Giovanni Orlandi is the second student in Clemson University history to win the Churchill Scholarship, allowing him to pursue a master’s degree at the University of Cambridge, one of the world’s oldest and most distinguished institutions of higher learning. 

As a student at Cambridge, Orlandi will follow in the footsteps of some of history’s most towering innovators and thinkers, including Sir Isaac Newton, Stephen Hawking and Lord Kelvin. 

The scholarship will pay for a year of tuition and various other expenses, including travel and room and board. Orlandi is among 16 U.S. students this year to win the scholarship. 

At Cambridge, Orlandi plans to join the quest to find a room-temperature superconductor, an innovation that, if achieved, could revolutionize fields ranging from energy to computing to medicine. He will be pursuing a Master of Philosophy in materials science and metallurgy. 

Orlandi’s long-term goal is to earn a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering with a focus on theoretical and computational materials science. 

Orlandi is an Honors student majoring in mechanical engineering and minoring in physics at Clemson. He would like to either become a university professor or lead a research team at a national lab focusing on renewable energy production to address climate change. 

The Churchill Scholarship, named after former U.K. Prime Minister Winston Churchill, is a prestigious award that allows American students to pursue graduate studies at Churchill College, Cambridge.

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