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October 06, 2008

 

Inaugural Husband-Boeing Scholarships awarded

Husband-Boeing Honors Scholars for 2008, from left, are Nathan Uebelhart, Alex Mushegan, Karl Nielsen, Aaron Fong and Christopher Lieder.

The inaugural class of Husband-Boeing Honors Scholars has been appointed and already is at work in California State University, Fresno’s College of Engineering.

The scholars receive four-year scholarships that cover educational costs individualized learning options, research projects, access to industry leaders and opportunities for internships and hands-on learning.

A $2 million endowment from the Boeing Company funds the program.

The scholars are:

Aaron Fong of Visalia – He is in his first semester studying mechanical engineering to satisfy his interests in science and mathematics.

Christopher Lieder of Fresno – A transfer student from the Willow International Community College Center, he is studying mechanical engineering and plans to do research in a master’s and doctoral programs.

Alex Mushegan of Clovis – His interest in civil engineering was inspired by participating in a bridge design competition when he was very young.

Nathan Uebelhart of King City – His childhood fascination with taking apart, reassembling and drawing household items, then with rocketry in high school led to his study of mechanical engineering.

Karl Nielsen of Fowler – A first-year civil engineering major, his high school extracurricular activities included participating in the Science Olympiad.

The Husband-Boeing Honors Scholarship was established in 2007 by the Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) to honor Air Force Col. Rick Husband, a Fresno State engineering alumnus. Col. Husband was commander of the space shuttle Columbia, which broke up on re-entry from a mission in 2003, killing all members of the crew. The scholarship emphasizes in its recipients three attributes of the Columbia crew members: academic excellence, professional leadership and engaged service.

Dean of Engineering Michael Jenkins said the Husband-Boeing program helps provide opportunity for students in the central San Joaquin Valley who might have thought they’d need to move away to pursue their career ambitions.

“Boeing wants our program to inspire and attract new engineers from our culturally diverse region,” said Jenkins. “In this first group of Husband-Boeing honors scholars we are seeing that happen. But, just as importantly, we are seeing people who will be role models for their own families and others in their communities to consider engineering as a career.

“We all are well aware that our nation’s success depends on the thinking and technical skill of engineers,” added Jenkins. “Our job at Fresno State is to assemble the teaching, research and physical resources necessary to train top-quality engineers to carry out the tasks ahead.”
Application forms for fall 2009 will be available at the College of Engineering Web site on Oct. 15.

For more information regarding the scholarship contact the Engineering Department at 559.278.2500.