VCHS alum named Fulbright Scholar
Cooper Gould to study in Switzerland
EDWARDS — A Vail Valley native is the first from his university to win a Fulbright Scholarship to Switzerland.
Cooper Gould, a 2015 graduate of Vail Christian High School, will study with Professor François Avellan in his Laboratory for Hydraulic Machines at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL).
Gould is studying mechanical engineering and mathematics from Texas Christian University. After completing his Fulbright, Cooper plans to head back to the U.S. to earn a master’s degree in aerospace engineering at the University of Colorado. He interned at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
In addition to working with EPFL, Cooper will spend time in Switzerland working with Fondation Hirondelle. Based in Lausanne, the nonprofit provides information to populations faced with crisis.
The Fulbright program is an international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government.
Among the 380,000 Fulbright scholars are 59 Nobel Laureates, 82 Pulitzer Prize winners, 71 MacArthur Fellows, 16 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients and thousands of leaders across the private, public and non-profit sectors.
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