Solar Atmospheres of Western Pennsylvania (SAWPA), in conjunction with the Metal Treating Institute (MTI) and Industrial Heating, awarded an education scholarship to Sarah Luna of El Paso, Texas. Ms. Luna is majoring in metallurgical and materials engineering and will soon begin her senior year at the University of Texas at El Paso. The scholarship was part of the Master Craftsman Heat Treater of the Year award, won by SAWPA in 2012, through which an endowment of $1,500 is presented to a student in a metallurgy or materials-science program.

"MTI feels it's imperative that the heat-treating industry encourages and rewards the next generation of engineers and metallurgists,” said Tom Morrison, MTI president. “Every industry is fighting to win the hearts of the younger generation, and we love it when we can be involved in helping lead someone to an exciting career in heat treating."

Ms. Luna was selected by a Solar Atmospheres committee based on her academic record, honors, demonstrated leadership, participation in school and community activities, and work experience.

“Sarah is a very intelligent woman who truly loves the material engineering career path that she has chosen,” said Bob Hill, president of SAWPA. “During her co-op at NASA, she worked on corrosion issues with the space shuttle, analyzing orbital debris and new materials that are cited for future deep-space exploration.”