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Patrick Dougherty of Mt. Lebanon has been named a 2011 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow based on his academic performance, letters of recommendation and his research proposal titled "Lifetime Prediction of Drill Bits in Deep-well Rock Drilling: Multi-physics Modeling and Experimental Validation."

Mr. Dougherty is a December 2010 mechanical engineering graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, where he has been accepted into the doctoral engineering program. He will be conducting his fellowship research at CMU. Recipients of the fellowship receive a three-year annual stipend of $30,000, along with $10,500 for tuition and fees, and opportunities for international research and professional development.


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