MechSE grad student awarded FMC Fellowship
MechSE doctoral candidate Jonghyun Choi was awarded a fellowship from FMC Technologies Inc.
FMC Technologies is a company that works in subsea systems and is a leading provider of technology and services for the oil and gas industry.
Choi heard about the grant through his fellow graduate student, Mike Wang, who received the fellowship last year. When he saw a departmental notification about the grant, he decided to apply.
“I think the company’s business structure matches well with my research direction,” Choi said.
Choi graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Hanyang University in South Korea in 2012. His research, in MechSE assistant professor SungWoo Nam’s group, focuses on ultra-sensitive biosensors as well as graphene characterization and functionalization.
Choi is not entirely sure what he wants to do when his time at Illinois comes to a close. He is considering an academic career, but said he would also be interested in taking a path within private industry. He said he may want to do work similar to that of FMC Technologies.
The FMC Fellowship was created as part of a gift from MechSE alumnus Bert Gayman, and supports scholarships, fellowships, and research. Choi is one of more than 2,000 students to have benefitted from Gayman’s generosity since the fund’s inception.