Society of Schmitt Fellows - 2009

Travis Brown

Undergraduate Institution: Brigham Young University
Undergraduate Degree & Year: BS in Mechanical Engineering, 2009
Current Academic Program: Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Specific Research Area: Robotics, Bipedal Locomotion, Hybrid Vehicles
Advisor: James Schmiedeler
Why did you choose Notre Dame: I chose Notre Dame because my advisor was doing research in my area of interest (biped robots), and the Schmitt Fellowship ensured financial stability for my family. The University’s reputation also played a role in my decision.

Matthew Cooper

Undergraduate Institution: Grand Valley State University
Undergraduate Degree & Year: BS in Biology, 2002
Current Academic Program: Biological Sciences
Specific Research Area: Freshwater Ecology
Advisor: Gary Lamberti
Why did you choose Notre Dame: I chose Notre Dame for the outstanding faculty and the job placement of recent PhD recipients in Biology.

Patrick Donnelly

Undergraduate Institution: University of New Mexico
Undergraduate Degree & Year: BS in Computer Engineering, 2009
Current Academic Program: Computer Science
Specific Research Area: Distributed Systems
Advisor: Dr. Douglas Thain
Why did you choose Notre Dame: Like most graduate students, I chose the University of Notre Dame because of the compelling and interesting research programs that were offered, in particular by my current adviser. However, it was also important that the school I chose has a prestigious background, a rigorous education program, and a strong moral focus in everyday work. ND satisfied all of these requirements for me while still excelling in others including a fantastic and beautiful campus environment, a rich history, wonderful people, and, of course, a great football program.

Thomas Duster

Undergraduate Institution: University of Montana
Undergraduate Degree & Year: BS, Aquatic Biology, 2001
Current Academic Program: Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
Specific Research Area: Environmental behavior of engineered nanomaterials
Adviser: Jeremy Fein
Why did you choose Notre Dame: Quality of research conducted by my adviser; Outstanding academic environment.

Michael Kennedy

Undergraduate Institution: University of Tulsa
Undergraduate Degree & Year: BS in Chemical Engineering, 2009
Current Academic Program: Mechanical Engineering
Specific Research Area: Human Kinematics
Advisor: James P. Schmiedeler
Why did you choose Notre Dame: Research project, advisor, and monetary offer

Nicole Kroeger

Undergraduate Institution: North Carolina State University
Undergraduate Degree & Year: BS in Mathematics, 2009
Current Academic Program: Mathematics
Specific Research Area: Lie Algebras
Advisor: Sam Evens
Why did you choose Notre Dame: I really liked the friendly atmosphere of the math department when I came for recruitment weekend. Everyone seemed happy to be at Notre Dame and eager to welcome new students.

Tim McCoy

Undergraduate Institution: Colorado State University
Undergraduate Degree & Year: BS in Mathematics, 2007
Current Academic Program: Applied & Computational Mathematics & Statistics
Specific Research Area: Numerical Algebraic Geometry
Advisor: Andrew Sommese
Why did you choose Notre Dame: I was interested in studying my current area of research, and Dr. Sommese is one of the field’s founders. I came here specifically to work under him.

Kevin Mueller

Undergraduate Institution: Purdue University
Undergraduate Degree & Year: BS in Civil Engineering, 2009
Current Academic Program: Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
Specific Research Area: Structural Fire Engineering
Advisor: Yahya Kurama
Why did you choose Notre Dame: I chose Notre Dame because of the project that I was going to be able to work on. The design and behavior of structures to extreme events, such as fire or blast, are of interest to me. Notre Dame has a great structural engineering program with faculty that specialize in extreme events.

Peter Sempolinski

Undergraduate Institution: Boston College
Undergraduate Degree & Year: BS in Computer Science and Philosophy, 2009
Current Academic Program: Computer Science and Engineering
Specific Research Area: Distributed Systems
Advisor: Prof. Douglas Thain