Weibing Chen and Peter Owuor, doctoral students in materials science and nanoengineering (MSNE) at Rice University, are recipients of the 2017 Franz and Frances Brotzen Fellowship Awards.
The Brotzen Fellowships are given each year to MSNE graduate students who have shown “outstanding excellence in academics and research.” Chen and Owuor were nominated by Jun Lou, professor and associate chair of MSNE, and each was awarded $2,000.
Chen earned his B.S. in materials science and engineering from Tsinghua University in 2008 and his M.S. in condensed matter physics from the Chinese Academy of Science in 2011. He earned a second M.S. in chemistry in 2014 from Rice and is pursuing a Ph. D. in MSNE.
Owuor earned his B.S. in manufacturing and industrial engineering from Egerton University in Njoro, Kenya, in 2010, and a master’s degree in materials science and engineering from Tuskegee University in 2014. He is scheduled to receive his Ph.D. in MSNE in December from Rice.
The fellowship was established by David Lee Davidson and his wife in honor of Franz R. Brotzen, who joined the Rice faculty in 1954 as its first materials scientist. He taught until 2009 and died in 2010. At the time of his death he was the Stanley C. Moore Professor Emeritus of Materials Science.
–Patrick Kurp, Engineering Communications