BME Graduate Students Awarded Koerner Family Fellowships

Tracey Gwyther and Chris Scully were awarded fellowships because of their strong interest in teaching and research.

Professor Marsha Rolle

Selcuk Guceri, Bernard Gordon Dean of Engineering, recently announced this year’s graduate Koerner Family Fellows. The Koerner Family Fellowships provide support for WPI engineering graduate students with a strong interest in pursuing teaching or research at an institution of higher education upon receiving their doctoral degree. The fellowships are awarded to five graduate students per year across WPI engineering departments. To qualify, students must have successfully passed their doctoral candidacy exam and be a U.S. citizen.

Dean Guceri said, “There were a large number of exceptional applicants for this year’s award. I congratulate these students and their advisors on receiving this prestigious fellowship.”

Tracy Gwyther was advised by BME Professor Marsha Rolle and Chris Scully was advised by BME Professor and Department Head Ki Chon.

The Koerner Family Fellowships are funded by the generosity of Robert M. and Paula W. Koerner and their children, Michael R. Koerner, George R. Koerner, and Pauline B. Koerner. Robert Koerner is the director of the Geosynthetic Research Institute and an emeritus professor in Drexel University’s Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering Department. Over the past 50 years, his passion for education and research application of geosynthetic civil engineering practice have earned him the highest levels of achievement in teaching, research, and engineering practice. In recognition of his accomplishments, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1998.

January 4, 2012

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