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Grant creates Graduate Engineering Fellowship at University of Houston
Article Type: University and research news From: Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology: An International Journal, Volume 80, Issue 2.
The Bayer Foundation recently announced that it has awarded a $90,000 grant to the University of Houston's Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering to establish the Bayer Graduate Fellowship Program. The fellowship, which is competitive with other prestigious fellowships from the National Science Foundation and elsewhere, will be awarded over a three-year period to a graduate student pursuing a doctoral degree in chemical engineering.
The recipient will be identified from a pool of second year students seeking to complete his/her studies. “We are extremely pleased to make this gift to the University of Houston, an institution whose chemical and biomolecular engineering department is consistently placed among the top echelon in the United States for the quality of its faculty, their scholarship and research projects, as well as the quality and number of PhD engineering students it graduates each year,” said Willy Scherf, President and CEO, Bayer Corporate and Business Services LLC. According to UH's CHBE, the department graduates nearly one PhD student per year per faculty member.
Presently, there are 14 full-time faculty members in the department. “As a leading producer of polymers and high-performance plastics, we at Bayer MaterialScience are also impressed with the department's particular strengths in the areas of chemical reaction engineering, process engineering and control, and mathematical modelling,” said Gregory S. Babe, President and CEO, Bayer MaterialScience LLC. “We are very aware of the fact that the growth of biotechnology and materials, including polymeric and bio- or plant- based materials, is producing a new group of graduates highly skilled in speciality products spanning polymers and biomaterials and that many of these graduates are coming out the University of Houston CHBE program.” Both Bayer MaterialScience and Bayer Corporate and Business Services (BCBS) share a facility in Baytown, Texas. “We are extremely grateful to the Bayer Foundation for this grant,” said Mike Harold, Chairman of the CHBE Department.
“The University of Houston Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is committed to producing doctoral students who have been educated in the fundamentals of our field and who have used that knowledge to carry out pioneering research. By establishing this fellowship, Bayer is helping us further this commitment.”
The University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering UH Cullen College of Engineering has produced five US astronauts, ten members of the National Academy of Engineering, and degree programs that have ranked high nationally. With more than 2,600 students, the college offers accredited undergraduate and graduate degrees in biomedical, chemical, civil and environmental, electrical and computer, industrial, and mechanical engineering. It also offers specialised programs in aerospace, materials, petroleum engineering and telecommunications.