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Three PhD Students Named 2022 Bodenheimer Fellows

Steven Corum, Adam Foshie, and Daniel Mishler ave been awarded a 2022 Bodenheimer Fellowship in the Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Steven Corum

Steven Corum

Steven Corum is a PhD student pursuing a concurrent master’s degree. He is in the electrical engineering PhD program studying analog integrated circuit design with Benjamin Blalock.

“I am eternally grateful to Mr. Crabtree, Professor Emeritus Bodenheimer, Professor Emeritus Bouldin, Dr. Marc Bodenheimer, and Professor Blalock of the selection committee for their support,” Corum said. “It is a tremendous honor to be awarded the prestigious Robert E. Bodenheimer Fellowship. I am humbled to be mentioned in the same breath as the distinguished Fellows who preceded me.”

Adam Foshie

Adam Foshie

Adam Foshie is pursuing a PhD in computer engineering under the guidance of Garrett Rose, with concentrations in VLSI system design and neuromorphic architectures.

“Becoming a recipient of the Bodenheimer Fellowship is truly something I cannot be more grateful for,” Foshie said. “It is an honor to be selected among the other outstanding and high-achieving candidates. In the last couple of years, financial need has been rather turbulent for many, including myself, but with this award, some of that burden will be lifted off my shoulders. I am elated that, with this aid, I can put my full focus toward completing my studies and sharpening my skills for a bright future.”

Daniel Mishler

Daniel Mishler

Daniel Mishler is a PhD candidate entering his second year in the computer engineering program working under Distinguished Professor Jack Dongarra. His current research focus is memory in distributed systems, and his general area of research is in high performance computing.

“When I saw an email in my inbox early on Tuesday morning, I was quite surprised,” Mishler said. “The culmination of my many thoughts in that moment could have been well summed up by ‘Go Vols.’ Going forward, I suppose this means I’m all the more committed to bearing a torch for the community.”

Bodenheimer Fellowships, valued at $10,000 per year per person, are combined with GTA/GRA positions bringing the total award to more than $46,000 per year. The fellowships are awarded to superior or deserving EECS graduates from UT to encourage them to stay on for graduate school at UT. These students, who often have GPAs of 3.8 or above, are being recruited with similar offers from the very best graduate programs in the country and these fellowships allow us to make them competitive offers.

Each student may receive the fellowship for up to five semesters while pursuing their MS degree and an additional ten semesters when pursuing their PhD degree on a full-time basis.

About the Bodenheimer Fellowship

The Bodenheimer Fellowships were established in honor of Robert E. Bodenheimer who taught ECE courses at UT for nearly forty years prior to his retirement. The primary benefactor has been one of his students, Michael C. Crabtree, who received his BS in 1973 and MS in 1975 from UT, both in electrical engineering. Crabtree was one of the founders of CTI (Siemens) Molecular Imaging, Inc.

An applicant must be a US citizen with preference given for Tennessee residents and be accepted or enrolled as a full-time student in the EECS graduate program at UT with a superior academic record and/or financial need. Applications are due each January with award offers made in March for students beginning (or continuing) their programs in the next summer, fall or spring term. The selection committee consists of Michael Crabtree, Ben Blalock, Don Bouldin, Garrett Rose, Robert Bodenheimer, and Marc Bodenheimer (MD).