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URS Corp. Gives UAA $25,000 to Create Graduate Fellowship in Engineering


ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The UAA School of Engineering is the recipient of a $25,000 gift from URS Corporation that will be used to create a graduate fellowship in engineering. This will allow a highly qualified student to undertake research in arctic engineering under the direction of a faculty member.

This is the first privately funded graduate fellowship in the School of Engineering. The fellowship will provide an opportunity for students to engage in important research in the field, work closely with faculty, gain invaluable experience, and be more skilled and of better service to industry upon graduation.

The School of Engineering hopes to increase the number of fellowships offered and develop a cohort of graduate engineering students engaged in arctic research. UAA will look to companies such as URS to provide current, Alaska-specific needs for possible research topics.

"URS plans on staying in Alaska for a very long time and will require more engineers, good engineers, that understand the Arctic," said Joe Hegna, VP and Sr. Program Manager, URS Corp.  "URS chose to make this gift the first step in partnering with UAA."

URS is one of the top global design firms.  URS's engineering presence in Alaska goes back more than 70 years, with a permanent office since the early '50s.  URS Alaska Operations is headquartered in Anchorage, with branch offices in Juneau, Fairbanks and the Mat-Su Valley, enabling URS to provide high-quality, responsive service to clients throughout Alaska.  Services include document preparation and compliance, permitting, engineering design, construction management and hazardous waste remediation. 

For more information about the UAA School of Engineering, visit www.engr.uaa.alaska.edu
For more information about URS Corporation, visit www.urscorp.com.

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