Three ME PhDs Awarded 2024 Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships

ME PhD students Arun Cherkkil, Ibrahim Oladepo, and Reza Yousofvand are recipients of 2024 Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships (IDF), given to outstanding mid-career Ph.D. students who are engaged in interdisciplinary research. Award winners receive a $25,000 stipend, academic year tuition at the general graduate rate for up to 14 credits per semester, and subsidized health insurance through the Graduate Assistant Health Plan for up to one calendar year in an effort to support their work at one of the University’s interdisciplinary research centers or institutes.

ME Professor and Director of Graduate Studies Peter Bruggeman feels the interdisciplinary nature of the IDF awards is part of what makes ME a strong department. "Solving the world's most pressing problems requires us to leverage advances in engineering that heavily rely on interdisciplinary collaborations," said Bruggeman. "Our ME department has a long tradition in leading interdisciplinary research programs to tackle grand societal challenges and training the next generation of multidisciplinary innovators. The three ME 2024 IDF awardees collaborate with partners across the university on major challenges in the area of human health, a major impact area of our department."

Congratulations to ME's three IDF winners.