This year’s awardees are Priyanka Kushwaha, of Indore, India; Matthias Uhl, of Noerdlingen, Germany; and Augusto Yim Alvarado, of Lima Peru. The prestigious award, which supports graduate students in engineering, chemistry, business administration, and related fields, includes a $12,000 fellowship, a tuition waiver, and coverage of mandatory fees.
Kushwaha pursued an undergraduate education in electronics engineering, and upon graduation, secured positions as an engineer for Tata Consultancy Services, then consultant for Capgemini. “By 2012, I’d played the roles of a researcher, engineer, business analyst, and consultant. I wanted to learn more about business strategy and operational excellence, which led me to pursue an MBA,” she says.
The recipient of the Illinois Dean’s Fellowship and the Forte Foundation Fellowship (the only student in the incoming class to receive both), Kushwaha also serves as the president of Women in Business. “The slim number of women in upper management is something I want to change.”
Prior to his time at ILLINOIS, Uhl worked as an engineering manager for VMS-Maschinenbau GmbH, a firm that designs and builds filling and packaging machinery. Then, he says, “I interned at one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe, Voith GmbH, in their strategy/in-house consulting. That or business development in a tech-based company—or my own startup—is what I’m interested in pursuing. It’s where I hope to leverage my MBA.”
Along with working on his own startup, Uhl is also involved with the Student Advisory Committee of the MBA program and is an MBA Dean’s Fellow.
Alvarado is a joint-degree student—along with an MBA, he’s pursuing an MS in civil engineering. He worked for almost six years at GYM S.A. in Peru as a field engineer and technical office engineer. “Last summer,” he says, “I got an internship for Natura Cosmetics in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I evaluated the introduction of renewable energies and energy-efficient initiatives in Natura’s eight distribution centers. With an MBA, I hope to improve my leadership and general management skills. I also want to understand different industries and markets in order to be better prepared to take leadership positions in construction or related industries.”
Alvarado serves as the treasurer of the Association of Peruvian Students at ILLINOIS and is involved with the Global Consulting Program.
Established in 1971 by alumnus Bert A. Gaymen, FMC Technologies Fellowships are awarded on the basis of academic and professional achievement, along with intellectual merit. Congratulations to our recipients!