HOUGHTON, Mich. (WWJ/AP) – A student at Michigan Technological University in Houghton has received the U.S. Air Force Cadet Research Award, given annually to one cadet in the nation.

Jacob LaSarge is a senior majoring in mechanical engineering. He was chosen by the chief scientist of the Air Force from nominees submitted by the nation’s 145 ROTC detachments.

He was chosen for showing leadership and technical ability as manager of a student project that developed a prototype satellite as part of the Air Force Research Lab’s University Nanosatellite 6 competition.

“The outstanding leadership and technical expertise provided by Cadet LaSarge has advanced this project further than anyone had imagined,” said Lt. Col. Michael Brothers, head of Aerospace Studies and commander of the Air Force ROTC program at Michigan Tech. “Jake is an outstanding student-leader and is truly deserving of this recognition.”

LaSarge joined Michigan Tech’s project in fall 2010 and after a semester took charge of the guidance, navigation and controls section. He was responsible for more than 70 undergraduates and a research and development budget exceeding $200,000.

LaSarge accepted the Cadet Research Award Aug. 23 during ceremonies at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, in Dayton, Ohio.

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