CEMS Giving

Giving to Graduate Fellowships

Thanks to the exceptional generosity of alumni and friends of CEMS, the Department’s successful “Campaign FIRST” effort ensures that all first-year graduate students are supported with fellowship funding. The need to support graduate fellowships is ongoing, in order to attract the world’s brightest graduate students and remain competitive with other institutions that offer generous aid. You may consider creating your own named fellowship, or directing your gift to one of the following funds available:

Arnie Fredrickson Fellowship Fund

The Arnie Fredrickson Fellowship was established in honor of long-time CEMS faculty member Arnie Fredrickson by former students and friends of Arnie.

Current Recipients:
  • Hannah Seo
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Bill and Marcia Ball Fellowship Fund

Bill and Marcia Ball established the Bill and Marcia Ball Fellowship in 2005 to provide funding for graduate students in the Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science. The Ball's intention in establishing this fund is to support Campaign FIRST, an initiative aimed to help the department retain a superior international reputation and top ranking. (Bill '70 BS Chemical Engineering)

Current Recipients:
  • Nicholas Hampu
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Bill and Triana Silliman Fellowship

Bill and Triana Silliman decided to make their 2007 gift to Campaign First, because they wished to support the Graduate program in Chemical Engineering, which was a very important part of their lives. Dr. William J. Silliman came to the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science after completing an undergraduate degree from Princeton University. "Bill" received his PhD in Chemical Engineering under the advisement of the late L.E. Scriven in 1979. After leaving the University Bill began working for Exxon Corporation and today serves as the Development Planning Manager for the Far East. Triana and Bill met in 1969 and have been married for 32 years. In 1978 Triana completed a general education degree at the University of Minnesota and later after staying home to rear the Silliman's four children, she obtained a Master of Education from the University of St. Thomas and currently teaches children with special needs.

Current Recipients:
  • Krystopher Jochem
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Chris & Kathleen Macosko Fellowship

Chris and Kathleen Macosko have a deep connection to the University of Minnesota. High school sweethearts from Ohio, the Macosko's married in 1967 and after Chris' Ph.D. work at Princeton, ended up at the University of Minnesota where Chris has served as a Professor since 1970. Kathleen in the early years taught at all levels of public school, then stayed home with the Macosko's four children and later became an ordained pastor. During his academic career, Professor Macosko advised over 100 graduate students in the areas of rheology, polymer processing, polymer blends, interfaces and nanoparticles.

Current Recipients:
  • Xuekui Duan
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Curtis M. and Joyce P. Stendahl Graduate Fellowship

Mr. Curtis M. Stendahl earned his bachelor's and master's degree in chemical engineering in 1954 and 1956 respectively. Mr. Stendahl remembers well the modest tuition he paid to attend the University of Minnesota and is grateful for his university education. By establishing this fellowship in 2005, he and his wife Joyce P. Stendahl hope to provide similar educational opportunities for academically deserving but financially needy students.

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Dr. Doraiswami and Mrs. Geetha Ramkrishna Fellowship in Chemical Engineering

Dr. Doraiswami (Ph.D. ChE '65)and Mrs. Geetha Ramkrishna created this fund in 2016. It is intended to provide support for full-time graduate students in the College of Science and Engineering who are pursuing doctoral studies in chemical engineering, particularly those who are pursuing research utilizing mathematical modeling applications.

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Ed & Betsy Cussler Fellowship

Established in 2011, the Ed & Betsy Cussler Fellowship provides funding for graduate fellowships in the department. Alumni and friends are invited to make gifts to the Cussler Fellowship at any time.

Current Recipients:
  • Hak Rae Lee
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Erling A. Dalaker Fellowship

A bequest from the estate of Erling A. Dalaker established the Erling A Dalaker Fellowship Fund, an endowment that will provide funding for graduate fellowships in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. (Erling '34 BS Chemical Engineering) Early in his career Erling worked for Oak Ridge Laboratory in Tennessee on the atomic bomb.

Current Recipients:
  • Aditya Bhandari
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Frank & Janis Bates Research Fellowship Fund

In November 2007, Frank and Janis Bates endowed the Frank and Janis Bates Research Fellowship Fund. The Fellowship will provide the payment of tuition and or a stipend for a full time graduate student in the Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science with exceptional potential in their field. Other gifts may be contributed to the fund by the donors or others at any time.

Current Recipients:
  • Zhengyang Liu
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Gary & Helen Dowling Fellowship

The Gary & Helen Dowling Fellowship was established in 2005 by Gary & Helen Dowling because Gary, a 1971 PhD graduate of the department, is grateful for the education he received. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Gary had a successful career with ExxonMobil and feels this gift is giving back to a department which provided a strong technical foundation for his career. Additionally, Gary and Helen would like to help the department remain first in reputation and ranking by making a lead gift to Campaign FIRST which will allow CEMS to be competitive for years to come.

Current Recipients:
  • Jie Tu
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George Philippidis Fellowship in Biochemical Engineering

George graduated from CEMS in 1989 under the Ph.D. advisement of Wei-Shou Hu. Since then, he has also earned an MBA and has been pursuing a career in biofuels and renewable energy in the public and private sector developing and commercializing technologies. He currently lives in Tampa, FL. George's motivation for establishing this fellowship is to help CEMS remain a top-ranked program and continue to attract excellent students. The fellowship shall be dedicated to supporting full-time CEMS graduate students who will be pursuing doctoral studies in Chemical Engineering or Materials Science with a focus on biochemical and biotechnology research, are in good academic standing, and show exceptional potential in their field.

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Herbert S. Isbin Fellowship

The Isbin Fellowship was established in 2003 by Hans K. Fauske (MS ChE, '59) and his wife Judy in honor of Professor Herbert S. Isbin, Han's advisor and life long friend. The Isbin Fellowship provides support for incoming graduate students in honor of Professor Isbin. Alumni and friends are invited to make gifts to the Isbin Fellowship at any time.

Current Recipients:
  • Hannah Seo
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Howard W. & Mary S. Cox Fellowship

Howard W. Cox and his wife Mary established the Howard W. and Mary S. Cox Fellowship to provide fellowships for graduate students. Howard received his M.S. in 1970 and his Ph.D. in 1973 under the direction of Chris Macosko.

Current Recipients:
  • Matthew Thomas
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H. Ted Davis Fellowship

CEMS lost a giant when Regents Professor H. Ted Davis died of cardiac arrest on May 17, 2009. The University of Minnesota lost, too, as he had for many years performed outstanding faithful service as Dean of the Institute of Technology; and, at the time of his death, was Director of the Biotechnology Institute. The H. Ted Davis Fellowship Fund will pay tribute to Ted in the form of a prestigious award given out annually by the H. Ted Davis Fellowship Fund which will recruit an outstanding graduate student to CEMS. Franklin M. Orr, Jr., along with his wife Susan, originally established the H. Ted Davis Fellowship in 2005 in honor of H. Ted Davis to establish a legacy in his name commemorating his lifetime of service to the University of Minnesota as professor and department head of the Chemical Engineering & Materials Science Department and Dean of the Institute of Technology. The Davis Fellowship supports incoming graduate students. (Franklin M. Orr, Jr. '76 PhD Chemical Engineering)

Current Recipients:
  • Ryan Gnabasik
  • Alan Albrecht
  • Gregory Facas
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Jacqueline & Richard Schmeal Fellowship

W. Richard "Dick" Schmeal obtained a PhD from CEMS in 1965 advised by Neal Amundson having obtained a BS from the University of Illinois and MS from Northwestern. The Schmeal's decided to make a gift to Campaign FIRST by es tablishing a fellowship because they feel strongly in the value of education. Additionally, Dick is an advocate and dedicated volunteer in the CEMS Department currently serving as the Chair of Campaign FIRST.

Current Recipients:
  • Pavlos Pachidis
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James Andrews Fellowship

James graduated from the department in 1984 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering.

Current Recipients:
  • Athena Metaxas
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Jan J. & Sofia Milner Laskowski Fellowship

Established by Sofia (PhD '68 Chemical Engineering) & Jan (PhD '68 Chemical Engineering) Laskowski in 2002 to support promising female graduate students in the department. Sofia was the first female PhD graduate of the department and was advised by Herbert S. Isbin. Jan was advised by Bill Ranz. Both Sofia and Jan have enjoyed wonderful careers with IBM.

Current Recipients:
  • Meryl Lewis
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Kaler Family Fellowship

University of Minnesota President Eric W. Kaler (Ph.D. ChE '82) and Karen F. Kaler established the Kaler Family Fellowship in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science in 2015. Strong in their belief in the transformative power of education and the University of Minnesota's vital role as a public research university, the Kalers created this fund to provide support to outstanding graduate students to enable them to benefit from and contribute to the University's world-class Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.

Current Recipients:
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Kenneth H. Keller Graduate Fellowship

The Keller Fellowship was created in 2004 by Kenneth H. Keller and his wife Bonita F. Sindelir. The Keller Fellowship supports incoming chemical engineering graduate students. Professor Keller has devoted over 35 years of his professional career to the University serving as Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Associate and then Acting Dean of the Graduate School, Vice President for Academic Affairs and President. Bonita has been associated with the University for 24 years as an undergraduate, a law student, and in staff assignments including that of Associate University Attorney. Ken and Bonita want to help ensure that the Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science retains its international top-ranking in future years. Alumni and friends are invited to make gifts to the Keller Fellowship at any time.

Current Recipients:
  • Minchul Kim
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Lanny & Charlotte Schmidt and Duane Goetsch & Nancy M. Dickerson Fellowship

Lanny & Charolotte Schmidt along with student Duane Goetsch and his wife Nancy Dickerson created this fund in 2003. This fund supports first year graduate students interested in reaction engineering. Dr. Schmidt has served in the CEMS department for over 35 years as a professor researching surface chemistry, heterogeneous catalysis and reaction engineering. In 2002 Schmidt was appointed a Regents Professor. Alumni and friends are encouraged to make gifts to the Schmidt Fellowship at any time.

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Lap & Jody Chan Fellowship

The Lap and Jody Chan Fellowship was established in 2004 by Lap (PhD '85) and his wife Jody Chan to provide funding for graduate students. Lap was advised by Greg Griffin and resides in Singapore.

Current Recipients:
  • Matthew Palys
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Laurence W. Booher Fellowship

Laurence W. Booher received a Bachelor of Metallurgical Engineering in 1979 from CEMS. Booher was a long-time employee of United Defense Limited Partnerhsip. Laurence loved the game of golf and was an active member of the Thursday night golf league. His life was cut short in July 2000 and he is survived by his wife and three sons. Booher's friends and colleagues endowed this fellowship fund to honor his memory by advancing the art and science of materials and nanotechnology. The Booher Fellowship supports a student studying and doing research in materials science or nanotechnology.

Current Recipients:
  • Ryan Gnabasik
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L.E. & D.H. Scriven Research Fellowship Fund

Professor Scriven (Skip) received his B.S. in 1952 from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Ph.D. in 1956 from the University of Delaware. He worked as a research engineer for Shell Development Co. before joining the Chemical Engineering department in 1959 as an Assistant Professor. Skip was named a Professor in 1966 and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1978. In 1988 he was selected as Regents Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota. Professor Scriven passed away August 3, 2007.

Current Recipients:
  • Jyun-Ting Wu
  • Pedram Motallebnejad
  • Xudong Hang
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Lynn Frostman and Mike ZumMallen Fellowship

Lynn and Mike met at the University of Minnesota while both obtaining Ph.D.'s in the esteemed Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. Lynn was advised by Professor Mike Ward and Michael by Regents Professor Lanny Schmidt. Both graduated in 1995 with Ph.D.'s in Chemical Engineering. Today, Lynn works for Baker-Hughes and Michael for Dow Chemical. Recipients of this fellowship will be full-time graduate students enrolled in CEMS working toward a graduate degree in good academic standing with exceptional potential in their field.

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Marvin S. & Norma V. Sivertsen Fellowship

Created in 1999 in honor of his parents by Metallurgical Engineering Professor John M. Sivertsen, the Sivertsen Fellowship supports promising graduate students in the department. Professor Sivertsen served as a faculty member in the department from 1957-1998.

Current Recipients:
  • Ian Curtin
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Materials Science Fellowship Fund

Established in 2005 by metallurgical engineering alumni, Robert Sundahl, the Materials Science Fellowship Fund provides support specifically for incoming top-notch materials science graduate students. Metallurgical and materials science alumni are encouraged to support this fund to perpetuate greatness within the field. (Robert '58 BS, '64 MS, '66 PhD Metalurigical Engineering)

Current Recipients:
  • Nez Izquierdo
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Matthew Tirrell Fellowship Fund

The Matthew Tirrell Fellowship was established in 2008 with a generous gift from former faculty member and department head, Matthew V. Tirrell. Tirrell began his appointment as a faculty member in the department in 1977. After leaving CEMS in 1999, he served as Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara from 1999-2009. Dr. Tirrell is the founding director of the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago. He has also held a previous appointment at the University of California, Berkeley and was affiliated with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Current Recipients:
  • John Suddard-Bangsund
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Nancy Scott & Kevin Gromley Fellowship

Nancy Scott and Kevin Gromley both earned master's degrees in chemical engineering from CEMS. They met as graduate students in 1977 and were married in 1984. Nancy and Kevin established this fellowship in appreciation of the financial assistance they received as students and to acknowledge the guidance and support of their advisors Kenneth Keller and Matthew Tirrell.

Current Recipients:
  • Ian Slauch
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Neal Amundson Fellowship in Chemical Engineering & Materials Science

Dr. Andreas Acrivos (ChemE M.S. '51; Ph.D. '54), distinguished alumnus and recipient of an honorary doctorate from the Institute of Technology in 2000, completed his doctorate in chemical engineering under the direction of the legendary Professor Neal Amundson. Now a chemical engineering legend in his own right, Dr. Acrivos and his wife, Dr. Juana Vivo Acrivos, established this fund in Professor Amundson's honor in 2000. The purpose of the fund is to provide fellowships to graduate students in the CEMS Department.

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Neal R. and Shirley D. Amundson Fellowship

Established in 2003 by Neal and Shirley Amundson, the Amundson Fellowship provides support for incoming female graduate students.

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Pat Whitcomb & Patty Napier Fellowship

Pat Whitcomb (ChemE '73, M.S. '77) worked under the advisement of CEMS Professor Chris Macosko. Upon graduation, Pat worked for General Mills Chemicals and Henkel Corporation before founding Stat-Ease in 1985. Historically, Stat-Ease has supported the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science each year through the donation of software and gratis lectures. Patty Napier attended Sibley High School and then the University of Minnesota, graduating with a degree in Spanish in 1972 from the College of Liberal Arts. Upon graduation, Patty began working at the University of Minnesota as a civil service employee for what today totals 34 years, working in various offices including the Senior Vice President and Provost's Office. Pat and Patty's loyalty to the University of Minnesota runs deep, including holding Gopher season hockey tickets since 1974.

Current Recipients:
  • Johnathan O'Donnell
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Peter and Gene Pierce Family Fellowship Fund

Peter Pierce graduated from the University of Minnesota's Department of Mechanical Engineering with a bachelor's degree in 1954. The Pierce's have created this gift in recognition and in honor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Professor Lanny Schmidt and his outstanding teaching and research efforts in the Institute of Technology. With this gift they wish to leverage the Graduate School's 21st Century Graduate Fellowship Endowment's matching dollars program to create this new fellowship fund.

Current Recipients:
  • Matheus Dorneles de Mello
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Phyllis B. Branin Fellowship

Phyllis B. Branin (B.S. 1947) established the Phyllis B. Branin Fellowship in 2004 to provide funding for graduate students in the department and help the department remain #1 in reputation and rankings.

Current Recipients:
  • Blake Wolf
  • Bryan Voigt
  • Brandon Foley
  • John Caputo
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Robert & Beverly Sundahl Fellowship

Robert received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. (1966) in Materials Science under the advisement of Jack Sivertsen. "Bob" and his wife Beverly's intent in establishing this fellowship is to provide support to deserving Ph.D. candidates for up to three years of research.

Current Recipients:
  • Ian Curtin
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Robert V. Mattern Fellowship

Bob is a 1944 B.S. and 1952 Ph.D. graduate of CEMS and decided to create this fellowship in 2005 to assist the department with Campaign FIRST, an initiative aimed at keeping the department first in reputation and ranking for generations to come. Additionally, Bob enjoys supporting students and currently supports several undergraduates in the CEMS department through the Joan Mattern Scholarship which he created in 2001 in honor of his late wife Joan Mattern.

Current Recipients:
  • William Nunn
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Rutherford Aris Memorial Fellowship Fund

Hundreds of alumni and friends honored the late Regents Professor Rutherford Aris with memorials. Claire Aris has donated these memorials to the department to create the Rutherford Aris Memorial Fellowship Fund. This fellowship fund is being matched 1:1 by the University and will support top incoming students in the department.

Current Recipients:
  • Sagar Udyavara
  • Guo Kang Cheong
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Sebastian C. Reyes Fellowship

The Sebastian C. Reyes Fellowship was created by friends and colleagues from ExxonMobil to honor the life and achievements of Sebastian C. Reyes Morga, a native of Linares, Chile. Dr. Reyes received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from University of Concepción (Chile), and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, all in chemical engineering. He held the position of Distinguished Engineering Associate at ExxonMobil's Corporate Strategic Research Laboratories in Annandale, NJ at the time of his death at age 52. Dr. Reyes, a well respected and recognized leader in his chosen field, was a prolific contributor to the scientific and patent literature. He made many pivotal contributions to the science and technology of hydrocarbon processing. He was a devoted friend, one who took in his journey a part of each one he touched, taught, and charmed. His family, friends, and colleagues will remember him as a remarkable individual, in his humanity generosity, and in his intellect.

Current Recipients:
  • Gokul Hariharan
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Stephen J. Salter Fellowship Fund

A bequest from the estate of Stephen J. Salter has been used to establish the Stephen J. Salter Fellowship in the Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science. Other gifts may be contributed to the fund by others at any time. (Stephen '75 PhD Chemical Engineering)

Current Recipients:
  • John Caputo
  • Gokul Hariharan
  • Ryan Gnabasik
  • Nez Izquierdo
  • Johnathan O'Donnell
  • Zhengyang Liu
  • Hannah Seo
  • Mridul Yadav
  • Michul Kim
  • Wentao Tang
  • Pavlos Pachidis
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The First Year Graduate Student Fellowship Fund

This fund was established in 2001 with a historic $1 million dollar contribution from Robert W. Gore. Gore is best known for his discovery of Gore-Tex and is one of the department's most celebrated Ph.D. graduates. Gore graduated in 1961 with an M.S. under the advisement of L. E. Scriven and in 1963 with a Ph.D. under the advisement of Bill Ranz. This fund provides incoming graduate student fellowships and serves as the general fund for donations for graduate student support. Since inception the fund has grown exponentially and is the main departmental recruiting mechanism for attaining the world's best graduate students. Alumni wishing to support graduate students are encouraged and invited to contribute to this fund.

Current Recipients:
  • Xuekui Duan
  • Ashish Jayaraman
  • Hak Rae Lee
  • William Nunn
  • Thu Phan
  • Ian Slauch
  • Diqing Su
  • Matthew Thomas
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The Teletzke Family Fellowship Fund

Gary and Mary Ellen Teletzke established the Teletzke Family Fellowship to provide fellowships to graduate students in the department and to assist the department with Campaign FIRST, an initiative aimed at keeping the nationally recognized program #1. Gary received his PhD in 1983 under the advisement of H. Ted Davis for whom Gary has great respect and admiration. Since graduation Gary and Ted have remained friends. Gary hopes to "give back" to his alma mater by establishing this fellowship within the department enabling the department to continue a tradition of excellence for generations to come.

Current Recipients:
  • Mridul Yadav
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Thomas R. & Yolanda Shirley Stein Fellowship

Dr. Thomas R. and Yolanda Shirley Stein established the Thomas R. & Yolanda Shirley Stein Fellowship in 2004 to express their gratitude for having been afforded the opportunity to attend the University of Minnesota. They also feel strongly about the breadth and diversity of their educational experience in the department and wish to give others the same opportunity they had to attend a top ranked program. Tom received a PhD in Chemical Engineering in 1968 advised by Professor Kenneth H. Keller. Yolanda Shirley Stein obtained a B.S. in 1965 and M.S. in 1968 also in Chemical Engineering and was also advised by Professor Kenneth Keller. Yolanda, a native of Panama, was the second in her family to attend the University. Her father, the late Owen Barnett Shirley, also attended the University obtaining a B.S. in 1953 in Elementary Education.

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Usha Kumar Fellowship

K.S.P. "Pat" Kumar established this Fellowship in honor of his wife Usha Kumar. The fund provides fellowships to deserving graduate students in the CEMS department.

Current Recipients:
  • Matthew Carlson
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William E. Ranz Fellowship Fund

Shivram and Gale Murty's gift establishes a fellowship endowment in the name of William E. Ranz. Shiv came to the University in 1969 from IIT Bombay. He worked under the advisement of William E. Ranz in the world renowned Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science. Shiv received his M.S. in 1972 and PhD in 1974 in Chemical Engineering and then worked in many roles for Pillsbury and General Mills for 31 years. During his time at the University of Minnesota Shiv met Gale Todd. They were married in 1974. Gale was born in St. Paul and grew up in Brainerd, Alexandria and Rochester in Minnesota. She obtained her BA in 1977 from the College of Liberal Arts and her MD from the University's Medical School in 1983. She completed a residency in Family Practice at the Ramsey Clinic in St. Paul in 1986 and began her practice in family medicine in Spring Valley, Wisconsin at a Ramsey Clinic satellite. She sub-specialized in Geriatrics and currently practices in Elmwood, Wisconsin with Red Cedar Medical Center: Mayo Health System.

Current Recipients:
  • Johnathan O'Donnell
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William Warren Gerberich Fellowship in the Solid Mechanics of Plasticity and Fracture

The Gerberich Fellowship provides funds to graduate students who are committed to study in the field of the solid mechanics of plasticity and fracture. The gift was made by Dr. Gerberich and his wife Dr. Susan Goodwin Gerberich in memory of Elizabeth Sarah Pratt Goodwin and Arthur George Goodwin, parents of Susan and Clarissa Ross Gerberich and Harold Robert Gerberich, parents of Dr. William Gerberich. Dr. Gerberich has served as a distinguished professor in the CEMS department since 1971. Alumni and friends are invited to make gifts to the Gerberich Fellowship at any time.

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