The University of Georgia (UGA) College of Engineering’s size immediately attracted Heidi.
“What I love is how it was a smaller college within a larger university. I think that is a great thing about UGA College of Engineering,” she says.
Maria Martin from Pennsylvania agrees. “I have been able to meet so many people from different backgrounds, in and out of the realm of engineering, who have really challenged my thinking and opened my eyes to how unique and interesting we all are in different, but similar ways.”
Indeed, the UGA College of Engineering – with three interdisciplinary schools: Chemical, Materials and Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Environmental, Civil, Agricultural and Mechanical Engineering – not only makes people feel belonged, but also offers several outstanding benefits to their students.
Firstly, graduate students have the opportunity to work one-on-one with leading faculty members on many of the most pressing challenges facing the world. UGA College of Engineering’s faculty members – specialising in many research areas such as Engineering Education – are well-known within academic and professional circles, having won high-profile national, international and institutional awards including National Science Foundation CAREER awards.
“Working with both Dr. Locklin and Dr. Jambeck has been just an amazing pleasure. They are incredible researchers,” shares Katherine Shayne about her experience of working at the New Materials Institute. Here, students incorporate Green Engineering design practices in training to become sustainably-conscious engineers.
In fact, UGA and the College of Engineering place a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary research, which is the second benefit. UGA – as a leading Tier One Research Institution – has designed three innovation and discovery challenge clusters: Advancing Human Wellness, Cognition and Learning; Developing Advanced Material, Device and Cyber Technologies and Tools; and Engineering Secure, Resilient and Sustainable Systems.
Within these clusters, UGA College of Engineering faculty pursue research as well as work in partnership with colleagues from other departments such as physics, public health and pharmacy, among others, making for truly interdisciplinary collaboration.
On top of that, its commitment to providing the best facilities for interdisciplinary research meant investing over US$80 million in upgrading their research facilities across campus. In particular, the US$65 million I-STEM building – opened in Summer 2021 – will offer the much-needed research and collaborative space for faculty and graduate students in chemistry and engineering.
Students can also access the Driftmier Engineering Centre – two revitalisation phases will add on new instructional spaces, and the Boyd Graduate Studies Research Centre that has over 1,500 square feet of new graduate student work spaces. The Whitehall Engineering Education and Research Campus hosts large-scale research and testing facilities such as the Geomaterials Laboratory for all engineering disciplines
These facilities are by no means the only setting for hands-on learning. UGA College of Engineering students can take part in fieldwork, study abroad trips, co-ops and internships as well, preparing them to enter the workplace with confidence.
“They give us the freedom here to explore and I think that better equips us for the job market afterwards because that critical thinking and creativity are what really helps you become a successful scientist,” Caitlin Cato, a student working at the New Materials Institute, explains.
Finally, for talented graduate students with an interest in bioengineering, UGA College of Engineering is offering Bioengineering Fellowships to do a PhD programme in Spring or Fall 2022. With a US$30,000 yearly stipend, tuition waiver and travel funds (US$1,000 in Years Three and Four), the Bioengineering Fellows will be able to work with faculty in many projects including biomedical, bioenergy and biomaterials, and learn how to conduct research, teach and do collaborative proposal writing.
Prospective fellowship projects can include developing methods and tools to quickly diagnose chemical and biological targets; catalysis reactions for converting bio-mass into bio-products; or creating and expanding novel synthetic biology products for high value products.
Students with a BS or MS degree in relevant engineering disciplines and biology or chemistry, plus knowledge of laboratory techniques and contemporary applications of bio-based engineering can apply. Having any biological or chemical-related engineering award would be an advantage.
Even more reason for you to consider UGA College of Engineering is their impressive numbers – UGA is ranked among the top 16 public universities in US News and World Report and is the oldest public university in the US with a history dating back to 1785. UGA has also spent US$495 million in Research and Design expenditures in Financial Year 2020, and is among the top five for new products to market for eight consecutive years (AUTM).
If you have always wanted to pursue a graduate degree especially with a fellowship at one of the nation’s best public universities, UGA College of Engineering is that place for you. Apply today.
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