Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Mike Nelson Awarded the Kungstenen Scholarship

From the INSPIRE website:

Michael Nelson, an M.A. student in European Union Studies is the recipient of the Kungstenen Scholarship from Stockholm University, a one-time opportunity for an outstanding student from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to enroll in one of 76 different two-year Master's Programs offered in English in the Faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences. The scholarship covers full tuition and living expenses at a total value of $70k.
An interview between Michael and Harry Dankowicz, a Professor in Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, is available in MP3 form from the INSPIRE website.

Mike Nelson is a second year MAEUS student. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois in 2012. Mike works for the EU Center as a Graduate Assistant and as a Teaching Assistant for EURO 199: Dialogue on Europe, and he has also been a Teaching Assistant for PHYS/GLBL 280: Nuclear Weapons & Arms Control. During summer 2013, he interned for the Fulbright Commission in Belgium, where he was able to advise Belgian students about higher education in the United States. Mike has studied French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Swedish. His research interests include language policy, higher education, and EU governance.

Harry Dankowicz is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois and has held faculty positions in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and in the Department of Mechanics at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden. He received his M.S. degree (1991) in Engineering Physics from KTH; and his Ph.D. degree (1995) in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics with minors in Mathematics and Astronomy from Cornell University. His research efforts further seek to make original and substantial contributions to the development and design of existing or novel devices that capitalize on system nonlinearities for improved system performance.

INSPIRE's goal is to establish a transnational partnership alliance between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois) and three leading research universities in Stockholm, Sweden. This partnership was initiated with KTH Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and quickly expanded to include Stockholm University (SU). We are now actively exploring potential avenues of collaboration with Karolinska Institutet (KI). Together, these top Swedish universities include faculties of engineering, humanities, law, medicine, natural sciences, and social sciences. This partnership alliance is a collaborative venture of well-matched, peer institutions and is expected to be fully reciprocal.

Congratulations, Mike!

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