U.S. Department of Education Awards $900,000 for Engineering Ph.D. Fellowships at Rensselaer

October 25, 2018

U.S. Department of Education Awards $900,000 for Engineering Ph.D. Fellowships at Rensselaer

Program seeks to increase diversity of Ph.D. student population

The U.S. Department of Education (DoE) 2018 Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Program has awarded Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute nearly $900,000 to support an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in aeronautical engineering and mechanical engineering.

“These awards are among the most competitive and prestigious awards made by the U.S. Department of Education,” said Suvranu De, a distinguished professor of engineering and head of the Rensselaer Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering (MANE). “We are competing with leading universities to attract the highest quality graduate students from around the nation, and these fellowships represent a strong acknowledgement of the quality of not only our research programs, but also the expertise of our faculty.”

According to DoE, grants are awarded to programs and institutions to sustain and enhance the capacity for teaching and research in areas of national need. The GAANN programs provide opportunities to students who demonstrate financial need and superior ability.

This marks the first time in decades that MANE has received such an award, which will support six graduate fellowships per year for three years. This will advance the department’s progress toward three critical goals: to increase the number of U.S. students enrolling in mechanical and aeronautical engineering Ph.D. programs; to increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities receiving doctorate degrees in mechanical and aeronautical engineering; and to offer an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program that includes a strong teaching instruction component, which will prepare students for successful careers in research and academia.

The team of MANE faculty members who received this award and will work closely with the university’s GAANN fellows includes Theodorian Borca-Tasciuc, Farhan Gandhi, Catalin Picu, Diana Borca-Tasciuc, and Mamadou Diagne.



For general inquiries: newsmedia@rpi.edu

About Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is America’s first technological research university. Rensselaer encompasses five schools, over 30 research centers, more than 140 academic programs including 25 new programs, and a dynamic community made up of over 6,800 students and 104,000 living alumni. Rensselaer faculty and alumni include upwards of 155 National Academy members, six members of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, six National Medal of Technology winners, five National Medal of Science winners, and a Nobel Prize winner in Physics. With nearly 200 years of experience advancing scientific and technological knowledge, Rensselaer remains focused on addressing global challenges with a spirit of ingenuity and collaboration. To learn more, please visit www.rpi.edu.