On Friday, October 2, a group of people involved intimately with the Hluchyj Fellowship program took advantage of the Skinner Hall dedication ceremonies to get together and celebrate the two donors, Dr. Michael Hluchyj ('76 B.S. Electrical Engineering) and Mrs. Theresa Hluchyj (B.S. School of Nursing). The Hluchyjs are supporting annual stipends of $25,000 each for one graduate student in the College of Engineering and one graduate student in the School of Nursing. Present on October 2 to thank the Hluchyjs were Dean Theodore Djaferis from the College of Engineering, Dean Jean Swinney from the School of Nursing, faculty advisors from both the College of Engineering and School of Nursing, and the Hluchyj fellows for this academic year and last.
Dr. and Mrs. Hluchyj, who live in Wellesley, Massachusetts, funded the fellowships with key healthcare issues in mind. "We are excited to be funding these new fellowships to support cross-disciplinary research in clinical healthcare," said Theresa Hluchyj at the time. "Quality healthcare ranks among the most important issues our society faces, and the collaborative research initiatives between nursing and engineering at UMass Amherst can make a real difference."
"Fellows will work on research projects from both disciplines," the fellowship stipulates, "seeking solutions to real problems in the clinical setting using engineering-based approaches."
The two Hluchyj Fellows for the 2009-2010 academic year are He (Jack) Ze, an incoming doctoral student in electrical engineering from Hangzhou, China, and doctoral nursing student Shoshana Gladstone of Pelham, Massachusetts. Last year's Hluchyj Fellows were industrial engineering doctoral student Yi You Mei and doctoral nursing student Kavita Radhakrishnan.