Two UIC engineering doctoral students receive FMC Fellowships
Khodr Maamari, a University of Illinois at Chicago doctoral student in electrical & computer engineering, and Erin Yargicoglu, a UIC doctoral student in civil & material engineering, are among four University of Illinois Ph.D. students who received $20,000 FMC Technologies, Inc., Fellowships for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Four master’s students will each receive $12,000.
The selection committee included representatives from FMC Technologies, Inc., the University of Illinois, and the U of I Foundation.
The FMC Technologies, Inc., Scholarship Fund, formerly called the FMC Educational Fund, was originally established as the Link-Belt Educational Fund in 1963 with a donation from University of Illinois alumnus Bert A. Gayman. A few years later, Link-Belt merged into the FMC Corporation, which later became FMC Technologies, Inc. Intending to provide education and research opportunities, the fund now provides approximately $360,000 annually for undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships at the University of Illinois.
Gayman, a Champaign native who earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Illinois in 1897, spent his entire career with Link-Belt in Chicago and chose to remain an anonymous donor to this educational fund until 1973, a year before his death.
UIC ranks among the nation’s leading research universities and is Chicago’s largest university with 27,500 students, 12,000 faculty and staff, 15 colleges and the state’s major public medical center. A hallmark of the campus is the Great Cities Commitment, through which UIC faculty, students and staff engage with community, corporate, foundation and government partners to improve the quality of life in metropolitan areas around the world.