the Composites Materials & Mechanics Laboratory here at the school.”

The prize had indeed, placed a spotlight on not only Professor Nikhil Gupta’s lab but on the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and on the School of Engineering as a whole. Now Zeltmann has attracted the spotlight again, as the winner of a generous Chris Conklin Student Scholarship from Cablevision. Making the honor even more noteworthy is the fact that 2015 marks the second consecutive year that the company has bestowed a Conklin scholarship on the BS/MS student.

The scholarship competition is open to dependents of Cablevision employees, and Zeltmann is eligible because his father, Mike, has been a database administrator at the company for almost two decades. While Zeltmann finds it gratifying to be recognized not once but twice by his father's employer, he says that's not the only advantage to being affiliated with Cablevision. "We've always had the best, fastest Internet connections at home," he explains. "That's been important to my success academically."