Two engineering graduate students receive Phil Gramm Doctoral Fellowships

Two graduate students in the Dwight Look College of Engineering have been chosen 2013 Phil Gramm Doctoral Fellows recipients, announced Dr. Karen L. Butler-Purry, associate provost for graduate studies.

Alexander Bayeh from the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Arupa Mohapatra from the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering were among 10 Texas A&M University graduate students who received fellowships. 

Photo of Alexander BayehBayeh (left) will defend his dissertation this month. He received both his B.S. and M.S. in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M. His past and current research involves the development of a miniature supersonic burner and the application of a new laser diagnostics technique to the high-speed flames. In 2009 Bayeh received a three-year National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship, funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
 
Photo of Arupa MohapatraMohapatra (right) received the B.Tech. degree in electrical and electronics engineering from the National Institute of Technology in Tiruchirappalli, India. His research interests are optimization and performance evaluation in networked systems, with an emphasis on wireless communication networks. Mohapatra has been a teaching assistant for seven different courses while at Texas A&M. Students describe him as being fair and challenging, and someone who genuinely cares about the success of his students.
 
Recipients of the 2013 U.S. Senator Phil Gramm Doctoral Fellowship are chosen for exemplary contributions in research, teaching and mentoring in their doctoral programs. Recipients were recognized at an awards ceremony April 4 at the Forsyth Galleries in the Memorial Student Center. The fellowships also include a $5,000 cash award to each recipient.