April 2, 2019
Professor Daniel Fernandez recently participated on a Ford Fellows Engineering review panel on March 7 - 8, 2019 in Irvine, CA. He and 23 other engineering panelists were part of a larger group of 160 panelists that gathered to select pre- and post-doctoral award recipients amongst the 3,000 applicants.
The Ford Foundation looks to diversify colleges and universities within the United States by expanding their ethnic and racial aggregation, optimizing the benefits of education in diversity, and multiplying the number of professors who will use diversity as a strength in enhancing the education of students in the nation.
Dr. Daniel Fernandez’s participation on the panel was central to Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral fellowships being awarded to national competitors. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine oversaw the awarding of fellowships that will provide support for Ph.D. or Sc.D. research-based programs in 2019. Fellowship awardees are then able to attend the prestigious Conference of Ford Fellows, which allows them to network with peers, participate in professional development workshops, and receive feedback from their colleagues on current research findings.
Dr. Fernandez’s involvement in this important selection process helps contribute to the ongoing effort to include diverse perspectives in the future of engineering research.