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Balbus Earns NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

May 19, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Glenn Balbus, a 2016 graduate of Johns Hopkins University and a four-year member of the men’s fencing team, added another honor to his resume this week. He earned a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and will receive a $7,500 award for postgraduate study. The NCAA selected 29 male and 29 female athletes from all winter sports and all divisions for the award.

Balbus is the first fencer, male or female, in Johns Hopkins history to earn the honor. Johns Hopkins has now produced 42 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipients and has had at least one in each of the last three academic years. Balbus will begin work on his Ph.D in Materials Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara this fall.

Balbus graduated on Wednesday with a 4.00 cumulative GPA in mechanical. He also received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. He was the recipient of the Johns Hopkins’ Charles A. Miller, William N. Sharpe, Jr., Roberty G. Gerstmyer and Dr. William Howard Awards. A 2015 First Team CoSIDA Academic All-American, he was also a finalist for a prestigious Rhodes.

A three-time captain of the fencing team, Balbus finished his career tied for 12th in Hopkins history, among all weapons, with 247 career wins. He also ranks 28th in career win percentage (.704) among all weapons. Among Foilists, he is tied for seventh in program history in career wins (237) and 10th in win percentage (.705).

Balbus is a volunteer wheelchair fencing coach and a volunteer tutor for STEM Achievement in Baltimore Elementary Schools (SABES). He is also the team captain for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. He has been a research assistant in the JHU Department of Mechanical Engineering for Dr. Kevin Hemker since September 2013. He has worked on several projects under Dr. Hemker’s team including aiding in machining and testing of several TBC compositions; designing, building and implementing a high temperature furnace for thermal expansion testing of thin films; and aiding in preparation and tensile testing of several directionally solidified super-alloys and Polymer Matrix Composites.



Balbus is a teaching assistant in the JHU Department of Mechanical Engineering. This past summer, he interned with Textron Systems in Ground Control Station Products. He also has interned with the Turner Construction Company in the Field Engineering Department. In the summer of 2011, he was the BIM Coordination Intern on the Madison Square Garden renovation. Two years later, he was a Field Engineering Intern on the World Trade Center Tower 2 Project.