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Love of Learning Award recipient Gustavo E. C. Fujiwara found his passion early in life - and has soared accordingly.

"I was very fascinated with aviation while growing up near the airport in Sào Paulo," the Brazilian native said in a phone interview.

His childhood dream to become an airline pilot launched a B.S. in mechanical engineering from University of Sào Paulo; a job at Embraer, the aircraft manufacturer, in the applied aerodynamics and flight mechanics group for flight efficiency for 1 Vi years; and then an M.S. in aerospace engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, his Phi Kappa Phi chapter. In the fall, he began a Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics engineering at University of Washington; the LoL Award helps pay for the schooling.

Fujiwara's interest in air travel further jetted him to honors. His undergraduate teams won numerous awards in the SAE Aero Design Competition over the years. And last summer, he interned at NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif., on a project about flexible wings.

Through all these achievements, Fujiwara, 26, remains grounded in gratitude, mindfulness, and humility. These virtues stem from his father's Japanese heritage even after three generations in Brazil. His mother's grandfather moved to Brazil from Portugal.

And while admitting to being competitive - and medaling in college at judo, track and field (100 meter, 4 x 100 meter relay, shot put, javelin), and table tennis - he maintains, "Always respect your opponents. …

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