Ethan Schaler, a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering, and a member of GEMSTONE Team: Cogeneration Technology and the Honors College, has just been awarded one of only fourteen 2011-12 Churchill Scholarships to the University of Cambridge, UK. Ethan will complete a one-year MPhil in Micro and Nanotechnology Enterprise before continuing doctoral studies in the United States. The Churchill Scholarship covers tuition and all fees at the University of Cambridge, as well as a living and travel allowance from $16,500-$20,000. Ethan has previously won the Goldwater Scholarship and a Bridging Scholarship for study in Japan.
Ethan plans to pursue engineering studies through graduate school and focus his research on developing mobile and networked micro-robots. He is extremely active in the campus chapter of Engineers Without Borders, and is currently Project Manager for 5 projects in Brazil, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Peru and the US, while developing a new project in Thailand. Ethan is also proficient in Japanese, and has studied abroad and conducted research in Japan on several occasions while at Maryland. A 4.0 student with numerous publication and presentation credits, Ethan has worked for several years in Prof. Sarah Bergbreiterís lab. Prof. Santiago Solares also served as a Maryland recommender for Ethanís Churchill Scholarship application.
The Churchill Scholarship is one of the most prestigious and academically competitive opportunities of its kind, and is the only major scholarship to the UK devoted exclusively to outstanding students in the sciences, mathematics and engineering. Annually only fourteen Churchill Scholars are selected from one hundred three American colleges and universities. Churchill Scholars must demonstrate extraordinary talent, outstanding academic achievement, and exceptional personal qualities. Since 1963 there have been 452 Churchill Scholars in the Biological and Physics Sciences, Engineering, and Mathematics. They include scholars, researchers, and teachers in major universities and laboratories, as well as leading figures in finance and industry.
January 20, 2011