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Five OSU engineering students admitted to Cambridge University in the United Kingdom

Tue, June 02, 2015
From left to right: Philip White, Eric Gilbert, Eric Ruhlmann, Kathleen Nelson and Peter Storm.

The College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology (CEAT) at OSU has five students admitted to the graduate program at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. With a limited number of American graduate engineering students admitted to Cambridge in 2015, OSU students represent nearly a fifth of the total. Students admitted are Eric Gilbert, industrial engineering graduate from Edmond; Kathleen Nelson, mechanical engineering graduate from Oklahoma City; Eric Ruhlmann, mechanical engineering graduate from Oklahoma City; Peter Storm, biosystems engineering graduate from Stillwater; and Philip White, mechanical engineering graduate from Edmond. 

Gilbert, Ruhlmann, Storm and White are W.W. Allen Scholars, some of OSU’s top students who receive extensive scholarship and leadership support through a program founded by Wayne Allen. Students in this program participate in leadership, professional development and cultural activities. The program’s namesake is the former chairman and CEO of Phillips Petroleum Company and serves as an active mentor to each student.  

“Since Cambridge is one of the top universities in the world, their acceptance is a wonderful achievement for our students as well as OSU,” Allen said. “We have a world-class engineering program with the Allen Scholars, and it attracts the best of the best.”

The College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology offers a variety of scholarship programs that compliment the W.W. Allen Scholars Program, including the CEAT Scholars Program. Nelson is a former member of this group, receiving many scholarships and leadership opportunities over the course of a four-year degree. Leadership, professional development and cultural activities are hallmarks of this program, with the goal of creating global engineering leaders for the 21st century. 

Each of the students admitted to Cambridge this year boast a variety of leadership activities and impressive accomplishments. Between the group, they have participated in campus organizations like CEAT Student Council, Student Government Association and President’s Leadership Council. Some have been recognized as Seniors of Significance and Niblack Research Scholars. They realize the impact this next step in their education will have on their careers. 

“The Master’s in Philosophy in Technology Policy will allow me to hone my skills in the realm of engineering and technology,” said White. “It will allow me to gain experience in the management of technology and the knowledge of how economics, technology and policy create a dynamic system wherein engineering is conducted.” 

Programs at the historic institution range and offer each graduate student a unique opportunity to pursue their specific area of interest. 

Nelson says the Master’s in Philosophy in Engineering for Sustainable Development will give her an unparalleled education that will provide her experience in environmental policy and management, laying the groundwork for her to achieve her professional goals.  

Gilbert, Ruhlmann and Storm will be enrolling in the Master’s in Philosophy in Industrial Systems – Manufacturing and Management, Technology Policy and Engineering for Sustainable Development, respectively. 

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