SCW Student Scholarship Established

Dr. Traugott Frederking.

Dr. Traugott Frederking.

CSA has established the T.H.K. Frederking Space Cryogenics Workshop (SCW) Student Scholarship, an award honoring our first CSA Fellow, Dr. Traugott Frederking, who generously sponsored selected students to attend SCW to help develop their technical maturity by exposing them to current leaders and emerging developments in the field.

“During his career, Dr. Frederking…mentored many students at UCLA,” said Lou Salerno, a former CSA president, on the occasion of Frederking being named a CSA Fellow. “He is both a knowledgeable and kind mentor, and has often funded conference attendance out of his own pocket for his students.” Salerno, CSA board member Dr. Sidney Yuan (Frederking’s last graduate student) and Dorothea Frederking, the professor’s widow, have funded the scholarship. The fund was kicked off this past July in Los Angeles with a certificate presented by Salerno to Mrs. Frederking, followed by a celebration at a luncheon at the UCLA Faculty Club.

Dr. Frederking was a professor emeritus of chemical engineering at UCLA and an expert in the field of cryogenics. After his death in 2001 he was remembered by his peers as a humble and modest man, hesitant to take credit for some of the most seminal work in cryogenics.Among the projects he worked on in his long career were the miniaturization of heat exchangers and the development of “lossless” operation for superconducting magnets.

Salerno, retired from NASA Ames, and Yuan, senior engineering specialist at The Aerospace Corporation, inaugurated the scholarship with Mrs. Frederking on what Salerno described as “all in all, a perfect day.”

Lou Salerno presents Dorothea Frederking with a certificate establishing the SCW scholarship fund commemorating her late husband.

Lou Salerno presents Dorothea Frederking with a certificate establishing the SCW scholarship fund commemorating her late husband.

An application form for the first two scholarship awards is posted on the SCW website, with winners to be selected by the co-chairs of the next SCW, Dr.Ali Hedayat of NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and Dr. Franklin Miller of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Funding will defray student registrations and some travel expenses for two students to attend SCW.

The 27th Space Cryogenics Workshop will be held July 5-7, 2017, at the Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus, a resort and convention space in Oak Brook IL, a leafy suburb just west of Chicago and a short distance from either O’Hare or Midway airports.

SCW began in 1980 as a one-day event held in conjunction with the International Cryogenic Engineering Conference and now stands alone under the aegis of CSA. It brings together scientists and engineers from around the world who are actively involved in the field of cryogenics as it relates to space applications.

The conference paper presentations will be held in state-of-the-art Hamburger University, where attendees can enjoy a comfortable and ultramodern business setting. The 2017 SCW venue overlooks scenic lakes, lush gardens and acres of verdant forest. Attendees and their guests can take advantage of the 70-foot indoor lap pool, the health club and the rejuvenating spa, as well as the facility’s nature, jogging and bike trails.

Nearby attractions include the Morton Arboretum, Brookfield Zoo, Oak Brook shopping center, numerous golf courses and the excitement of nearby Chicago. Detailed information available at