Friday, May 10, 2013

Hilti Group Awards $30,000 Engineering Scholarship at OU-Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. – The Hilti Group, which provides leading edge technology to the global construction industry, has awarded a $30,000, three-year scholarship to the University of Oklahoma College of Engineering. The Hilti Scholar funds will be awarded to Bhagyashri Darunkar, a doctoral student in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Schusterman Center campus in Tulsa.
“We are extremely excited about the opportunity to partner with the OU College of Engineering in awarding this prestigious scholarship at OU-Tulsa,” said Clint Holler, Head of Information Technology for Hilti Western Hemisphere. “Hilti relies on leading universities such as OU to further develop students who are eager and ready to contribute at a high level immediately upon graduation.”
            “The OU College of Engineering is most grateful for Hilti’s generosity in providing a scholarship to support engineering students at OU-Tulsa,” said James J. Sluss, Jr., Ph.D., Director and Morris R. Pitman Professor, University of Oklahoma School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. “We consider this an important first step in establishing a broader collaboration between Hilti and OU across all engineering disciplines on both the Norman and Tulsa campuses.”
            Pramode Verma, Ph.D., Williams Chair in Telecommunications Networking and Director of Telecommunications Engineering at OU-Tulsa, said Hilti’s support of an OU-Tulsa Ph.D. scholar is an important gesture of community goodwill. “It is also a tangible indicator of the company’s willingness to invest in producing technology leaders for the future. We greatly value Hilti’s global leadership in their area and are honored by their recognition of OU programs.
The University of Oklahoma Schusterman Center is home to all OU programs in Tulsa. Located on a 60 acre campus at 41st and Yale, it strengthens OU’s presence in northeast Oklahoma and expands educational, research and patient care programs in the Tulsa area. OU-Tulsa offers six bachelor’s degree completion programs; 14 master’s degree programs, including the physician assistant program, nurse practitioner program, doctoral programs in medicine, physical therapy, education, early childhood education, engineering, pharmacy and nursing, as well as nine residency programs in medicine. It is also home to the OU School of Community Medicine, the first of its kind in the nation, created with the explicit purpose of improving the health of all Oklahoma communities. For more information about OU-Tulsa, call 660-3318 or visit

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Tracy Kennedy (918) 660-3316  Cellular (918)691-7174
Glenda Silvey (918) 660-3317    Cellular (918)770-2407


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