Cory Papenfuss overlooking Juneau

Cory Marvin Papenfuss Memorial Engineering Scholarship

The Cory M. Papenfuss Memorial Engineering Scholarship was established by family and friends in loving memory of Cory M. Papenfuss, a graduate of UAF and an extraordinary man of many talents. Cory was a gifted engineer, musician, and pilot with an amazingly kind, loving and humble spirit. This endowment is a fitting tribute to a man who was passionate about living life to its fullest and loving all that life has to offer.

Cory was born in Iowa and moved with his family to Juneau during his high school years where he fell in love with all that is Alaska. He graduated from Juneau-Douglas High school and then attended the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, where he received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1998, and received the Joel Weigert Senior Award. He went on to receive his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA in 2006. He continued on at Virginia Tech as a research engineer and was a brilliant friend, teacher and mentor to many. He was married to Carmen and had a son, Benjamin. Cory was sincere, respectful and thoroughly enjoyed people and they, in turn, enjoyed spending time with him. He made friends from all walks of life wherever he went.

Cory was gifted not only intellectually but also had amazing creativity and varied interests. In addition to the flying, homestead living, beer brewing, and many engineering projects for both work and home, he was also a musician with an ability to sing, and play several instruments, including trumpet, French horn and a stand-up bass in an Old Time String Band.

Although he and his family lived in Blacksburg, Virginia, Cory loved life on the Last Frontier and returned whenever he was able. He had an adventuresome spirit and hiked, boated, fished for salmon, halibut and King Crab. He learned how to fly in Virginia and embarked on a cross-country flying adventure from Virginia to Alaska, went on hundreds of fabulous flights, and logged several thousand nautical miles.

The Cory M. Papenfuss Memorial Endowment is to support an undergraduate student demonstrating academic excellence in Engineering and who also has a range of life (non-academic) interests and abilities.


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