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K-State Today

November 21, 2014



Engineering assistant professor selected for National Science Foundation-funded fellowship program

By Michele Bradfield

Jessica Heier Stamm, K-State assistant professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, has been selected for the National Science Foundation-funded fellowship program Enabling the Next Generation of Hazards and Disasters Researchers. The fellowship supports the careers of junior faculty through structured mentoring and networking opportunities with other interdisciplinary researchers in the field.

Ten leading scholars will provide mentoring in hazards and disasters research for the 22 competitively selected fellows. Program activities will include writing scholarly articles, book proposals and grant proposals. The fellowship also covers travel expenses for three required workshops in 2015 and 2016.

"I look forward to this opportunity to network with peers and senior faculty who have similar research interests," Heier Stamm said. "Working with experienced mentors can help improve my research program and success in generating funding for research, as well as provide guidance on how to better prepare students for this interdisciplinary work."

She will use the opportunity to expand her current research in decentralized systems design and analysis, where her focus is on preparing for and responding to disasters that affect human, animal and environmental health.
Heier Stamm joined the College of Engineering in 2010 following completion of her doctoral degree in industrial and systems engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She earned her bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Kansas State University.