The 2021 recipient of the Klaus and Jean Timmerhaus Scholarship, Jonathon Howard, is a third-year graduate student at Michigan State University (MSU), pursuing his PhD in mechanical engineering. He performs his research through the MSU Cryogenic Initiative at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science scientific user facility, where he is investigating the high-efficiency and reliable wide-range operation of 2 K helium cryogenic systems. Jonathon expects to complete his studies in 2023.


This prestigious scholarship award was developed to assist graduate students at American universities who are engaged in the various fields of cryogenic engineering. The award will be in the amount of $2,500 for a single year. If the applicant is still in grad school for the following year, a renewal is possible pending acceptable grades and research progress.

The goal of this graduate scholarship is to “develop and foster increased interest and participation in fields of cryogenic study and to encourage future engineers and scientists in these areas.”