Former AME faculty member J.N. Reddy and his wife, Aruna, recently presented AME with a $15,000 gift to establish the Aruna and J.N. Reddy Graduate Student Travel Fellowship. The scholarship will provide the needed funding for AME graduate students traveling to academic conferences, where they can present research findings, learn from their peers and meet fellow researchers.
Reddy, currently a professor at Texas A&M University, came to the University of Oklahoma in 1975. During his five-year tenure at OU, Reddy not only was promoted to associate professor, but also built the foundation of a lifelong friendship with his colleague, S.R. Gollahalli. It was through this friendship that Reddy learned of AME’s need to fund graduate student travel.
“The scholarship just made sense,” said Reddy. “After all, it’s really about giving graduate students every opportunity to succeed, We all reap the rewards of engineers serving in areas such as petrochemical, energy, transportation, communication and aerospace.”
Although it’s been years since Reddy was part of the AME faculty, he still has a special connection with AME.
“This was my first academic position. The faculty colleagues were so friendly and the atmosphere was very conducive to good teaching and research. These initial conditions made a big impact on my career,” said Reddy.
To learn how you can create or contribute to scholarships, contact Jill Hughes, executive director of Development for the OU College of Engineering, at (405) 325-5217.