SPRINGFIELD -- Annalee Huntington, a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Springfield, has received a Graduate Fellowship from Chicago-based FMC Technologies, Inc. Huntington, a student in the MBA program offered by UIS in Peoria, will receive $9,000 for the 2007-2008 academic year.
FMC graduate fellowships are made to outstanding students in business administration, engineering, or related fields in recognition of noteworthy achievements. Students are nominated by their program advisers and final selections are made by representatives of FMC, the U of I, and the U of I Foundation.
Huntington is currently employed at the Caterpillar Mossville Engine Center where she is an operations supervisor. She was nominated for the award by Paul McDevitt, director of the MBA program and associate professor of Business Administration at UIS.
Said McDevitt, "Annalee's professional and academic careers both attest to her outstanding qualifications, and she has strong and focused values. Her current position includes direct supervisory responsibility for large numbers of employees, which has given her the opportunity to strengthen her supervisory, personal communication, and organizational skills in a highly diversified workplace."
McDevitt continued, "Our faculty find Annalee to be a goal-driven student who brings a strong mix of personal and professional experience to the classroom. As an undergraduate at Bradley University, she mastered the challenge of balancing varsity athletics with an exacting course of study and she is developing a firm and well-rounded basis for a successful career."
Huntington began her career with Caterpillar as a student intern in 2001. On graduation from Bradley she accepted a full-time position as an engineer and spent three years designing components for on-highway and machine engines. She is a 6 Sigma Black Belt, a prestigious industry designation that signifies senior-level qualifications for managing continuous improvement throughout the full corporate spectrum of products-to-services and manufacturing-to-transactions.
Huntington earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Bradley in 2002. She expects to graduate from UIS in 2008 and maintains a 4.00 grade-point average.
The UIS Peoria MBA format is designed to meet the needs of students who are employed full-time but wish to complete degree requirements in a timely manner. Courses are offered so that it is possible for students to complete degree requirements in 21 months.The FMC Educational Fund (formerly the Link-Belt Educational Fund) was established in 1963 by U of I alumnus Bert Gayman, who donated a large block of company stock to the U of I Foundation.