Royce Pokela

Royce Pokela

College: FAMU-FSU College of Engineering
Degree Program: Mechanical Engineering
Degree: Doctorate

Award: McKnight Doctoral Fellowship (2020)


Why FSU?

As an undergraduate at Florida State University, I had the opportunity to work in multiple research labs and contribute to incredible, highly impactful work. This program is where I developed my love for research, and I was able to see firsthand the commitment that FSU has to being a preeminent research institution. I was also able to develop a great relationship with my incoming research advisor, and I look forward to continuing to work with them at a university I love.

Motivation to pursue a graduate degree

I want to pursue a career in research and academia, and a graduate degree is the next step in that direction. I have really enjoyed working in research and look forward to conducting my own independent work. I love to learn and want to continue to expand my understanding in my field and eventually rise to the level of the professors I have worked with here at FSU.

Importance and impact of research

I am studying experimental aerodynamics, specializing in high-speed flows. Here at FSU, we have world-class aerodynamics research facilities, and the research we conduct will have a major impact on the entire aerospace industry. I hope to contribute fundamental research that can help increase our understanding of high-speed flight, which will lead to safer space travel, safer and less expensive commercial supersonic flight, and more.

Career aspirations

I hope to become a professor so that I can teach students in the classroom and in a lab to pass on the knowledge that I am currently learning. I want to continue to expand the knowledge in my field and work with leaders in the industry to open up new possibilities for everyone.