Student Wins Prestigious Postgrad Scholarship

Cherrise Ficke ‘22, a master’s student pursuing a degree in human factors in aeronautics, won the prestigious RADM Fred Lewis I/ITSEC Postgraduate Scholarship.

The $5,000 award is designed to stimulate student interest and university participation in preparing individuals for leadership in the modeling & simulation, training and education communities. It is named after Rear Admiral Fred Lewis, past president of the National Training & Simulation Association who initiated important core programs to identify and credential a professional workforce and established educational programs to stimulate interest in M&S careers at all grade levels.

I/ITSEC is the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference, the world’s largest modeling, simulation and training event.

Ficke received her B.S. in aviation management from Florida Tech in 2022, graduating magna cum laude. She is set to graduate with her master’s degree in spring 2023. She said this award is significant because of the pivotal role I/ITSEC played in her career as a human factors practitioner.

“I/ITSEC further exposed me to so many opportunities readily available in the industry” she said. “Given my background in human factors research, more specifically in VR/AR environments, simulation and training, this I/ITSEC scholarship directly aligns with my aspirations and interests. From this, receiving this scholarship from I/ITSEC really means a lot to me, given the impact I/ITSEC has had on me throughout my career.”

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