College of Liberal Arts

Plan II Honors, Electrical Engineering Student Wins $250,000 Hertz Foundation Grant

Fri, Mar 30, 2012

AUSTIN, Texas – Anjali Datta, an electrical engineering/Plan II Honors senior, has been named one of the prestigious 2012 Hertz Fellows by the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation.

Datta and Kelly Moynihan, a biomedical engineering senior at The University of Texas at Austin, are among 15 recipients selected from more than 600 applicants throughout the United States. The Hertz Fellowship is considered to be the nation’s most generous support for graduate education in the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences. Valued at more than $250,000 per student, support lasts up to five years, giving fellows the freedom to innovate in their doctoral studies without university or research restrictions.

This fall Datta plans to pursue her Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science.

Hertz Fellows are chosen for their intellect, their ingenuity and their potential to bring meaningful improvement to society. The highly competitive selection process includes a comprehensive written application, four references, and two rounds of technical interviews by recognized leaders in applied science and engineering. In their graduate studies, fellows pursue their own ideas with complete financial independence and under the guidance of some of the country’s finest professors and mentors.

“We invest in young people who will solve our most daunting problems,” says Jay Davis, Hertz Foundation President. “These men and women show extraordinary promise. They join the community of leaders who produce advances in science, medicine, technology, business, academia and government. They bring forth innovation for the technical and economic security of our nation. While we celebrate all students selected as Hertz Fellows, my wife Mary and I are especially delighted by Anjali’s and Kelly’s selection as we both went to UT as undergraduates.”

For nearly a half century, the Hertz Foundation has fostered the scientific and engineering strength of the nation by finding the best and brightest from those disciplines. During the past decade, there has been a major shift of the candidates toward those who apply physical and computational tools to the problems of both biomedicine and health.

“The Hertz Foundation nurtures these remarkable scientists and engineers as they develop and explore their genius,” Davis says. “We help genius find itself.”

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