ROCHESTER — Oakland University is looking for 16 academically talented and financially needy students to award $4,800 per year engineering scholarships for up to four years.

Last year, Oakland University’s School of Engineering and Computer Science was awarded a $598,980 National Science Foundation grant to support OU’s Product Lifecycle Management Scholarship Program for students with financial need to study either Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) or Mechanical Engineering (ME).

The NSF’s goal in allocating these funds is to help satisfy a growing demand for engineers by enabling more engineering students to enter the workforce following completion of their degree.
This year, Oakland is looking for an additional 16 new students to enroll in September 2013 (8 in ISE and 8 in ME). Each scholarship recipient will be appointed an OU faculty mentor and will have access to math and science tutoring relevant to their studies.
The Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget estimates that the state will welcome about 4,000 new industrial and systems engineering and mechanical engineering jobs over the next six years. Oakland University is striving to help meet this growing demand by providing stimulating, rigorous and rewarding academic programs of the highest quality.
“While this grant will provide direct support for 32 deserving students, we believe it will also help highlight to other students the exciting engineering career opportunities in southeastern Michigan” said Professor Robert Van Til, Chair of the Department of Industrial and System Engineering. “Companies are having a difficult time finding enough qualified engineers to fill their current job openings.”
Aspiring engineers interested in pursuing this NSF scholarship opportunity should contact Professor Van Til at (248) 370-2211 or
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