Foundry Education Foundation awards record number of scholarships to UWM students

FEF Scholarships 2022

A record 17 UWM students received scholarships from the Foundry Education Foundation (FEF) this semester. “The foundry industry needs innovative minds to create materials that advance sustainability, health and medicine, aircraft, and space exploration,” says Pradeep Rohatgi, UWM distinguished professor, materials science & engineering.

Congratulations to the following students, who are studying diverse fields at UWM including architecture, biomedical engineering, computer science, materials engineering and mechanical engineering.

  • Ross Abrams
  • Telemachos Agoudemos
  • Cameron Ahles
  • Swaroop Behera
  • Masum Bellah
  • Owen Bellevage
  • Omid Ghaderi
  • Rosalba Huerta
  • Pradnya Narvekar
  • Luke Osvatic
  • Kaustubh Rane
  • Kaveri Salunke
  • Mason Steffe
  • James Veltri
  • Shreya Wadekar
  • Tien Wong
  • Pablo Zertuche Flores

FEF’s support helps UWM students secure internships and jobs

“One of the great pleasures has been to get over $200,000 in FEF scholarships to UWM students over the years, and to help them find jobs in Wisconsin and across the nation,” says Rohatgi, who has served as the university’s FEF key professor since 1996. 

These jobs have been with foundries – including Waupaca, Kohler Industrial Castings, Signicast, Grede, Badger Alloys, Spuncast, Stainless Foundry—and companies — including General Motors, Tesla, GE Aviation, Intel, Boeing, Oshkosh,and Lockheed Martin.

FEF certifies UWM’s Foundry Education Program. Scholarships are one way that the foundation supports students who want to master metallurgy and pursue careers in the foundry industry.

FEF also helps students find jobs in the foundry industry and supports the Foundry Lab at UWM.

Most students receive scholarships starting their freshmen year and continue to receive them until they graduate. Working as paid assistants, students also take part in research projects at the UWM Foundry.