Graduate students Shuang Li of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and Jean Cody from the School of Nursing have been named the 2011-2012 Hluchyj Fellows at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Hluchyj Graduate Fellowship was started by Dr. Michael Hluchyj, a 1979 alumnus of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, and his wife, Theresa “Terry” Hluchyj, a 1977 alumna from the School of Nursing. The fellowship supports two graduate students in the College of Engineering and the School of Nursing with annual stipends of $25,000 so they can do interdisciplinary research in the area of clinical healthcare.
The Hluchyjs were on campus September 16 at an annual event to celebrate the new Hluchyj Fellows, the growing family of scholars spawned by the Hluchyj Fellowship, and the collaboration between the College of Engineering and School of Nursing. The Hluchyjs designed the fellowships to combine their backgrounds and personal priorities in engineering and nursing. “Fellows will work on research projects from both disciplines,” the fellowship stipulates, “seeking solutions to real problems in the clinical setting using engineering-based approaches.”
Li graduated from the University of Science and Technology of China in June as an automatic control major. She entered the Simulation and Control Laboratory at that university in her junior year and has since devoted her research to the design and analysis of linear systems with variable time delays. As Li wrote about the impact of her Hluchyj Fellowship, it is “giving me the opportunity to do research in clinical healthcare, which interests me greatly, without having to worry too much about my financial situation.”
Cody, who has been working as a clinical nurse specialist and magnet program director at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, has a research interest in patient safety and technology. “It has been my goal throughout my career to obtain my Ph.D. in nursing and add to the body of knowledge of this esteemed profession,” wrote Cody. “The Hluchyj Fellowship is a wonderful opportunity for me to fulfill this goal and to expand on my research interests.”
Dr. and Mrs. Hluchyj, who live in Wellesley, Massachusetts, funded the fellowships with key healthcare issues in mind. “We are excited to be funding these new fellowships to support cross-disciplinary research in clinical healthcare,” said Theresa Hluchyj when the fellowship was established. “Quality healthcare ranks among the most important issues our society faces, and the collaborative research initiatives between nursing and engineering at UMass Amherst can make a real difference.” (September 2011)